iOptron SMARTSTAR IEQ45TM User Manual

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5.5.3. Three Star Alignment

Three-star alignment procedure will reduce the so-called “corn error” of an EQ mount. Every mount’s

accuracy of construction varies somewhat, so the optical axis of the telescope may not be perpendicular to
the declination axis or, more rarely, the polar axis may not be at right angles to the declination axis. These
small errors (known collectively as the cone error) can make a big difference to the GOTO performance of
your mount, so it pays to understand the implications.

From the main menu select “Align”. Select “Three Star Align”. Hand controller will then present you

with the name of a suggested alignment star. If this star is blocked by a tree or building, press the down
arrow to advance through the list in alphabetical order until you find a star that is visible. Press ENTER and
the mount will slew to where it thinks the star you have selected lies, beeping once it has finished moving.
Most likely, the scope won’t be pointing exactly at the star, so use the up, down, left or right arrows to centre
the star — first in the finder, then in the eyepiece. Once you are done, press ENTER and the next alignment
star will be selected. Repeat this process until you have selected all three stars. For a better result, select
three stars located in the different part of the sky.

5.5.4. Disp R.A Axis Error

This displays the celestial pole pointing error after two star alignment. When the HC shows for



02º30" lower


01º13" east,

It means the polar axis of the mount is pointing lower and to the east.

5.5.5. Test Backlash

This function is used to test the R.A. and DEC backlash value. The saved numbers will show in “Set


” menu. To get better results, perform this function on a land object during daytime and use a

cross-hair eyepiece.

Lower the mount altitude to its lowest position. Release the R.A. clutch to move the telescope to

east or west side of the mount. Tighten the R.A. Clutch Screws. Release DEC clutch and put the telescope
in horizontal postion.

To test the backlash, point the telescope to a tip of a distant object, such as a telephone pole. Select

Test Backlash” under “Align” menu and press ENTER:

Using “►” or “◄” to move the object to center, press the ENTER button. Do not move over the

center. You may use a slow speed when the object is close to the center. The LCD screen will change to

R.A. axis test

Press “►” return to

target then press


R.A. axis test

Press “►” or “◄” to

target then press