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The Celestial Sphere
Stars appear to us as tiny points of light attached to the surface of a huge sphere surrounding us, an infinite sphere with our planet Earth in the center. Stars and planets appear to be moving
Know Your Equatorial
In this article we will introduce you to the basic elements of an equatorial mount. You will know what problem it tries to solve and how it works!
The Equatorial Coordinate System
Right Ascension and Declination are two terms we hear frequently from astronomers, what are these coordinates? How to use them to find an object on the sky?
Polar Alignment Part 1/3 - Using a compass
Want to show your friends Saturn and its beautiful rings? You need to make sure that once you point your telescope to Saturn, it stays there in the field of view for as long as possible
Polar Alignment Part 2/3 - Using the star Polaris
Take your Polar alignment to the next level! This article explains how to use Polaris and a Polar Alignment Scope to align your equatorial mount. This is a must know technique
Polar Alignment Part 3/3 - Drift Alignment
Are you into deep space astrophotography? Do you want to take long exposure images of your favorite Galaxy? You can't do this without perfect polar alignment