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 +====Leveling the Mount====
 +Although it is not obvious, it turns out that precise leveling of the tripod/​pier/​mount is not all that important. Of course you want to have reasonable values here (there'​s little point in having your pier tilted way off vertical). ​ However, any discrepancies are easily compensated for by the algorithms used in the N-point alignment process.  ​
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 +A level mount can  facilitate polar alignment because adjustments are made left, right up and down instead of at slight angles. Do not worry about leveling the  mount with great precision.
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 +==What is important:​==
 +  *good polar alignment (using the mounts polarscope will give results that are adequate for many cases. ​ There are additional techniques that can improve on this setting if you have demanding imaging).
 +  *A good home positioning of the mount in order to improve the accuracy of initial GOTO's to alignment stars. ​ Even this is not absolutely essential if you recognize the alignment star and are prepared for a significant slew.
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 +If you are doing only a 1-point alignment, you may find that setting the home position and leveling is more critical.
  
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