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Polar alignment

Started by jcbroadhead, 12/05/2011 08:24PM
Posted 12/05/2011 08:24PM Opening Post
Is there a easier/faster way to get true polar alignment than the declination drift method.
Posted 12/05/2011 08:46PM #1
As far as I know declination drift will be the most accurate. For visual observation, you can get pretty close in ten to fifteen minutes. For a new setup, level the mount and set the polar axis to your latitude, make a good guess on north. Do the azimuth drift first. If you have set the latitude to within a degree or so, you will probably be good to go for visual observing, even though you may have to do a little star hopping to find your targets. If you are setting up in the yard, mark where the tripod legs go and you won't have to re find the starting point. For photography, you will want to go through a couple of iterations.