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Need Help - ETX90 Polar Align Field Tripod

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Posted by Jeanne Callaghan on December 24, 2000 11:30:23 UTC

I purchased the ETX90-EC, autostar and field tripod for my husband for christmas and am
trying to set it up before tonight and Meade Tech support is closed for the holiday.

I am a novice at this and am having trouble with the most basic thing. When I mounted the ETX on the tripod I followed the directions which indicate that the 'N' tripod leg should be between the 2 attachment holes on the base
of the scope. When I do this and try to set my latitude (after I have aligned the viewfinder) the tube (not sure what terminology is correct for
this part) of the scope points downward which leads me to believe I have this on backwards (duh). I am setting it for 28 degrees since we live in Clearwater,Fl.

When I position the 'N' leg of the tripod north, the 'N' leg is under the tube of the telescope and the leg with the built in level is on my right. All pictures that have come with the tripod indicate that the leg with the level should be on my left side if I was standing behind the tripod looking thru the eyepiece.

A this point I have turned the scope around (did not change the mount just swiveled it) so that the tube is facing opposite the 'N' leg and positioned over the fine latitude adjustment knob. I did not touch the horizontal (RA)
or vertical (declination) locks from when I previously set them. Given this information can you tell me if this is set up properly or what I need to do to set it up? Thank you Jeanne

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