iOptron IEQ30 User Manual


Quick Start Guide

The iEQ30™ GoTo German Equatorial Mount #3000


Telescope Mount (with built-in GPS)

Go2NovaTM #8407 Hand Controller

1.5-inch Tripod

One 10lb (4.5 kg) counterweight

One counterweight extension bar

Dark field illuminating LED with cable

AC adapter (100V-240V)

12V DC adaptor cable with car lighter plug

Controller Cable X 2

RS232 cable and RJ9 to RS232 serial cable

ONLINE CONTENTS (click under “Support” menu)

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


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Quick Setup

1.Setup tripod: Expand the tripod legs and lock the Tripod Support so that the tripod legs stay open (Figure 1). 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 )

Figure 1

2.Attach the iEQ30 Mount: If the latitude is between 25º to 65º, set the Position Safety Pin at High Latitude Position, as shown in Figure 2 (a). For latitude between 0º to 35º, set the Position Safety Pin at Low Latitude Position, as shown in Figure 2 (b). Install the matching Latitude Adjustment Knob as well. The factory set default position is High Latitude Position (25º ~ 65º).

Retract the Azimuth Adjustment Knobs (refer to Figure 3 in which is next to the Bubble Level Indicator) to allow enough clearance for the Alignment Peg seating in the house. Unscrew 2 Azimuth Locking Screws. Put the mount onto the tripod head with bubble level on top of the Alignment Peg (Figure 3). Put the Teflon washer and Azimuth Locking Screws back and tighten them. Level the tripod base by adjusting individual leg. You may use the build-in Bubble Level Indicator or an external torpedo level to check level.


Lat. Adj. Lever

Lat. Adj. Knob (25º~65º)

High Lat. Position

Bubble Level

Alignment Peg



Azi. Adj. Knob

Low Lat. Position

Lat. Adj. Knob (0º~35º)


Figure 2

Figure 3


3.Set the Location Latitude: Unlock R.A. Clutch and adjust the mount upright. Tighten the R.A. Clutch. Unscrew four Latitude Locking Screws. Turn the Latitude Adjustment Knob to set your current latitude (Figure 2), which is displayed in Latitude Mark Window on the side of the mount. Using the Lever for a fine adjustment if needed.

4.Install Counterweight (CW) Shaft: Unscrew the CW shaft from the top of the mount (Figure 4 left) and thread it into the opening of the DEC axis (Figure 4 right).

Figure 4


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