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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:01 pm 
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Another one from last night – this time Polaris using 19 subs at 5-minutes per sub on the M26C/Sky 90. A few faint fuzzies in the background, but annoyingly just missed Polarissima Borealis. North is up and note that we are now in portrait mode. Why is that? Well you know I am no fan of this GEM and this just makes things even worse. If I image in the South, the stupid mount is cantilevered right over and the cameras point at the sky in Landscape mode. Image to the North and the mount axis is straight up down (or almost) and the cameras now point at the sky in portrait mode. Now what the hell is the use of that? With my alt-az on a wedge if I set the camera up in Portrait (or Landscape) mode, that’s how it was set no matter where it pointed in the sky – as it should be. I dunno, variable Portrait/Landscape modes, Meridian flips, what a load of rubbish!!
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Hey Greg, at least you've got a bright star near the pole!


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Hi Gordon,
Happy New Year to you :D Yes I know the lack of an antipodean Pole star is a bit of a sticky point (I used to live in Takapuna) - but in those days I only did visual astronomy (naked-eye or binoculars) so I wasn't too bothered that there was no star to help with my polar alignment :D
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