Today my new HEQ 5 pro SynScan mount arived and i was blessed with clear skies, so i started to set up in the garden around 6pm, firstly i didnt have a spirit level to set the tripod (forgot to buy one today) so i got it as close as i could bye eye.
Next on to the polar alignment. I was amazed at the improvement of the polarscope compared with the EQ3-2. I picked out polaris and centered it in the polarscope, set the time and date as i would have for the EQ3-2 and noticed that the aditional markings to show the big dipper was at a different angle to the actual positions of the stars in the sky.
So i had a look at the instructions for the HEQ6 but they didnt seem to make any sense.
Now correct me if i am wrong if i lock the set screw as mentioned at the end of step two the RA setting circle will not move round to 1h 0m ?1. Unlock the RA axis and rotate it until the reticule pattern shows the Polaris Location Indicator at the
very bottom (i.e., the 6 o'clock position - See Figure h-2). Re-lock the RA axis.
2. Loosen the RA setting circle by loosening the setscrews, then turn the setting circle so that its
indicator is pointing to zero. Do not rotate the mount in RA, just loosen and move the RA Setting Circle. When done, tighten the setscrews.
3. Now unlock the RA axis and rotate the mount so the Setting Circle indicator points to 1 h 0 m. Use the top scale if you are in the northern hemisphere and the bottom scale if you are in the southern hemisphere. Lock the RA axis.
4. Rotate your Date/Longitude scale so that October 10 lines up with the Date Scale Indicator (i.e., 10th day of month 10).
5. Unlock the RA axis and rotate it back so the RA Setting Indicator points to zero again on the RA Setting Circle scale.
also in the section on the actual polar alignment:
Does any of this seem illogical? sureley if you lock the setting circle set screw the setting circle will not move!1. Rotate the RA axis so the Longitude Index Marker (See Figure h-4) lines up with your Date Scale Indicator. Lock the RA axis.
2. Turn the Date/Longitude scale so that your calculated "Zero" point lines up with the Longitude Index Marker.
3. Unlock the RA axis and rotate the mount so the Date Scale Indicator is pointing at the current date. Lock the RA axis.
4. Loosen and move the RA Setting Circle to show the current time. Use the upper portion of the scale for the Northern Hemisphere and the bottom for the Southern hemisphere. Tighten the Setting Circle.
5. Unlock the RA axis and rotate the mount until RA setting circle indicator points at Zero. The reticule is now in the proper orientation. Use the altitude and azimuth adjusters to place Polaris into the small circle on the perimeter of the bigger circle in the polar scope reticule.
Or am i reading it all wrong?
can anyone offer any assistance?