Comparison of Rough Polar Alignment Methods

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nighthiker Regular Member • Posts: 325
Re: Comparison of Rough Polar Alignment Methods

Hi!

The laser pointer is very simple and good enough for 35mm and 30 sec frames. >=3 frames will also allow to get rid of plane & satellite trails by sigma clipping. Peephole seems to be better, but that's a pain in the back at 60N

At the moment we only have NLC here for which I don't need any tracker Next highlight are the Perseids which are right at the edge of astronomical darkness, so the show is quite short.

Any type of a pano head is a little bit much for the Nano Tracker, but for the Polarie I use a simple 'non-nodal indexed pano head' which helps a lot for multi-row panos at night. I just have to take care with any close foreground.

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