Be as specific as possible when reporting issues and *ALWAYS* include the full version number of the application you are using and your exact *CAMERA MODEL*
NEVER POST YOUR KEY IN ANY PUBLIC FORUM, INCLUDING THE O'TELESCOPE SUPPORT FORUM ::: IF YOU DO YOUR KEY WILL BE DEACTIVATED WITHOUT NOTICE!
I have a Meade LXD75 mount with an AutoStar 497 controller I will be using during the solar eclipse. Dick "ETXAutoStar" Seymour and several others have provided elements that approximate the Earth on the far side of the Sun for the Autostar 497, 497EP and AudioStar controllers. If the mount you are using allows you to manually input an Asteroid you may be able to enter the following data and get close to the Sun. This can be used anytime you want to get close to the Sun for whatever reason. Remember to use adequate Solar filters on whatever ever optical device you are using
NAME = SUN
EPOCH = 1.5 Jan 2005
SEMI MAJ AXIS = 1.0
INCLINATION = -0.0001
LONG ASC NODE= 168.7394
ARG OF PER = 114.2078
MEAN ANOMOLY = 357.5172
ABSOLUTE MAG = -12.0
MAG SLOPE = 0
... if any of the lines "don't fit" (such as 114.2078) just round them ( 114.208 )
The LXD 75 mount is lower middle cost mount at the time it was released ($800-900) range. You get what you pay for, not exactly a super precision mount.
An addendum to the previous post concerning the -.35 percent of sidereal motion of the Sun for Tracking. Dick said the Sun doesn't follow a strait line across the sky. If using a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) you may have to tweak the position of the Sun over time.
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