It appears that the best option for our polar alignment workshop is the two-part approach that Mike E suggested. The first session would involved a classroom discussion of what is actually happening geometrically when you polar align an a Wedge/ GEM mount. We would also include in this first session examples of each and demo of set-up techniques. There would not be any individual scope work.
It looks like the best date for this session is Friday, April 28th at 7pm at SM.
The second session will be a hands-on workshop with your own equipment. We should be able to go through the three levels of alignment; basic, iterative and drift in this session.
The date for the second session is not yet determined, but since I’d like to be able to participate with my stuff, I’d propose mid May (and hope I’m ok by then), such as May 19th. There is a 3rd qtr moon, but that should not interfere and there are no other activities at SM that I’m aware of. Weather of course is the big question.
1- Let me know if you can or cannot make these dates
2- Let me know if you can bring a scope and wedge or GEM to session 1 to demo.
3- Circulate any articles or tutorials you may have on polar alignment through the Forum’s Polar Alignment topic.