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After what felt like a decade my Mesu e200 was finally delivered. It is such a beautiful piece of machinery, no frills just pure functionality.

I had the counter weights manufactured locally and completed the mechanical assembly, pretty straight forward. Thanks to @Jonkhttps://stargazerslounge.com/profile/37161-jonk/ for providing me with the dimensions for a 16,5kg counterweight in stainless steel. I downloaded and installed SciTech.exe plus the other bits of software to make it work. The only thing I’m still uncertain about is Carte du Ciel. I’m used to Stallerium for my Skywatcher and Celestron PWI, which I love. I guess I’ll just have to get used to CDC.

I need some assistance and would appreciate help. My mount is not going to have the luxury of a permanent pier, I have to move it off the balcony every time I’ve finished my session. I have a very limited view of the South (I’m in South Africa) and no view of the SCP. Despite this I can polar align to a high degree of accuracy with the Synscan routine embedded in the SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro hand controller. Having had a cursory glance at the help menu in the SciTech Polar Alignment tab and it appears that I will need to have a view of the Celestial Pole. Does anyone have advice please? 

Thanks Shaun













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You’re welcome @ZS1RA. Good looking setup!

You can drift align, albeit it will take time to be very accurate but once you’ve done it once, mark the tripod position on the balcony, leaving everything else set up as best you can so you always get it very close to alignment each time. A little tweak here and there may be enough.

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22 hours ago, ZS1RA said:

The only thing I’m still uncertain about is Carte du Ciel. I’m used to Stallerium for my Skywatcher and Celestron PWI, which I love. I guess I’ll just have to get used to CDC.

Drift alignment as detailed above will get you there.

Stellarium work every bit as well as CdC with this mount.

Congratulations on your mount - you will love it!!!

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