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Hi All

When I use SynscanInit to help me to Polar Align, it shows me an image of Polaris against an Octans reticle (as fitted in my Polar Alignment Scope) as follows:



However, when I look through my Polar Alignment Scope, the image I see is like this:


It's upside down with respect to the SynscanInit view. 

So my questions are:

1. Is my Polar Alignment Scope fitted upside down in my mount (SW EQ3-Pro)? 

2. If not, How do I read the information from SynscanInit?  Should I position Polaris in the corresponding position, ie at the top of my view?


Thanks in advance


P.S. Sorry for the huge pictures.



Edited by Phillips6549

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OK, so I found this thread. 

From the Polar Alignment Scope instructions posted in that thread, it seems that my reticle is indeed upside down.  The instructions say to rotate the mount on the RA axis to bring 0 o'clock to the top of the field of view - not possible when its 180 degrees out as the mount can't rotate that far with the OTA installed.

So I have removed the PA Scope, shimmed the threads with some cardboard and reinstalled it, now the reticle is in the correct orientation within a few degrees.  All I need now is a clear night.


Do let me know if you think I've done the wrong thing.



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