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    Default Solar tracking



    Forgive me if this is a dumb question. I'm a newbie and just getting started with my new go to scope which offers sidereal, lunar and solar tracking. I understand why the scope must be star aligned before it will auto track, and I'm finally getting pretty good at that. I've never used lunar tracking, although I understand it. The default sidereal seems to be good enough for lunar viewing.

    But how do you align a scope for solar tracking?

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    Default Re: Solar tracking

    I usually do my alignment in the evening and have marked the spot(s) where my tripod legs sit.

    During the day I put the scope in exactly the same spot and start from the park position.
    Slew to the sun and set solar tracking working.'
    Sometimes there is a small amount of drift which can easily be adjusted for by shifting the tripod a small amount.

    Also remember to practice safety and extreme caution with solar viewing of any kind, you only have one pair of eyes!
    Use a good solar filter and keep the finder scope covered during solar activities!
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    That makes sense, but what would you do if you could not align the scope the night before? For example, I plan to travel this summer to view the total eclipse and won't be able to do that.

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    Default Re: Solar tracking

    My Skywatcher synscan setup starts by presuming that the park position is with the scope level and pointing north.
    Using a compass will get you in the ball park and you can make small adjustments from there.

    I am not sure how the Orion system works but I would imagine there are folks in the know and they will chime in.
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    Default Re: Solar tracking

    All you need to do is go through your regular aligning routine even though you can not see the stars. When the scope slews to where it says the alignment star is, just answer that the star is centered. The alignment will show as successful. It's goto is not accurate (who cares it's daytime) but it's tracking will still be good. If you try to goto the sun, it may be off, but if you manually slew to the sun it will continue to track it.
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    Default Re: Solar tracking

    If you keep your latitude and Azimuth adjustments exactly the same from your last session and just point the tripod to your true north position and then just bypass the multistar alignment and just choose the sun you'll slew pretty close to it I'd bet. Then just fine slew to center and sync to target.
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