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I've never posted here before. Came across the board from TMF's gift guide. I think it's nice having an Astronomy board here. My interest in astronomy is partly because it is something I've known nothing at all about. It is something foreign I can have interest in and clear my mind of all the investing thoughts cluttering it. I only have a very good pair of 16X70mm Binoculars now. Am waiting on a market recovery to buy a very high quality 4 inch Dobsonian.
As far as your mount. Definitely your shaking scope is lack of a good mount. The hobby is flooded with cheap mounts. I don't know if upgrading to Orions next best one would pay off. I do know Losmandy seems to be the industry benchmark for a "good" equatorial mount. I think their G-8 will fit you. Don't know the price. But their larger one G-11 is $1895. So quality don't come cheap. I have looked at the equatorial mount at University is very plain, no gears to turn it slowly, but University has a reputation for value... at $495 it probably won't shake on you????
As far as setup. I can't say I've seen any website that explains it. It does make sense to me that the shaft the scope rotates on should point to polaris. Take that with a real big grain of salt as I've never owned one...just trying to be talkative and maybe help. I always thought those darn mounts came with good directions?

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