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Polar Aligning a Skywatcher EQ5 Mount

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gfletcher

Hi Guys

I have just aquired a new EQ5 mount which has a polar scope fitted as standard

On looking thro the polar scope it is different to what i remember.

From what i can remember it used to show a circle with a small circle on the larger circle and it was the smaller circle that you used to put polaris in.

The latest polar scope does not have this small circle so i am confused as how to use it.

Has anyone got a detailed instruction as how to use the latest polar scope?

thanks in anticipation

Graham

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Ron Clarke

Hi Graham, I never use that little bubble anyway!

If you use Polar Finder (free) then just place Polaris on the outer ring at the correct time (as if the circle were a clock face).. job done..

 

Cheers

Ron

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gfletcher

Thanks for that Ron

Is your method accurate enough for prime focus DSLR imaging?

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gfletcher

Hi Graham .

I have just bought the enhanced dual axis motor drives for the eq5 mount.

The enhanced version has a built in ST4 port for guided imaging

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Graham

ok scrub that then.

I actually set the EQ6 mount up in my obs using exactly the same method as Ron said.

It is good enough if you are guiding.

I did test it afterwards using eqmod and it was pretty well spot on.

Guided I can do half hour subs with ease so it cannot be that far out :2thumbsup:

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Ron Clarke

Yes Graham, as the other Graham said, especially if your'e guiding. :)

have you got Polar Finder?

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gfletcher

Does this mean that I don’t need to bother with any settings of the RA and DEC scales on the mount?

I can purely position Polaris on the reticule clock face of the polar scope at the info taken from Polar Finder?

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Graham

exactly right.

Download polar finder and where ever it shows Polaris to be at a set time then at that time match its position in your scope.

Job done

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gfletcher

I guess then it is wise to rotate the RA so that 0 appears at the top of the reticule and then lock the RA.

 

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Bottletopburly

you may have the new reticle doesn't have the small bubble i use the polar scope Align pro app that has all different reticules  quite a box of tricks in this app ,even has a daytime alignment app

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gfletcher

That looks interesting

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Ron Clarke

I also use the polar finder on SynScan Pro (WiFi) which I now use instead of the SW handset..

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Streetbob

I would be interetsed to know how you guys attach your phone to your mount/scope.

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Bottletopburly
18 hours ago, Streetbob said:

I would be interetsed to know how you guys attach your phone to your mount/scope.

You don’t , but you can make one for better accuracy 

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