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This chapter contains (at the moment rough) instructions for polar alignment of the telescope, as well as constructing crude and sophisticated pointing models. Any questions should be sent to

Polar alignment requires a couple of strong people and two car jacks to safely raise and lower the telescope.

Please see Chapter 2 for information on starting the system and using the rush shell environment.

Once the telescope is polar aligned and a basic pointing model has been calculated (either from two stars or multiple stars), it is easy to bootstrap a more complicated pointing model. This method is described in Section 5.4.

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