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iOptron SmartStar 8602, SmartStar 8600, SmartStar 8604, SmartStar 8603 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 3a and 3b) or the AC

 

adaptor (Step 5) to operate the mount.

 

Carefully remove the battery compartment cover (shown)

 

open. Gently pull the battery holder out of the

 

compartment (see photo in Step 3b) 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

 

(▲▼◄►) on the hand controller to rotate the scope Up, Down, Left,

adaptor

 

 

and Right. Use the SPEED key to change the slew rate from the

here

 

 

slowest (1X) to the fastest (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

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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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