1. Level the base of the mount or tripod.
2. Do a rough alignment of the mount to Polaris in the Northern Hemisphere
or to Sigma Octans in the Southern Hemisphere. Rough initial alignment
can also be done using a compass with the magnetic deviation (from true
North set) and adjusted on the compass.
3. Connect the mount and computer and start Alignmaster
4. Make sure the time and location are set very accuarate either by
downloading the correct time from the Internet or by using a connected
GPS unit. The GPS can also be entered manually.
5. Select your location from either the inbuilt list or by downloading
it from the Internet. Make sure LMST is correct by e.g. comapring LMST with
or Siderealtime calculator
6. Follow the instructions given by the program to follow the alignment
steps i.e. click "NEXT".
7. The program gives you the choice of a selection of star pairs which
are grouped together as good, better or best choices for the alignment
8. Select one of the pairs which satisfy your recognition and
9. The Alignment Procedure is as follows:
The program slews to two stars in succession and then computes the error
information (i.e. offset from the pole after the second slew).
10. After calculating this offset the program asks if you wish to adjust
(in turn) the AZ (Azimuth) and the ALT (Altitude) axis of your telescope/mount.
On answering yes to either question, the program tells the scope to slew
to the computed difference or offset from the star's true position; first
in AZ and then in ALT.
11. A manual turn of the alignment screws of your mount will move the
last star of the pair selected such that the star is now centered.
12. Your mount should be well aligned to the pole (a second round of
alignments may be done to verify your alignment result or improve upon