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    You could always try getting the marker to 62+ degrees during the daylight where you can maybe see what the problem is. Really loosen up the opposite lever that stops the mount from rising and try to turn the lever that raises the latitude.

    On my Altas EQG it was hard to turn the lever until I took the scope and counter weights off and then I kind of assisted the mount in rising as I turned the lever by lifting up on the counterweight bar to get the weight off the screw as I turned it. Then it turned pretty easy.

    At any rate it's something to try. Offsetting the tripod can do it too, but it can be tricky dealing with an offset tripod, especially in the dark.

    If you do get the mount adjusted for 62, try to get it a bit higher so that at night you will be lowering the adjustment when pointing at Polaris. It can be easier to lower than raising, unless you are at/near 10 degrees then you have a different problem

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    Default Re: My first polar alignment - Frustrating

    Quote Originally Posted by Oliviergus View Post
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    So if I understand this correctly:
    Place tripod and mount pointed north, lower one of the tripod legs (but keep the mount balanced) to compensate for the missing 2°.
    ...
    I may be misunderstanding here. I have a CG-4 mount, but fortunately don't have your extreme latitude issue.

    I think you want to set the latitude adjustment somewhere around say 58 degrees and then raise (lengthen) the front (north) leg. To me, that would put the mount's polar axis above your 62 degrees, allowing you a little "wiggle room" when coming down to Polaris. (Adjust using the latitude adjustment, leaving the tripod alone.)

    Then, do not level the tripod. Leave it where it is. Of course, you'll need to check the balance afterwards.

    If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

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    Default Re: My first polar alignment - Frustrating

    For the Skywatcher EQ6 / Orion Atlas mount, I get a latitude range of 14-70 degrees when I search for the specs. So 62 degrees should be no problem. You should not have to adjust a tripod leg.

    I would follow Karen's ( kszakonyi's ) advice and do the adjustment the first time in the daylight, with the mount unloaded.

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