iOptron Accessories 8603, Accessories 8602, Accessories 8600, Accessories 8604 User Manual

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Quick Start Guide

SmartStar® A Series Systems

(8600, 8602, 8603, and 8604)

Step 1. Preparing the Tripod

1. Extend tripod legs to full extension.

2. Slide tray on bottom of shaft (#7). Then screw on round black knob (#9).

 

Step 2. Attaching the Mount

 

1. Raise wedge plate on the tripod by turning two tilt

 

locks (12);

 

2. Attach mount to wedge plate using supplied azimuth

 

lock screw (10).

 

3. lower wedge plate to it’s lowest position by turning the

 

upper tilt lock upward while lightly push the mount

 

down. Secure the mount by tightening the lower lock.

 

 

 

Step 3a. Installing Batteries

 

Note: you may use 8 AA batteries (Step 3) or the AC adaptor

 

(Step 5) to operate the mount.

 

Pull the batteries compartment cover (shown) open.

 

Gently pull the batteries holder (shown next) out of the

 

compartment to avoid breaking the attached wires.

 

 

 

Step 3b.

 

Insert 8 AA batteries (not included) in the holder. Refer to the

 

diagram on the holder to orient the batteries properly. Replace

 

the holder back into the battery compartment and replace the

 

lid.

 

For reference: the battery pack fits in with wires on the bottom

 

right (See arrow in photo). Use only fresh batteries. Using/mixing

 

old or low batteries may cause error messages.

 

 

#2 knob

Step 4. Attaching Telescope

 

Attach telescope to mount using dovetail lock knob (#2).

 

(Picture shows 80mm refractor. However all scopes will attach in

 

the same manner.)

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Step 5. Plug in hand controller and AC adaptor.

 

 

 

Plug hand controller into either one of the two HBX ports on the

 

 

 

mount. Next plug in AC adaptor. (Or use batteries—see step 3).

 

 

 

Turn on power (the red light should go on).

Plug in AC

 

At this point you can begin observing manually. Use the 4 Arrow keys

 

(▲▼◄►) to rotate the scope Up, Down, Left, and Right. Use the

adaptor

 

 

SPEED key to change the slew rate from the slowest (1X) to the fastest

here

 

 

(MAX). The next steps show you how to set up the telescope and

 

 

 

 

 

 

controller for automatic slewing and tracking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6. Set up telescope for auto-observing.

 

 

 

Level the mount using the bubble on side of mount by adjusting

 

 

 

tripod legs. The bubble should be in the middle of the circle. It is

 

 

 

also suggested to use additional levels (such as a torpedo level)

 

 

 

to assure precise leveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7. Park Position for Altazimuth Operation

 

2) Up

 

Set telescope to PARK POSITION.

 

 

 

(1) Position the mount so that the “SOUTH” mark is facing south

 

 

 

(A compass may be helpful).

 

 

 

(2) The telescope tube should be pointed directly up at the

 

1) South

#4

zenith. If it is not perfectly straight then loosen the altitude lock

 

(#4) to adjust telescope.

 

 

Alt

 

 

 

 

 

lock

Please refer to full manual for German equatorial operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8. Main Screen

 

 

 

Turn on the mount and wait for controller to display “GPS-OK” in

 

 

 

top right corner —not “GPS-ON”. GPS provides Latitude,

 

 

 

Longitude, and current time only.

Step 9.

Press the MENU key once.

Scroll (with the ▲/▼ keys) to “Set Up Controller”

Press ENTER.

Then go to Set Up Local Time and Site in the next screen.

Select and then press ENTER.

Step 10. Set Up Local Time

Go to:

Set up Local Time (or “Local Time and Site”).

Press ENTER.

Enter date and day-light savings (Y-yes. N-no).

(Note: use arrow keys to scroll through screen and select numbers)

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