Comparison of Rough Polar Alignment Methods

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Re: Comparison of Rough Polar Alignment Methods

Very helpful.

So the smartphone compasses are deflected by the Polarie? I thought they worked off GPS so they shouldn't be.

I do find the most accurate method with the Polarie is the polar scope. But as you say you need to set up the tripod so you can kneel behind it. The older polar scope does not have an illluminator. I got a Skywatcher one and its OK but does not really turn off.

I get up to 60 seconds at 14mm with smartphone inclinometer and compass.

I saw this wonderful feature on a prototype Toast Techonologies Polar alignment that used GPS and you simply adjusted the mount until a dot was in the centre of a circle it created. I haven't seen that come to market though.

Greg.

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