Jump to content


2 star alignments of EQ5 Goto (Skyscan 3)


Recommended Posts

Another newbie question I'm afraid!

Picking up my goto upgrade today (cant wait now for clear skies!!). I've read/watched info on a 2 start alignment and I'm wondering if an illuminated reticle eyepiece is essential/a good idea for undertaking the 2 star alignment process?  Not planning to shoot on the laptop to start with (just via the Canon EOS 6D attached to the scope) so wondering how best to centre the stars?  I understand that one can get additional overlays on the camera (including a diagonal cross) if I upgrade the OS to Magic Latern. Maybe this would then allow a 5x or 10x zoom and use liveview to see if the stars are centred?

Thanks in advance

Skywatcher Explorer 200p

EQ5 Goto

Canon EOS 6D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I normally align with the eye piece in and using the guide scope.  Then once aligned, switch the eyepiece for my 450d and attach the guide cam. Then using live view focus on the last star I used for alignment, say Vega as it's nice and bright.

Then slew around to my imaging target.

Edited by SkyExplorer
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.