Question about Meade 8" LX90 LNT Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope with SmartFinder w/ FREE UPS
I live in apartment with the balcony facing west and I can not see the True North from my location. So when I do the polar alignment I can not get it right. I was thinking that perhaps I going to need a GPS.
Has anybody got any ideas that may help me?
The only reason you would want to polar align is to do astro-photography which will be difficult from your location.
Use the scope in normal ALT AZ configuration. Calibrate motors, Train Drives, make sure time, date, site, are set correctly. The Calibrate sensors function sets the magnetic deviation for your SITE. Not really that important because when you center two alignment stars everything is corrected anyway.
So take the wedge off the tripod --- you can still do short duration astro-photography usually not exceeding 12 second exposures and then STACK the images using software.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
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