Many people out there still use a equaltorial mount
that is not computer controlled at
Here is a picture of one:
How this works:
Once you have the mount set up outside, and leveled (most come with a bubble level on the mount, and the legs of the tripod adjust), you then use the
very small telescope that is built into the mount to align the mount with the Earth's rotational axis. We do this by pointing that small telescope at
the north star, Polaris. Here is a picture of where that is on the mount:
In the picture above, the red arrows are showing you where the aligning scope is and the direction you look into it (there is a cover on the eye piece
part of it).
The green circle is showing the part you adjust to align the mount to the north star.
In order to do that, you have to know your Latitude and Longitude of where you are, and that will tell you how many degrees to adjust in elevation to
align to the north star.
Once you have done that, you then adjust the telescope's Right Ascension and Declination adjustments to go to an object in the sky:
The blue circle in the above picture is the Declination. The red circle is the Right Ascension.
If the Earth has moved (IE pole shift, etc), then when we go to align to Polaris (the north star) the angle of elevation for that adjustment would be
off by many degrees. Meaning when we look up what it's suppose to be for our latitude and longitude it would be wrong, and Polaris would not show up
in the aligning scope at all. We'd have to adjust for it, and would see that our telescope is off by many degrees, which would raise a lot of red
flags for us astronomers.
But I'm happy to report that so far none of us have had to do this, and Polaris is right where it is suppose to be.
Here is some food for thought for those of you out there that keep insisting that the Earth has pole shifted, is pole shifting, etc, etc:
If the Earth's crust were to shift so that the north pole is no longer where it is suppose to be, you will suddenly no longer be able to have the
(there are several other things too, but most people have these things, or know someone that does).
Cable TV is listed because the cable companies use satellite farms to get the signals from satellite TV, combine it, and send it to you through the
You see, if the Earth's poles (crustal poles) were to shift, we would move, but those satellites won't. They'll still be in the same place.
If you had Direct TV or The Dish, you'd suddenly loose the signal, and would not be able to get it back, without having to go outside and literally
move your satellite dish (and if our crust moved too much, even that would not do you any good).
If you had a Tom-Tom or Garmin in your car and asked it the directions to your local Walmart, it would try to send you to the Grand Canyon, Brazil,
Paris, or god knows where, because your position on the Earth is now completely different than where the GPS satellite network says you should be.
Even a shift of just 5 degrees would make you loose your TV, or have your GPS trying to make you take a left turn into a building.