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    Default My new "PushTo" system (part 2)



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    I see the issue with the OTA being level but I would think that being digital it really wouldn't matter. I suppose you could always mount the compass on the base ensuring that it is lined up with the center line...??? I may give it a try too.
    I think it would be better having it on the base. I know some of the digital compasses can't be around steel or iron because they can interfere with it. I might just try it with a regular compass that has degree markings on it. I know my magnetic declination so if you know that and know where true north is it shouldn't be a problem.


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    I used my "push to" system for a few hours last night with great success. I was within a few degrees for both alt/az and setup was pretty easy. I started by laying a ground tarp. Next I laid a cheapo non digital compass on the tarp. I marked North with a pencil. Then I setup my base and scope. When Polaris was visible I made some small adjustments. It then worked very well for the entire evening. Got some great hits and was always able to get items at least into the finder scope.
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    I finally got to show my dad how to use a push to last night. I did a quick and dirty setup towards Polaris and marked my 0. Stellarium just wasn't set up for our current location so things were off by a degree or 2 but we could find everything we were looking for including our first comet. We tried the star hop method but due to lack of sleep for me(close to 40 something hours straight) I was having a hard time concentrating. I told him, 'We'll just cheat and use the computer.' Turned out great. M31 looked really nice last night too. Managed to get 6 Messier's knocked off his list.
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    Got mine set up yesterday and after figuring I was off about 3 degrees, we were able to view Andromeda and found Hartley2. My wife and I were so excited to just spend our time looking at these two that we didn't search for anything else. Oh, we did look at Jupiter and it's moons. Very cool! Can't wait to take it out again tonight.
    Here are pictures of my setup. I bought a piece of aluminum to make my pointer. Cost $3, so the total with angle finder was $46.
    Thanks for all the posts, this is really helping me to find objects and not get discouraged.

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    ^^^ trockyh
    Is your angle finder LCD/Backlit? Where did you get it from? I really like that.
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    That is most cool. I am planning on getting mine setup next payday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K&K_Dad View Post
    ^^^ trockyh
    Is your angle finder LCD/Backlit? Where did you get it from? I really like that.
    That is the digital angle finder that Sears sells. I am thinking of putting red cellophane over the readout as it is a bit bright.
    Had some unexpected company last night and showed them my new found skill in finding objects in the sky.

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    Sears doesn't carry them here in Tucson for some reason so I am hoping to find them on-line for a resonable price.

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    Picked one up here in Danbury at Sears on sale. $25

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    If you attach a compass ANYWHERE on the side of the DOB, it will show you the angle, it doesn't need to be in line with the centreline.
    If you get a bearing compass, (which reads from the back) you can make it even easier to read.
    I have a CAD system on my PC and will make up a setting circle and send to anyone who would like one.
    You can then go to any drafting office with a plotter and they'll print it out to your size for a few dollars.
    I won't do it unless anyone is interested though.
    I can do one for altitude too if wanted.
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