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#1 nakbrooks

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:09 AM

I will need to align my DDM85K pier to within a few degrees of North before I can install the mount and OTA to do a proper alignment.  I need an easy way of finding North for the pier that is more accurate than a standard compass and was proposing to use the sun's shadow at local noon.

 

Can anyone tell me the formula to calculate the precise time of day (UTC) at which the shadow cast by a vertical pole will point directly North, given the location (lat/long) of the pole?

 

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Nigel

 


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#2 nakbrooks

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:34 PM

OK, I've answered my own question.  This website gives the time of local noon for any geographic location: http://www.solar-noon.com/

 

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