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  • Laurence
    (1 July 2017, 18:44)
    Great work with the tech details and references. Thanks
  • Omer
    (29 June 2017, 12:09)
    Thank you so fuc**ng much. Finaly, someone explained this sh*t! All I could find until now are some stupid manuals that explain nothing. Just fuc**ng theory about polaris and azimuths and I don't know what. I just want to point this thing to polaris, not become fuc**ing stephen hawking! cheers mate!
  • Gena
    (22 June 2017, 02:07)
    No one is going to care in 15 thousand years it wont matter
    There wont be Earth any more
    BC the precession
    AD the prosecution
  • R. F. Royce
    (4 June 2017, 17:31)
    You can now select the tracking rate. The main problem with these mounts is the hand controller. You have to learn its unique ways.
  • R. F. Royce
    (4 June 2017, 17:26)
    Okay. Here's the type of problem I find very frustrating. Th instructions on my Atlas Pro read (for setting up tracking) Go to ESC/Tracking. What you really have to do is after Initializing is done, you are shown questions regarding basic information. Pass through them by hitting enter until you see Setup at the left. Hit enter again and you will also see two triangular arrows pointing up and down at the right. You can now use the up down key at the bottom left until you see Tracking come up. Continued
  • R. F. Royce
    (4 June 2017, 15:06)
    Years ago, I made an equatorial mount with accurate setting circles. It was great and worked very well. Now I have this go to thing (it's my second one)and to put it charitably, is a colossal pain in the ass. The hand controller readout is impossible and the cord too short. The result is total frustration. Add to that using the telescope is a whopping pain. Can't move it by hand. Sitting in the dark and madly pushing button to no avail is not my idea of astronomy. I haven't given up but I'm close.
  • Bernie
    (13 May 2017, 20:31)
    You have a wonderful ability to explain things clearly.
  • TheTooner
    (3 April 2017, 06:40)
    It's not perfect, but a properly adjusted ScottOiler will give you much more consistent and reliable lubrication and much less mess than using an aerosol chain lube. Either way, if you got a great mess of splatter you are applying too much and if you see no splatter at all you are probably not applying enough.
  • Michael Miller
    (21 February 2017, 16:28)
    I had problems with new oil filters on 2000 zx6r. I get no oil pressure after installation. The motor runs for 10 seconds or so and the oil pressure light stays on. All new filters have a backflow flap to keep the oil from draining out. I think the flow of oil on these engines is backwards????. Does anyone else have this happen and what did they do to fix it.
  • (6 February 2017, 21:30)
    A test comment containing a hyperlink to that should be neutered. So should and
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    (6 February 2017, 21:27)
    A test comment containing a hyperlink to that should be neutered. So should and
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    (6 February 2017, 21:26)
    A test comment not containing any hyperlinks.
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    (6 February 2017, 21:19)
    Testing with neutering stub, functional, in place. *
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    Testing with neutering stub, nonfunctional, in place.
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    (6 February 2017, 21:14)
    Testing comment addition
  • xxx
    (6 February 2017, 20:47)
    test again.
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    (5 February 2017, 22:47)
    Testing if this needs moderation
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    (5 February 2017, 15:25)
    Test comment, author name given.
  • Richard
    (5 February 2017, 14:17)
    Testing comments after a software change.
  • Rodrigo
    (29 January 2017, 04:04)
    Thank you for posting this troubleshooting work. I am courios, did the problem was your cables all the time or the misalignment of the motor shaft and the worm? I am installing the Ovision worm and I notice some misaligned in the oldmsn coupler when I rotate the worm.
    Thank you
  • wes
    (23 January 2017, 15:14)
    Right, found two. The free one (!) correctly portrays the inversion, though the other has more information displayed. So, I guess alignment goes like thi:
    1. Put scope in polar home - DEC = Lat, RA =0. (after leveling and so forth)
    2. Use alt-az adjustment to put polaris in center of polar scope to start
    3. Rotate the polar finder to put polaris circle ruling at the correct hour angle
    4. Use alt-az adjustment to place polaris in the circle
  • (21 January 2017, 15:51)
    Google "polar scope calculator" and you can find several websites and phone apps that will take date, time, and location, and tell you where the offset direction should lie. Warning: some of them compensate for the inverted image in the scope, some don't, so check that carefully.
  • Wes
    (21 January 2017, 15:09)
    Very Nice Richard. For fun I have just gotten a cg-4 mount on which I have a 5" reflector. It has a polar scope, but Celestron only ruled it with the offset circle and a small Polaris circle. How can I set the thing to the proper hour angle so the polaris circle is correctly oriented?
  • Scott
    (15 January 2017, 07:12)
    Your post on Finding Objects for Astrophotography is the clearest, most concise one I've found. Everyone seems to gloss over the actual "target acquisition" part of AP. I've spent half the night trying to find things before. Thanks very much for this, it is most appreciated!
  • CSL
    (4 January 2017, 00:31)
    The best do-it-yourself I have seen. Saved me 200 to nod add lowering links.
  • Steve H
    (31 December 2016, 14:10)
    I have a Meade lx200 on a cgem mount. When I balance scope I get it to where I think it is balanced but when I turn it past I point it starts to flop, same thing happens in other direction.
  • Alan Phillips
    (22 December 2016, 06:11)
    Just great, been looking from my bedroom window watching stars disappear!
    Can go back to sleep now, well informed, many thanks!
  • RCden
    (4 December 2016, 01:30)
    Superb instructions and pictures. Thank you!
  • xcalibur
    (12 November 2016, 21:57)
    would be better if you posted processed image without any additional processing, but only flat box corrected
  • ABPboy
    (12 November 2016, 16:47)
    Yeah, but you missed the grades that taught capitalization, punctuation, and spelling, huh?