Neutron star spin and rotation axis

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Neutron stars are thought to be rotating in a way that their beems are seen as the pulses. The beems are not aligned with the axis of rotation. What is the current theory about the speed of the axis of rotation? Are they spinning and rotating on both axis?
 

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The magnetic fields of the Neutron stars are offset from their axis of spin similar to how the Earth's magnetic field is offset from true north/south.

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pulsar_schematic.svg
The star is spinning in a way that we are seeing it's polar axis, or close to it.

If one is spinning in that manner at 600 times a second for example, what about it's other axis of rotation? The "daily" axis of rotation. Is it wobling through space?
 

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