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David Crane

Polar alignment without polaris

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For a few years now I have struggled to polar alignment because polaris is just out of sight behind a building. I do have a reasonable decent southern aspect.

 I now normally use PHD polar alignment  but as this can take some time I have just tried Sharp Cap Pro which seemed less frustrating. It didn't work as I had to angle my scope nearly horizontal to get above the other building skyline and I think I exceeded Sharp Caps plate solve data base.

Is anybody aware of a similar program that I can use with my southerly aspect that is less time consuming than PHD drift align. I have tried a few others but all suggestions would be gratefully grasped.



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Sorry but drifting is the only way, and probably the most accurate 

Far more accurate than the celestial pole method

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OK, thanks. Actually that's what PHD say in their notes I..'ve just discovered.

Now I looking to see if I can make the adjustment bolts on the HEQ5 mount a bit easier to operate and still get a good lock but I think the system is tried and tested.

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Is it for AP or just visual. There is an app called PS Align Pro which offers a PA routine for those that can’t see Polaris. I use it in the daytime when setting up just to get near the NCP. I can see Polaris and when I fine tune at night, it’s usually pretty close

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