Alignment Star Catalog
|Name:||Meade LX200 alignment star catalog (4k)|
|Date submitted:||May 15, 1999|
This file contains two simple databases for the Meade LX200:
The data is formatted in the following columns
Star No. RA hrs RA min Dec sign Dec deg Dec min mag.
The magnitude is correct value in the align 2 file. (doubles). There is a single character in the align 1 file for the magnitude, all set to 2. This is so all the alignment stars can be easily displayed / not displayed depending on the mag. limits set in SkyMap.
When the LX database is selected it shows the position of the LX alignment stars on screen. Very useful as I can easily identify an alignment star close to the object of interest. Sync on the alignment star an make a short slew to the object, minimising pointing errors when CCDing. I use this 'short hop' method since I normally have a 'large' payload on the back of my 10" LX and feel it wise not to load the motors too much, if not already!
An image of my set up is at:-