Dr. David Toth
At 08:52 AM 2/28/2007, Bryan Henry wrote:
I do visual work and find a pointing model to be very useful forBryan: I certainly wasn't trying to belittle anyone's effort to improve their pointing.
I have an older AP800 mount but usually use my Paramount ME when I go portable
(although it is usually in my observatory) ... I use TPoint to polar align and THEN I do
a small pointing model later (I also have TheSKY PE with TPoint).
It had been my experience though that the polar alignment scope got me pretty close for visual
observing so that pointing was not too bad. But, it of course depends on the FL of the OTA and
whether you are sure of what you saw - i.e. if you are trying to see things at the limits of detection,
I understand one feels more honest if they were more sure that the object WAS actual in a place
to be seen, rather than using averted imagination. I usually don't try to find real faint things visually
with the 7" f/7, but maybe the time has come to push the envelope a bit!
I use the PDA version of The Sky with TPoint and it improves theWell, Rolando et al have been pretty innovative in the past, so nothing would surprise me. Since you
have TPoint, you'd have the best of both worlds.