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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.

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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:

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.

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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.

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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.


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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...


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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.

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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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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.

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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: 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: Finally check if there is a local astronomy group that you can join, they are always ready to encourage & help people.

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