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« Reply #15 on: 22:59:20, 27 March, 2016 »
9. After selecting the star, the software then asks you to rotate the RA axis another 30°
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« Reply #16 on: 23:02:05, 27 March, 2016 »
10. Once rotated again, double click the star to indicate it's new position. This will then draw a green circle showing the arc the star should take once the mount is set back to it's starting position.
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« Reply #17 on: 23:04:01, 27 March, 2016 »
11. At this stage, the RA axis needs to be returned to the starting position. On my CEM60, I selected the zero position – for EQ6's, the default park position will work.
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« Reply #18 on: 23:04:47, 27 March, 2016 »
12. The software then asks you to double-click Polaris & re-align the template over the background stars using the slider
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« Reply #19 on: 23:05:31, 27 March, 2016 »
13. Using the Altitude (up/down) & the Azimuth (left/right) bolts, centre Polaris in the green circle & click "Finished"
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« Reply #20 on: 23:09:06, 27 March, 2016 »
14. The software then asks again to double-click on Polaris & rotate the template
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« Reply #21 on: 23:09:47, 27 March, 2016 »
15. Next, click on the “Start Monitor” to see a real-time view of where the mount adjustment should be.

On the left hand side, the red circle indicates where the mount is pointing, whereas the green indicates where it should be pointing – make some final adjustments to get to polar alignment.

You are done!
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PoleMaster from QHY - Conclusions
« Reply #22 on: 23:11:38, 27 March, 2016 »
 Conclusions:
 
  • Very easy to install the software & drivers – download page from QHYCCD.
  • Online manual is not very clear, but the software more than makes up for that by being very intuitive.
  • Even at low exposure rates, Polaris & the reference stars are easy to see.
  • The parts are extremely well made & fit together perfectly. There are even additional holes to secure the kit, but I did not find these necessary.
  • It would have been better, in my opinion, if the 2 mount adapters employed the same connector to the camera collar – this would eliminate having to keep swapping the collars to fit a second mount.
  • Only the Heq5 & EQ6 came with a fancy cover to put over the adapter if the camera is not in place. If the adapter connector was the same for the different mounts, then the same snazzy cover could be used on the kit not holding the camera currently.
  • The manual mentions, “Current version is suitable for use from November 2015 till June 2016” - hopefully, a date input will be available in future releases which will allow operations past June 2016 – watch this space!
  • Southern hemisphere operation is currently “Work in Progress”

Thanks for additional input from Chris Bailey (astronomical Refraction) & Dave Smith (manual rotation)... nice 1, boys
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