Quick Start Guide The iEQ30 Pro™ GoTo German Equatorial Mount #3000E

Quick Start Guide  The iEQ30 Pro™ GoTo German Equatorial Mount #3000E
Quick Start Guide
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The iEQ30 Pro™ GoTo German Equatorial Mount
#3000E
PACKAGE CONTENTS
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Telescope Mount (with built-in GPS)
Go2Nova® #8407 Hand Controller
1.5-inch Tripod
One 10lb (4.5 kg) counterweight
Dark field illuminating LED with cable
AC adapter (100V-240V)
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12V DC adaptor cable with car lighter plug
Controller Cable X 2
RJ9 to RS232 serial cable
Azimuth locking screw X 2
Low latitude adjustment knob
ONLINE CONTENTS (click under “Support” menu) www.iOptron.com
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Manuals (you will need to refer to the full manual for details on set-up and operation).
Tips for set up
Hand controller and mount firmware upgrades (check online for latest version)
Reviews and feedback from other customers
Actual contents, specifications and color may vary.
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Quick Setup
1. Removing the Mount from the Package: The mount
is shipped with R.A. axis released to avoid gear
damage. Please tighten the R.A. Locking Lever
before pull the mount out of the package.
Alignment Peg
Figure 4
4. Setting the Latitude: Unlock R.A. Clutch and rotate
the mount 180° around the R.A. axis to move the
dovetail saddle face upside. Tighten the R.A. Clutch.
R.A. axis
Polar Axis
R.A. Clutch
Figure 1
2. Setting Up tripod: Expand the tripod legs and lock
the Tripod Spreader so that the tripod legs stay open
(Figure 2). Adjust the tripod height by unlocking and
re-locking the tripod legs to desired height. Position
the tripod so that the Alignment Peg faces south.
(The Alignment Peg may be moved to the
opposite position if used at latitude lower than
20º to avoid counterweights hit the tripod leg )
Dovetail Saddle
Alignment Peg
Figure 5
Un-screw the Latitude Adjustment Lever from
Latitude Adjustment Knob (Figure 6). Turn the
Latitude Adjustment Knob to set your current latitude,
which is displayed in Latitude Mark Window (Figure
6b). Use the Lever for fine adjustments as needed.
Always set the latitude without the load.
Tripod Tray
Tripod Lock
Lat. Adjust. Lever
Lat. Adjust. Knob
Figure 2
3. Attaching the Mount: Back out the Azimuth
Adjustment Knobs (next to the Bubble Level Indicator,
Figure 3) to prevent blocking the Alignment Peg. Put
the mount onto the tripod head with bubble level on
top of the Alignment Peg (Figure 4). Secure the
mount head by tightening Azimuth Locking Screws.
Level the mount by adjusting individual leg. You may
use the build-in Bubble Level Indicator or an external
level to check level.
Low Lat. Position
High Lat. Position
Lat. Mark Window
Figure 6
Az. Locking Screw
Bubble Level
Az. Adjust. Knob
Figure 3
If your latitude is between 25º to 65º, set the Position
Safety Pin to the High Latitude Position. The factory
default position is set at 25º to 65º, as shown in
Figure 6. For latitude between 0º to 35º, set the
Position Safety Pin to the Low Latitude Position.
Install the matching short Latitude Adjustment Knob
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attaching the mount to the tripod head.
Using another RJ-11 cable to connect the hand
controller to the HBX port on the mount.
5. Installing Counterweight (CW) Shaft: Unscrew the
CW shaft from the top of the mount and thread it into
the opening of the DEC axis.
Figure 9
Plug 12V DC power supply into the DC12V socket on
the other side of the main board. The red LED under
the POWER mark will be on when the Power Switch
is turned on.
ON/OFF
Figure 7
6. Installing Counterweight: iEQ30 Pro mount comes
with one 10lb (4.5kg) counterweight (CW). Release
the R.A. Clutch to set the R.A. axis free before
loading the CW. Tighten the CW Locking Screw to
hold the CW in place. Tighten the CW Shaft Safety
Screw. Use an optional CW shaft extension or
additional CW to balance a heavier or larger OTA
(Optical Tube Assembly).
7. Balancing the Payload: After attaching the scope
and accessories, the mount must be balanced in both
R.A. and DEC axes to ensure minimum stress on the
mount driving mechanism. Please refer to the full
manual for balance procedures/tips.
Figure 10
9. Setting Controller: The iEQ30 Pro mount is
equipped with a GPS receiver, which will receive the
local time, longitude and latitude information from
satellites after the link is established.
However, In order to make hand control reflect your
correct local time, time zone information and Daylight
Saving Time still need to be entered. Press MENU=>
“Settings” => “Set Time & Site”. Change the letter
“N” to “Y” if it is Daylight Saving Time. Change it back
to “N” when it ends.
CAUTION: The telescope may swing when the
R.A. or DEC clutch is released. Always hold on to
the OTA before you release a clutch to prevent it
from swinging. It can cause personal injury or
damage to the equipment.
8. Connecting Cables: Attach one end of a coiled RJ11 cable into the socket on the bottom of the DEC
unit (Figure 8 Left) and the other end into the DEC
port located on the side of main control board (Figure
8 Right).
Figure 11
Enter your time zone offset to the UTC, such as:
 Boston is “ UTC -300 minutes”
 Los Angeles is “ UTC -480 minutes”
 Rome is “ UTC +60 minutes”
 Sydney is “ UTC +600 minutes”
All the time zones in North America are “UTC –XXX
minutes”
Figure 8
You may enter the date and location using arrow keys
and number keys. You may find your observation
longitude and latitude coordinate from your GPS
navigator, a GPS capable cell phone or from internet.
“W/E” means western/eastern hemisphere; “N/S”
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degree; “m” means minute; and “s” means second.
Move the cursor to the bottom of the screen to select
Northern or Southern Hemisphere.
10. Polar Alignment: Remove both Polar Scope and
polar axis covers. Look through the polar scope to
locate Polaris (or Sigma Octantis at southern
hemisphere). Slightly loosen the Azimuth Locking
Screws and Latitude Locking Screws. Use the two
Azimuth Adjustment Knobs to center the pole star in
the azimuth direction. Use the Latitude Adjustment
Knob for the latitude adjustment. Tighten the screws
after adjusting.
Quick Polar Alignment:
Fast and accurate polar alignment can be performed
with iOptron’s AccuAlignTM Polar Scope.
a. Thread the dark field illuminating LED into the
thread-in hole on a polar scope. Plug the LED
cable into the LED and the Reticle socket
located on the main control board.
Polar Scope LED
Figure 12
b. Turn the mount power on. Use Hand Controller
(“Settings” => “Set Eyepiece Light”) to set the
illumination intensity.
c. Use the “▲” or “▼” button to turn the DEC axis to
unblock the Polar Scope view (there is a hole on
the DEC axis).
d. Use the “◄” or “►” button to turn the RA axis to
rotate the Polar Scope dial to a clock position
where 12 is at the top, as shown in Figure 13.
Figure 13
e. Use Hand Controller (MENU => “Alignment” =>
“Pole Star Position”) to display the Polaris
Position on the LCD screen, as indicated in
Figure 14 (a). For example, June 22, 2014,
20:19:42 in Boston, US (alt N42º30’32” and long
W71º08’50”), UTC-300 minutes, the Polaris
Position is 0h45.8m and 40.4m.
(a)
(b)
Figure 14
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Use the Azimuth and Latitude Adj. Knobs to
adjust the mount in both directions and put the
Polaris in the location on the Polar Scope Dial
(same as indicated on the HC LCD), as shown
in Figure 14 (b).
Polar Iterate Alignment (BrightStar Alignment)
When the pole star is not in sight:
(1) Level the mount and set it at Zero Position. Align
the telescope parallel to the R.A. axis of the
mount. If a finder scope is used, adjust it to be
parallel to the telescope optical axis. An eyepiece
with crosshairs is recommended.
(2) Use the HC (MENU => “Alignment” => “Polar
Iterate Align”) to display the azimuth and altitude
position of several bright stars near the meridian.
Select one that is visible and high in altitude as
the Alignment Star A. Follow the HC instructions
to move the Star A to the center of the eyepiece
with the combination of using Latitude Adj. Knob
and “◄” / “►” buttons. Press ENTER to confirm
the centering. Next, select a bright star that is
close to the horizon as the Alignment Star B.
Center it using the Azimuth Adj. Knob and “◄” /
“►” buttons (The “▲” and “▼” buttons are not
used here). Press ENTER to confirm.
(3) The telescope will now slew back to Star A to
repeat the above steps. The iterations can be
stopped when it is determined that the alignment
error has been minimized. Press the BACK
button to exit the alignment procedure at anytime
that the result is acceptable.
11. Setting Zero Position: The Zero Position is the
position where the counterweight shaft points to
ground, telescope is at the highest position with its
axis parallel to the polar axis and the telescope is
pointing to the Celestial Pole. It needs be set. Use
Hand Controller (MENU => “Zero Position” => “Set
Zero Position”) to bring up menu. Loosen the DEC
and R.A. Clutches to manually adjust the mount to
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the mount to Zero Position and confirm the setting.
Tighten the screws after each adjustment. Then
Press ENTER. Perform Set Zero Position to check
the zero position if the mount loses its power during
slew or after firmware upgrading.
12. Manual Operation: The mount can now be used to
observe astronomical objects with the HC. Use arrow
keys (►, ◄, ▼, and ▲) to point the telescope to the
desired object. Use the number keys to change the
slewing speed. Press the STOP/0 button to start
tracking. Press the STOP/0 button again to stop
tracking.
13. One Star Alignment: Make sure the mount is at
ZERO position by pressing MENU => “Zero
Position” => “Goto Zero Position”. Perform a One
Star Align to correct the Zero Position discrepancy.
To further improve the GOTO accuracy, refer to the
full User’s Manual for more details.
14. Go to an Object: The mount is now ready for GOTO
and tracking targets. Press MENU => “Select and
Slew”. Select a category (for example, “Solar
System”). Then select an object of interest (for
example, “Moon”). Press ENTER and the telescope
will slew to the object and automatically start tracking.
15. Sync to Target: If the object is not in the center of
the eyepiece, use this function to center and
synchronize the object to improve local GOTO
accuracy. Press MENU and select and ENTER “Sync
to Target”. Use arrow keys to center the object in
eyepiece. Press ENTER again to complete this
function.
[TIP: “Sync to Target” will only function after a
“Select and Slew” operation. This is most useful
when looking for faint objects near a bright star. ]
[TIP: After slewing to an object, a list of nearby
bright object(s) can be displayed by pressing “?”
button.]
16. Putting the Mount back into the Package: Loosen
the RA clutch before put the mount back into the
packing box for shipping or transportation.
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