Re: Alternatives to Polaris alignment? I can't see Polaris
You could try drawing a line during daytime by casting a shadow of a vertical pole at sidereal noon (Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day) and somehow use that for your Az alignment. If you level the mount your elevation will be your latitude. That should get you somewhere close. Then mark the tripod feet on the driveway and the leg extension on the tripod legs so you don't have to do it again.
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