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    DATE Local Time: 2019, March 19, Tuesday
    Time: 04:20 ~ 05:15
    LOCATION: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
    SUBJECT(S): Learning to pilot an Equatorial Mounted Telescope
    EQ: Meade Polaris 80 mm EQ Refractor Telescope, Tasco 7x35 Binoculars, Folding Stool, Folding Wagon
    Notes: Awoke at 04:00. Out the door at 04:20. Took about 20 minutes to set up (not to align). Polar alignment and piloting an equatorial mounted telescope is a major exercise in spatial relationships. It is important to set the Azimuth and Latitude adjustment Locks after polar alignment. When sighting it is to easy to forget about focus. I still have a lot more practice and learning to do.

    I decided to use the term pilot instead of drive because drive is what the motor on my telescope does.
    I have had this telescope for years but this is my first time outside trying to use it.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Hi Donald! Keep pressing...it will become easier with time...although unlike the alt-az mounts, the equatorial is not "intuitively obvious"!!

    Did you get a chance to observe any of the early morning planets...Jupiter, Saturn, Venus?

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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Keep on trying - I'm sure you will be able to work it out.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Hi Donald! Keep pressing...it will become easier with time...although unlike the alt-az mounts, the equatorial is not "intuitively obvious"!!

    Did you get a chance to observe any of the early morning planets...Jupiter, Saturn, Venus?

    Dave
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    I only had in a 32 mm Plossl that gave me 28x. I was mostly looking at Polaris but toward the end I did get a view of the moon and it looked great. I had a new variable polarizing filter with me but didn't use it.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Every night out is experience gained. My first EQ mount (not really all that long ago) was rather counter-intuitive to me at first after a few years of alt/az action. Didn't take long for it to become second nature.

    Before you know it, muscle memory and instinct will kick in and you'll be swapping eyepieces, focusing, and swinging to targets without even thinking about it.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    DATE Local Time: 2019, March 19, Tuesday
    Time: 04:20 ~ 05:15
    LOCATION: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
    SUBJECT(S): Learning to pilot an Equatorial Mounted Telescope
    EQ: Meade Polaris 80 mm EQ Refractor Telescope, Tasco 7x35 Binoculars, Folding Stool, Folding Wagon
    Notes: Awoke at 04:00. Out the door at 04:20. Took about 20 minutes to set up (not to align). Polar alignment and piloting an equatorial mounted telescope is a major exercise in spatial relationships. It is important to set the Azimuth and Latitude adjustment Locks after polar alignment. When sighting it is to easy to forget about focus. I still have a lot more practice and learning to do.

    I decided to use the term pilot instead of drive because drive is what the motor on my telescope does.
    I have had this telescope for years but this is my first time outside trying to use it.
    I just run mine in AltAz mode - problem solved!


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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    Re: I have had this telescope for years but this is my first time outside trying to use it - sounds like me, Don. I still have 2 or 3 I've not observed with yet. But the majority of my scopes have only been given a cursory first light and nothing else. They need further testing and usage.

    Never touched my EQ mounts for about a year until I learned how to properly use them with the help of "How To" videos online. Most helpful was from Eyes on the Sky "How To Use an Equatorial Mount for Amateur Telescopes".
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    Default Re: 2019, March 19, Tuesday, 04:20 ~ 05:15

    The first time I used an equatorial under the skies was a nightmare. You are doing just fine. All in good time, like said here above, there will come a day when you do all that on auto-pilot.
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