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    Default Polar alignment/R.A. alignment



    I would like to use my GEM the way it was design to. The instructions are not very clear and I never did this before.

    Would someone kindly explain how a can accurately pilot align my mount to be able to align my R.A. Scale. Then if done correctly I should be able to fine object I want using the objects coordinates and my mount. Thanks for help in advance!
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    *polar align*
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    Walter, before any of the polar alignment gurus can help you, they will need the following info:

    Type of mount
    Does it have a polar scope
    Is it go-to or manual

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    Hey Walter, Take a look at this search page on Google and watch whatever videos you like. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

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    Hope it helps.

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    Thanks. It's a German equatorial mount, no go to, only manual, and no polar scope. I did read there is a way to do it without one. I check out that link. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterK View Post
    Thanks. It's a German equatorial mount, no go to, only manual, and no polar scope. I did read there is a way to do it without one. I check out that link. Thanks.
    Your welcome Walter, I bet after watching a few of those videos, you'll be able to give us a class on polar alignment..lol. If you have any nagging doubts or questions later, jump in and ask away, we do have a helpful crew in here.

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    There is quite a bit of material on polar aligning the Telescope Mounts forum, in the Stickies section.

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    Are you referring to CG-4 by any chance? If so here's something from the manual itself. Hope this helps:

    Quote: Celestron:

    Attaching the Slow Motion Knobs
    (For Non-GT Models Only)
    The Advanced Series (non-GT models) comes with two slow motion control knobs that allows you to make
    fine pointing adjustments to the telescope in both
    R.A. and Declination. To install the knobs:
    1. Locate the hard plastic shell under the R.A. shafts.
    2. Remove either of the two oval tabs by pulling
    tightly.
    3. Line up the flat area on the inner portion of the R.A.
    slow motion knob with the flat area on the R.A.
    shaft (see Fig 2-7).
    4. Slide the R.A. slow motion knob onto the R.A.
    shaft.
    The knob is a tension fit, so sliding it on holds it in
    place. As mentioned above, there are two R.A.
    shafts, one on either side of the mount. It makes no difference which shaft
    you use since both work the same. Use whichever one you find more
    convenient. If, after a few observing sessions, you find the R.A. slow motion knob is more accessible from the
    other side, pull firmly to remove the knob, then install it on the opposite side.
    5. The DEC slow motion knob attaches in the same manner as the R.A. knob. The shaft that the DEC slow motion
    knob fits over is toward the top of the mount, just below the telescope mounting platform. Once again, you
    have two shafts to choose from. Use the shaft that is pointing toward the ground. This makes it easy to reach
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    I learnt by using this webpage. It has a simulator that allows you to try polar alignment without even going outside! After I got it perfect in the simulator I tried it outside and managed to reduce star trails over night (just need autoguiding now). Give it a go here and follow the instructions on how to do it (tip: you need to adjust the mount MUCH more than you think!)

    Classic Astrophotography - Photographing the Cosmos with ordinary film

    Click on the 'drift simulator' picture on the home page, then click the big picture at the top again and follow the instructions at the bottom of the screen.

    Good luck!

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