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Points in wrong direction. I set lat & long with GPS, polar aligned ok. GoTo controler says Saturn is below horizon, when I can see it in the sky above.

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Your TIME, DATE, and SITE, must be set correctly, along with DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME = YES

Check all of these values in the hand controller

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Aligns to three known stars ok but then why does it go to completely wrong area and slews in slow speed?


Ha, a familiar problem with Synscan and similar. You must do these things exactly right. Set up the hand controller properly for
- time (daylight saving or not)
- location, lat and long.
- hemisphere N or S

The mount must be
-levelled (don't trust the bubble on the mount, they are rubbish)
-pointed at the celestial pole (if an EQ mount)
-pointed due S or N (if alt-az)

You will find that most of the time a 2-star alignment is sufficient. Attempting a 3-star alignment is usually only successful if you have also taught the controller about geometry errors in the mount itself (they all have such errors), which is a tedious procedure you ought to leave until later. Even a 1-star alignment may be enough for planetary and lunar obs.

Don't neglect to use the "sync to object" feature it probably has in the hand controller. To use this you slew to an object using a medium to low power EP, activate the sync feature, center the object in the EP, and press enter. This has the effect of fine tuning the pointing accuracy in that segment of the sky.

Apr 13, 2015 | Optics

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You Just Bought an EQUATORIAL Telescope Mount!


Even though we warned you not to do this, you bought one anyway! Beginners should never buy an EQ telescope mount as their first telescope. It's too late now; so I guess we will need to teach you how to use it!

Equatorial mounts move in a way that seems not to very intuitive. Unlike the easy Alt AZ mount which moves up and down and left and right, the EQ mounted telescope seems to move in TWO dissimilar directions at the same time.

Additionally you must first polar align the mount on the North star Polaris before you can use it. SEE! we told you not to buy it!

Here are the steps to roughly polar align the telescope so you can use it. If it is motorized the single Right Ascension motor will keep the sky object inside the eyepiece for long periods of time. If you do not have a Right Ascension motor, the slow motion RA knob can be slowly turned to keep the sky object centered in the eyepiece.

Begin by leveling the mount and tripod. Move the entire mount and tripod so it is pointing roughly to North, as close as possible using the steps below or a compass. Don't forget to adjust for your magnetic deviation. My location's compass reading is about 5 degrees away from true North. This is called magnetic deviation. You can find your location's deviation on the internet. Then proceed with the steps below.

First, adjust the Declination to the latitude for your observing site. Declination is the angle that the scope is pointing UP, and it's the same as your latitude. For example Dallas, Texas is about 32 degrees North latitude, adjust the scope so the small indicator reads 32 degrees. By the way, the North star in Dallas, TX is about 32 degrees above the horizon. Your latitude matches the elevation of Polaris (the North star) above the horizon.

Second, either look through the polar alignment scope buried in the axis of the telescope mount, or look along side the axis, and get the star Polaris lined up in the cross-hair of the polar alignment scope, or as best you can by looking along the side of the mount axis, or lining it up using your compass.. This will put the scope to within about 3/4 of 1 degree of the TRUE North celestial sphere. This is good enough for VISUAL observation, but NOT good enough to do astro-photography..

Adjust the DECLINATION up or down, and move the entire mount left or right until you can see Polaris as indicated above, or it is lined up as close as possible.

Now you are roughly polar aligned. Now you can move the tube around by loosening the Right Ascension lock, and or the Declination lock until your sky object appears in the small finder scope mounted on top of the main telescope tube.(DO NOT MOVE THE MOUNT, and the counter weight should never be higher than the telescope tube) Lock down the scope in both axis and use the fine adjustment RA and DEC knobs to center the target. Again, DO NOT move the mount or tripod. The mount should still be pointing at Polaris.

This web site illustrates this procedure:
http://www.astronomy.net/articles/4/polaralign.html

also this web site

http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/polaralignmentarticle.cfm

You should be able to keep an object within the field of view of the eyepiece by slowing turning the Right Ascension slow motion control knob-------- IF you are actually accurately polar aligned. Small adjustments may also be needed with the DEC slow motion knob since you are not exactly polar aligned using this rough alignment technique.

However it can be used successfully for visual observation. Your scope will now track the motion of the stars as they move across the sky.

Hope that helps you!

Clear Skies!
TelescopeMan

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on Dec 29, 2009 | Optics

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Hi, Bought a used telescope with a GT mount. The polar adjustment will not go below 46 degrees without binding. The binding screw only turns 1/4 turn in each direction and appears to be binding the...


This scope does NOT need to be polar aligned --

Here is the manual:
http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1228334587_nexstargt.pdf

This is an ALT AZ goto scope. Read the manual above. You use the hand controller to move the scope in Altitude and Azimuth(left-right).

You must align it on 2 stars in order for it to has successful gotos.

Read the manual above.

Aug 21, 2010 | Celestron NexStar 114GT (269 x 114mm)...

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I can go through the Sky Align procedure and the telescope will not find an object for which it has been tasked (ie. the Moon). I have triple checked the time, lat/long, etc. and still no luck after many...


Is the mount level? Did you center both alignment stars?

Are you running it off of fresh batteries or an outside power pack? 10 degrees sounds like Daylight Savings time is set to YES instead of Standard Time.

Dec 28, 2009 | Celestron NexStar 130 SLT (306 x 130mm)...

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HOW DO I USE THE TELESCOPE


Hi,

he first thing you will need to know is does your telescope have a polar axis or not, that is, is it intended to track, or is it merely a point and look, or what we call Alt-Az. Alt means altitude and Az means azimuth, where Alt is the distance above the horizon, and Az is the direction in a circle around the horizon. If you have an Alt-Az mount, just skip the polar alignment step. If you have a polar axis, that is, your telescope is intended to track the stars, then find north, and make sure the polar axis is approximately lined up in that direction. It does not have to be too accurate, but make sure it is pointing pretty close to north. If you are not sure where north is, either use a magnetic compass, or try to find Polaris, the North Star.

Thanks.

Jul 02, 2009 | Meade Infinity 114EQ-DH Telescope

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Inconsistent pointing


Something similar happened to me when I had done a quick align. I asked the scope to go to the moon, which was obviously visible above the horizon but it pointed downwards. I found out that I had entered the date (month day year) in the wrong order (day month year - as is common in Sweden). Just a long shot...

/Fourier

May 15, 2008 | Celestron Advanced C9 1/4-S 11045 (555 x...

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GoTo Problem


Be sure that the telescope is configured for EQ SOUTH mode to tell it is in the southern hemisphere. Once a star alignment is completed NEVER manually move the telescope. Use only the control panel to slew. Everytime the telescope is move by hand, the motors do not know it has been done, and assume it is still pointing at the old direction. Check the manual for setup.
Here: http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/NexStar_SLT_manual.pdf

Apr 06, 2008 | Celestron NexStar 130 SLT (306 x 130mm)...

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After alignmentment, scope points backwards


If you can RESET the hand controller do it-- then re-enter TIME, DATE, and SITE. Make sure you are in ALT AZ Mode and NOT Polar Mode if you do not have a wedge.

This is probably the issue-- you are in POLAR MODE by mistake.


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Mar 29, 2008 | Celestron Ultima 2000 -- 8 Telescope

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LX200 EMC MEADE 8 INCH


By doing this trick--

Do a FAKE alignment-- (I assume that the scope is trained and has the proper date, time, and site)-- just push the buttons for the alignment stars that you cannot see. Then do a GOTO to a star that is in your field of view--- center the star and SYNC. Your gotos will now be OK in your limited field of view.

Jan 30, 2008 | Meade LX200R 8 in. (600 x 203mm) Telescope

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Computer not accurate


Looking through the manual (link follows) please check that you set the time in 24 hour clock with timezone correctly. Also the date & of course location. I see no reset function in the manual but I guess leaving the batteries out for a while will reset it. Manual link: http://www.bushnell.com/customer_service/manuals/telescopes/78-8876_1LIM.pdf Also although it says you do not need to know where the stars are you're aligning to it's good to have some idea that you're actually aligning with "Mizar" or whatever. You can find maps of the night sky where you are on this link: http://www.wunderground.com/sky/index.asp Finally check if there is a local astronomy group that you can join, they are always ready to encourage & help people.

Jul 29, 2007 | Bushnell NorthStar Goto 100mm 788840...

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