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== Polar Alignment == In order to precisely track the sidereal motion of the stars, the mounts RA axis must be very precisely pointed at the celestial pole, the point in the sky which the Earth's axis of rotation intersects, resulting in it being the point around which all celestial objects appear to rotate. There are numerous methods of achieving polar alignment, including special "Polar Alignment scopes", automated routines in a mount's control software, or drift alignment. They offer varying degrees of accuracy, with drift alignment being the most time consuming, but most accurate when performed correctly. Read our [[Polar Alignment|polar alignment page]] for an overview of the different methods and a guide to drift aligning. You can expect most of your DSO/Planetary pictures to be taken in this tier. Anything higher and you are launching satellites.
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