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I am trying to set up my Skywatcher 200p, which I haven't had a chance to use for a couple of years.

I could find everything except for the eye piece, but I did manage to get my ASI224 camera setup after much faffing.

I'm extremely rusty and without the eyepiece, focus and alignment was a real challenge and I can't even remember basics such as home position.

So, I have much to do tomorrow, but I did ask the mount to point at Rigel and took a photo of the area it pointed at. The good news is that it seemed to track fine. The problem is that Astrometry tells me that it was actually pointed here:


I just wondered if the difference between Rigel and the actual location might give any obvious pointers as to set up problems.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

EDIT: Looks like the Dec is almost exactly 90 degrees out. So maybe I am doing something stupid with my start position, and throwing the whole thing out by 90 degrees.

Edited by BigBoot

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Just switched everything back on to see if I could get it pointing in roughly the right direction to known stars, and it just seems to work now.

Not sure whether I made any adjustments before shutting down last night, or whether just "switching it off, and then back on" did the trick 😀

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