SkyWatcher Mount – SynScan Alignment Stars

The SkyWatcher mounts such as the AZ EQ6 use a SynScan hand controller to control the mount and complete the initial 1, 2 or 3-star alignment procedure. 

While the SynScan hand controller offers about 100 stars in the southern hemisphere for initial alignment, the user manual does not provide a printed list of stars.  As a result, the star options you can choose from are hidden within the hand controller and not readily available for consideration.  Some parts of the sky may be blocked by clouds, trees or buildings and repeatedly scrolling through star names on the hand controller to find a suitable star can be slow and frustrating.  This list may aid in quickly finding a suitable star (assuming you have a great memory for obscure star names) or checking a star’s suitability in a planetarium app.

The linked PDF document contains a sorted list of all southern hemisphere SynScan alignment stars, in 3-month calendar groups, and 30 degrees or higher in northern sky declination.

BAS Management Committee for 2021-22

Following the vote by BAS members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, the following members were elected to the BAS Management Committee for 2021-22:

President – Peter Allison
Secretary – John Pitts
Treasurer – Subbarao Sivakumar
General Committee – Ken Wishaw
General Committee – Doug Edwards
General Committee – Bill McConnell
General Committee – Luke Michaux
General Committee – Denis Narramore
General Committee – Greg Newman
General Committe – Jarrod Sefton
General Committee – Mike Zupanc