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Viewing Moon during the day

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    Proto Star

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With the moon about during the day, it seems a waste to let it sit there unviewed. I took a stab yesterday and got some images but the effort involved was tremendous. Two problems 1. Finding and focusing and 2. tracking - not able to do star alignment on GOTO mount.
Any advice most welcome.
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    Star Forming

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What i do is setup/aling early morning and park scope, then use during the day. Beware of the sun when tracking..
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I use a camera....

...oh, and binoculars...

Edited by yeti monster, 10 April 2011 - 10:30 AM.

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    Bright Giant

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I used to roughly polar align mine (using a compass to find north) and then select Lunar tracking whilst slewing using the "arrow buttons" ,always seemed to work.



    Sub Dwarf

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If you put the scope in HOME POSITION each time you finish using it........Or PARK on some mounts. If you set it up more or less in the same position the next time you use it.....just change the date and time on the handset and and select yes when it asks you if you want to go back to the Park or HOME poesition......it will get you close to your target



    Proto Star

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I reckon golf tees, all the way in where the feet of your tripod was set the last time aligned. Not great if you collapse the tripod and don't fully extend it mind you. And would not work very well on concrete.

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    White Dwarf

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Does your goto allow you to do a Solar System Align? so that you can select the Moon for the alignment object?



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If you test the alignment on the moon during the day and it is spot on, can you then view bright planets (eg venus or jupiter) aswell using the go-to. I dont know if this will work. you might only be able to see them very faintly.
I'd be very interested to know if anyone has done this.

Edited by Ursa Major, 10 April 2011 - 06:26 PM.


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