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Posted by Glenn Mitchell on August 29, 2002 02:06:42 UTC

(1) Make sure you have the date, time, and location set correctly. Be as precise with the longitude and latitude as you can get! You'll be off nearly 1' for every mile you're off with your coordinates.

(2) Don't forget to offset for daylight savings. Otherwise, you'll be off by 15 degrees.

(3) Make sure all the settings are right on the Magellan II computer. Polar mode, northern hemisphere, encoder steps for RA and Dec. You'll have enormous errors, if any of these are wrong.

Under ideal circumstances, your scope has 5' accuracy. In practice, you'll be lucky to get the object inside the FOV of a 26mm EP. Use the widest EP you have, when you slew.

Good luck!

Mitch

Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D. (aka Mitch)
10" f/10 Meade LX-200 GPS (Big Blue) s/n 01088
Supercharged at ASO by Dr. Clay Sherrod, # 2314-2010
N 30 30' 49.2" / W 084 20' 13.8"

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