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    I've been seeing some people on YouTube using the Polemaster camera for polar alignment. I personally have little trouble polar aligning but it does typically take me about 10-15 minutes to 2 star align, and like now in my backyard with the leaves out I would have trouble finding other stars, though Polaris is easily visible. The benefits to the Polemaster seem to be speed, cutting alignment down to 3 minutes time, and there are claims that it's a more accurate way of doing it vs eye through a scope. Polaris is the only star needed.

    So my question, is anyone using this or know anyone that is using, and does it seem to be worth the money ($270)?

    I'd be happy with the time savings but that alone wouldn't make me buy it. What would make me buy it is a better alignment, or the convenience of getting a super accurate alignment using only Polaris so I could use my backyard this summer some instead of always having to go out somewhere else.

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    Default Re: Polemaster???

    What telescope do you have?
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    Telescope is Orion 115mm Eon.

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    Default Re: Polemaster???

    I personally do not use one and see no reason to spend the price of a good eyepiece on something that will only save me a minute or two polar aligning, but some people seem to like them.
    Have you checked the website to see if your specific mount is compatible?
    I imagine after the time it has been out most mounts would be by now.
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    I use polemaster. PA takes me about 2 mins, RMS is normally around .6 to .8. Yes a bit expensive, but it’s one of the best accessories I’ve ever bought. But, make sure it is compatible with your mount before buying.
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    Default Re: Polemaster???

    Yes I have one and it was well worth the money. For visual observing I don't normally use it. For Astro Photography it's great. I allows you to do polar alignment quick, easy and accurately without having to crawl on the ground trying to use the polar scope. Since it's release and big sucess, there are several companies that basically copied what QHY is doing with it's software and added it to their software.
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