Originally Posted by luminary
Wow thanks for the pointers. I did try a 3 point skyalign on the first time I took the scope out and found that the identified three objects were way out - including Regulus which I can't even get due to Northward trees. I'll have to try it again as I think it really requires like you say a triangle of stars. Having said that the misalignment with the two star auto was not great. I mean Saturn was about halfway between the centre and field stop on GOTO.
The included finderscope is abysmal. I'm definitely going to get something like you point out. Telrad probably.
I'm not sure about the Feathertouch focussers yet. Quite a bit of money and I was considering the knob modification but I see the benefit of perhaps using the Crayford type instead.
No probs, happy to help
The first time I did a SkyAlign it was rubbish and I had no end of troubles, then using a triangle of stars it was much much better. Something else to check is that you are on the right setting for DLS (daylight savings). The first few times I didn't have it selected properly and objects were not right, though now we are back to normal time so it might not be an issue for you.
I have the stock finder and at times wish it had a right angle viewer but it's good enough for initial set up and any subsequent re-aligns.
Give the focuser a few limit to limit turns a few times first and see how it pans out.
The biggest issue I have is remembering to turn off cordwrap and having the scope do a 300 degree turn instead of a 60 degree turn...