Meade Lx200 Schmidt Cassegrain Mirror diameter = 10” or 263.5 mm Focal length = 2500 mm Focal ratio = f/10 Manual/handset control
Telescope Mount Type Azimuthal mount Stable More difficult to track objects
Telescope Mount Type Equatorial mount Harder to construct Easier to track objects
Telescope Setup Meade Superwedge Previous years Azimuthal mount Track 5 mins approx. This year Equatorial mount Track 30 mins approx. Rough Polar alignment Precise Polar alignment
Rough Polar Alignment Finding North Levelling the mount Obtained Latitude using GPS = 53°22´58.4"
Rough Polar Alignment Dec = 90° HA = 0 °
Precise Polar Alignment Assumes Rough Polar Alignment procedure completed Alignment procedure initiated using handset Telescope attempts to align with Polaris Centred on Polaris using N,S,E,W direction keys Scope Slews to another star (Aldebaren, Hamal)
Precise Polar Alignment Located this star using chart Centred scope on this star using N,S,E,W direction keys Process complete Can now use handset to find a star