Re: slewing sound level

Ron Wodaski <ronw@...>

Roland says you can do a one-star alignment if you are either already polar
aligned, or don't care to increase the accuracy of your rough alignment. To
do this, start the two-star alignment, and quit after the first star. The
mount will cheerfully accept. I haven't tried this yet, but it would a great
convenience for casual observing: all the benefits of the goto features
without the hassle of a precision polar alignment.

As an alternative, if your polar alignment is very rough, Roland suggested
using the Tour to align on the brightest star in a constellation; you will
then be able to goto other objects in the constellation with a wide-angle
eyepiece, even if polar alignment is quite bad. In effect, you've got a
"local" alignment that suffices for observing in a small area of the sky. If
you move to another area, a quick recalibration for that constellation
should do the trick.

Next time I am out observing, I will take detailed notes on how this works
and post them. I'm in Seattle, so who knows when that will be; if someone
does it first, my heart will survive. <g>

Ron Wodaski

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey D. Gortatowsky [mailto:mrrockets@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 7:39 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] slewing sound level


I ditched a message that had the exact same tone as yours. After rereading
the original I realized whomever it was posting (grayfox65?) was trying to
get way more precision than I currently need. I mean it was _great_ to get
all this information, and I did file it away, but I was thinking to myself:

"Hello! I just want to slew and have the object in the FOV of
31mm Terminagler, not a 2.5mm LV with a 5x PowerMate! :^D
Can't I do a quick two star alignment and start observing?
maybe refine the mount's error by using a synchronize

However reading the entire message again I see that is exactly the case. So
I trashed the email. I think we are talking about two different criteria for
pointing accuracy here. Me thinks grayfox65 wants to put it on a CCD chip or
somptin' like that. Or I could just be out in left field.

Clear skies,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rich N." <rnapo@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 7:00 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] slewing sound level

Maybe I need to read more about using the AP software,
but, having to make a number of passes between Polaris
and another star to polar align seems like a lot of work if
you are not trying to take long exposure astro photos.


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