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How to Use the Polarie
Remove the battery compartment cover on the side of the Polarie and insert two fresh AA-size batteries into the battery compartment. The tracking direction (N-S change switch) is set to use in the northern hemisphere. Switch it to S when Polarie in the southern hemisphere.
Setting up and Polar Alignment
Attach the Polarie to a sold camera tripod securely with the 1/4" threaded screw.
Remove the camera mounting block on the front of the Polarie by loosening the two thumb screws on its side.
Attach a commercially availble Ball head adapter firmly on the camera mounting block. (The Ball head adapter is supplied as standard accessory if you purchased as a package of Polarie and tripod.) Then, attach the camera on the Ball head adapter.
Set up the Polarie-mounted tripod on a level ground where you can view the polar star and the area of sky you want to photograph.
Take off the compass from the back of the Polarie. Locate north with the compass and slew the Polarie on the tripod toward the north (in northern hemisphere.)
Set the mode dial to preparation mode on the top of the Polarie. With watching the tilt mater on the side of the Polarie, tilt the Polarie until the tilt meter points the latitude of your location.
Look through the polar sight hole and locate the polar star so that it is placed in the center of the field of view.
Attach the camera mounting block with the camera to the front of the Polarie. Set the mode dial to either star-scape photography mode or wide-field astrophotography mode according to your intention. All is ready and turn the camera to the area of night sky you want to photograph.