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Old 12-02-2016, 05:27 PM
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billdan (Bill)
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Hi Ben,

The HEQ5 you purchased should have the latest firmware installed which has a polar alignment procedure. That is, it will tell you to point at a selected star and give you the error in AZ and EL that you can adjust.

Otherwise drift alignment is the most accurate procedure if you have the patience to wait for the the star to drift away. If I want to do 10 min subs, then I drift align for 10 mins to check and make sure I am close or within a 1 arcmin error.

As your RC06 is new it probably does not need collimation and I wouldn't touch it unless you are convinced it is off (poor focusing or excessive coma).

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