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Using GOTO mounts


GOTO mounts are telescope mounts which include computerised control that allows them to point the telescope at a particular object in the sky. As a result, the user does not have to “star-hop” to the object. They can be very accurate and very fast and are particularly helpful in finding very faint objects or for astrophotography or outreach where you want the telescope to quickly find an object and keep pointing at it as the Earth rotates (giving the impression that the sky is rotating overhead).

However, they are not always easy to use and unless they are used properly they won’t give good results. There is an initial steep learning curve involved in learning how to use them. The advice given here from members of RAG is aimed at helping users of these mounts overcome this learning curve.

[Polar aligning equatorial mounts 11/8/2016]
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