Ok. Heres the story. There is an ongoing debate at GLP about wether or not "goto scopes" actually work because of "Planet X pushing the Earth out of its orbit." Mine still works fine. I was going to post my reasoning as to why this is the case, but I thought I would let you guys look it over just once to make sure that I've got my facts straight, and to make sure I'm being as friendly as possible. The last things I want to be accused of are being rude when I use the same screen name everywhere I post, and posting... well... bad astronomy. It is not corrected for spelling yet, but here it is.
"Perhaps this will shed some light on the whole "goto scope" issue. My hometown in Kentucky is practicly right on the 38th parallel. To be specific Lat: 37.99N, Lon: 84.18W. The functions of a goto scope depend on Polaris remaining in a fixed position in the sky. Because I have the latitude manually and permanently set on my scope, it is already set to track Polaris. All thats left to me is to point it in that general direction, which involves nothing more than rotating the base of the scope left or right. If the the Earth had been moved out of it's orbit, I would have to completely redo my latitude setings to account for the repositioning of Polaris in the night sky. Because I have not needed to do this yet I know that Earth is right where it is supposed to be. Here is a link to an astronomy club close to me.
I'm sure that where ever you live you will be able to find similar groups. Feel free to print this post and take it with you to any astronomy club in your area. I'm sure they will be able and willing to give you a demonstration and walk you through the setup procedure I have listed above. It's not as complicated as it sounds, and requires very little or no re-adjusting after setup the first time out. Happy hunting."
So what do you think? Am I one the right track here or should I just hush before I confuse someone even more? I'm open to suggestions and corrections so feel free.