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Hi All,

Dose anyone have a good guide for drift aligning a newt, on an EQ mount, Northern Hemisphere, using eyes not a camera please?

I haven’t got one of those illuminated double crosshair eyepiece jobbies either.

Any help would be most appreciated.

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You really need, if doing it visually, a cross wire eyepiece. This allows you to see and measure the drift in Declination.

A low star in the East: Drift to the north- axis too high

A star near the meridian: Drift to the north - axis too far East


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Here is the drift method explained as explained in Astronomy magazine in 1982.

The pics are a bit grubby now, but I hope they can help you.

Might be better to copy them and print out for yourself.





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