Polar Alignment with Polar Scope for Northern Hemisphere


Preparation:
  1. Install "PolarisView" app on your phone.
  2. Get one MSM SiFo Polar Scope
  3. Attention: Only do polar alignment after you've installed your camera to avoid possible gesture change due to adding camera's weight.
Why Polar Scope?
  1. In order to do the most accurate Polar Alignment, we need the help of Polar Scope. 
  2. Also at some situation we are not allowed to use star pointer.
Steps to do Polar Alignment
  1. Install your camera and SiFo Rotator as below
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    Polar Alignment with Polar Scope
    2. Caution: Check and Make sure your tripod is leveled.
    3.Open your "PolarisView" app to find your Polaris position, refer to below photo.

    Polaris View

    4. Rotate MSM Polar Scope's reticle to horizontal and 0 o'clock is up.

    That's to say the 3 and 9 o'clock line is horizontal. 

    Remind: The polar scope's eye piece can be screwed in and out to adjust the focus of the reticle.

    5. Adjust Rotator's gesture to put the Polaris on the same circle position as the PolarisView App

    6.  It's done, you can shoot now.  

  1. More About Polar Scope Reticle?
  2. Please check below photo for detail explanation.

     

    • Throughout the year, Polaris will travel around the North Celestial Pole in a circle.
    • Polaris position will change depends on the given time and location.

     

    4 comments

    • John

      Hi Mark,
      Please download it here from Google Play.
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.watware.www.polarisview&hl=en_US

      For iOS, please use this alternative app: Polar Scope Align
      https://apps.apple.com/us/app/polar-scope-align/id970157965

      Regards,
      John

    • John

      Hi Richard,

      Please check this article below, first use the hole of the mount to do a rough polar alignment, then use the scope for a more precise alignment.

      https://www.moveshootmove.com/blogs/astrophotography-tutorial/how-to-do-polar-alignment
    • Richard

      The hardest part is precisely finding Polaris thru the scope as there are many stars and is difficult to tell if you have the right one. Like trying to find 1 bird from a huge flock. To be easier if the scope was wide enough to cover both it and the Little Dipper and would somehow lock onto it from there. Any tips to make it easier therefore appreciated as I do not have a laser wand attachment

    • Mark

      Where to download the PolarisView app??

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