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    Right, if you're content to just center Polaris real well it would work like a regular finderscope. The thing about this finderscope is that it includes a little graduated line indicating exactly how far from the center Polaris should really be for exact alignment. Rotating the scope swings this graduated line around like the hands of a clock. You just need to know what angle to place it relative to the little dipper. Using a program like 'polarfinder.exe' you can predict such things in advance. With a little effort you can catch Polaris when it's exactly due east or west of where you want it, and only make a one axis adjustment (if I understand this properly).

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    Okay Hall ... after some digging around I just got plain old lucky and found something that might interest you ...

    Tuthill Polar Alignment Tool - attaches to the back of the wedge and provides a precise first-shot alignment to Polaris. The one I found was specifically for an old C8 ...

    Here is a link to an article at Astromart ... better pictures and an explanation on how it works ... https://www.astromart.com/articles/a...?article_id=53

    ... AF.net even had one posted with an eBay link way back in 2004 ... FS: Tuthill Precision Polar Axis Finder
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    Default Excellent description of Meade LXD75 polar alignment

    BTW, I just read this book, "A User's Guide to the Meade LXD55 and LXD75 Telescope" by Martin Preston. He has a huge section explaining how to polar-align a GEM in general, and the exact usage of the polar finderscope.

    He also explained an erroneous idea found in the Meade manual. The finderscope has two elements in it, one is a straight line with a mark about 1-degree off-center (which is where Polaris should go). The other pattern in the reticle is what looks like the bucket of the big dipper, or small dipper, and the manual leads you to believe that's what it is.

    Nope. According to this book it's Octans, and Meade LXD75 owners in the S. Hemisphere can align the four stars of that constellation with the image on the reticle and be aligned on the SCP. I am attaching a scan of one of the book's illustrations showing what the reticle displays.

    One last thought on my own situation. With this finderscope replacing my original finderscope, I may not need to rotate the finderscope per se. With some luck, I can just rotate the entire telescope in azimuth, although you'll still need to guess at the angle Polaris is from the NCP.
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