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Hi! I have just bought a heq5 pro and I have some questions... 1. Level. I have watched many astronomy videos and almost all of them uses a small level tool to level out all three legs on the mount. But on many mounts like the heq5 pro there is a built In bubble leveler.. Is it better to use a small level tool than the bubble? 2. Polar align. I have read and watched many polar align videos but I'm still insecure on how I should do it... The mount has a RA index scale, and a date circle. What I have understood is that those are for enter date and time to find Polaris, right? But do I have to use those scales if I use a polar finder app that tells me were to put Polaris in my polar scope? Like the photo below After this I should do 3 star alignment for more accurate tracking (I only have dslr to align with) right? 3. Home position. This is needed right? if so, how does it work and how do I do it?
Hi, I was asked on a Swedish forum to put an "Astronomical Dictionary" on my homepage. I have made a test page in an easy form. Astronomical related words linked to wikipedia. It aims to the beginners in astronomy so it should not be too complicated words. http://astrofriend.eu/astronomy/astronomical-dictionary/astronomical-dictionary.html Let me know if it's useful and and I shall add more words. /Lars
Unlike many I was fortunate enough to get an hour or so of crystal clear skies last night. Up until now I have always roughly plonked my EQ3-2 due North and had fun with some observing. Last night however was my opportunity to try my new HEQ5 (birthday present) and I thought I would set-up properly for the first time. Having been given some great advice on Polar alignment in another topic (I started) I was quite confident this would not be too tricky for me, I was very wrong. I spent the first 20 mins looking at the counterweight rod, and again nothing as the dec axis was not rotated to look through. I was just too excited and forgot everything I had read through these cloudy evenings about setting up. Anyway I could finally see stars after about 30mins but too many to pick Polaris. I think I was in the general direction but I could not make out which one was him. Should Polaris be really obvious to me, like way brighter? Also it seemed that I had to tip the altitude back almost as high as it could point, does this seem right? I was basically sitting on the cold wet floor squinting up through the polarscope at maybe 10/15 stars with no clue what was what. Deflated I resorted to manually moving the scope for 5 mins before the clouds rolled in, the night a failure.