There is a good chance that your equatorial mount sits on top of a pier or a tripod, and the two mating surfaces are either bare metal, or painted over as is the case with a Celestron CGEM. I also believe that the Orion Atlas, and the Skywatcher
I have been an active member of the Celestron CGEM Yahoo! group for over 2 years now. I have seen dozens of new owners ask hundreds of questions about hyper tuning their equatorial mount, or how to update the motor or hand control firmware or even if they can swap controller boards and motors for better performing ones. All of the questions that they are asking revolve around one theme: They all want some kind of secret equatorial mount upgrade . One of the more difficult tasks in astronomy is getting an accurate polar alignment. For visual observations, super accurate polar alignments are not always necessary. Usually being within a half of a degree of the North Celestial Pole (NCP) is typically good enough. However, if you are doing astrophotography, then sub-arcminute accuracy is the goal. Regardless of your method of polar aligning, the biggest mechanical challenge to overcome is friction in your equatorial mount.
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