Polare alignment of IEQ 30

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Polare alignment of IEQ 30

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I have a new IEQ 30 Mount. Last night I used it at a star party for the first time and failed miserably with the first attempt at alignment The second time was better and eastern sky targets were right on. I have always had Celestron mounts and no polar scope. The manual looks like it has the axis turned 90 degrees like the celestron mounts to open the polar scope view. I think this will be easy but some input from very experienced Ioptron mount users would be nice, I have not found a polar alignment video as of yet online but will keep trying, Thanks for help in advance.
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Re: Polare alignment of IEQ 30

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Good luck, I have not used an iOptron mount before so cannot offer much help.
Did you not try setting it up at home during the day first?
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Re: Polare alignment of IEQ 30

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Lady Fraktor wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:32 am Good luck, I have not used an iOptron mount before so cannot offer much help.
Did you not try setting it up at home during the day first?
Yes I did. My biggest problem was when I went 40 miles away and set up I was not nearly as accurate as I am at home with Polaris. Still I have been reading and playing with the mounts and I think I am a lot closer to getting it down. Much different as compared to Celestron stuff.
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I now have two Ioptron Mounts and been practicing a lot. The IEQ 30 is actually easy now that I know what I had done wrong and the New GEM 45 has Ipolar and that has been very interesting, Just dial in the az and the dec around line up the cross with the red meatball and you have a good polar alignment. After that it is a snap. This is just an update to let everyone know that once learned, the mounts are very nice indeed.
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The toughest thing I found with the Ioptron (or really any equatorial mount with a polar scope) is getting down on the ground in a very uncomfortable position to sight the polar scope and align with the NCP. I finally broke down and got the Polemaster which has taken my 20-30 minute polar alignment down to about 2-5 minutes. In the cold of winter it is a blessing to cut those minutes out of the setup time.
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My CEM60 polar scope as an advanced reticle on it. The hand controller knows when and where you are and shows you (on the HC screen) a depiction of that reticle and where Polaris should be on it. This makes it easy to move the adjustments until what you see in the polar scope mimics what you see on the hand controller.

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JayTee wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:02 pm My CEM60 polar scope as an advanced reticle on it. The hand controller knows when and where you are and shows you (on the HC screen) a depiction of that reticle and where Polaris should be on it. This makes it easy to move the adjustments until what you see in the polar scope mimics what you see on the hand controller.

Easy peasy,
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Sounds exactly like the one on my IEQ 30. The GEM 45 however requires the use of a laptop with software for the IPolar. Will be interesting to see if anyone has skipped the Ipolar and just did a rough guess and had successful tracking after doing the alignments.
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