Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:29 PM
I’m beginner in astronomy and I had many troubles to set up the Polaris motor drive attached on my Polaris 130 EQ that I bought recently.
After many temptations I was finally able to set it up, and now it ‘s working just fine, I can truck stars as well as planets without moving the telescope,I use it with the moon, Mars and Saturn.., it was very nice.
I would like to share with you the steps I followed to operate the motor drive:
1- lining up with the celestial pole ( declination axis of the equatorial mount should be lined up with the latitude of observing location and the polar axis (RA) should be lined up with the star Polaris)
2- look for the celestial objects you want to truck by rotating the optical tube around declination and polar axis (to make it easy the viewfinder should be well aligned)
3-center the object in the MA26 mm.
4-turn on the motor drive.
5- if you are observing in northern hemisphere then switch N/S to ‘S’, if not you should set it to ‘N’ (as Mr Steen said Previously on his review)
6-put the motor speed to maximum.
After that, when we see the celestial object on the eyepiece it remains centered and static during all the observation time as the motor drive is compensating the earth’s rotation.we can change then the eyepiece to more magnifying one to observe more details.
Please if you have any comments on this steps or any other remarks, I will appreciate if you could share it.