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I have just bought a heq5 pro and I have some questions...
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?
I own a polarscope from FLO for a couple of months now, however I have never been able to get a correct polar alignment.
When I screw in the polarscope in the mount completely then the 3 angle is at the top (see picture).
However with this polaris keeps moving out of the circle when I polar align it. (Polar alignment seems not to work)
When I loosen it I can get the reticule to 0, however the polarscope is very loosely in the mount.
How to best get the polarscope correctly into the mount and get an accurate polar alignment.
Taken in Scarborough, North Yorkshire on 16 December 2017.
My main aim with this image was to show those just starting out in the world of astrophotography what can be achieved on a budget with simple and affordable equipment. Using my iPhone and the NightCap app set to Star Trails mode I captured this as one image over a period of four hours (hence the number of airplane trails!). I then edited the image on my iPhone using the Snapseed app to darken the sky and bring out some colour in the star trails.
I was very pleased with the outcome given that all of this was achieved using only an iPhone and readily available, easy to use apps.
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.
Let me know if it's useful and and I shall add more words.