iOptron SmartStar 8803, SmartStar 8804, SmartStar 8800, SmartStar 8802, SmartStar 8503 User Manual


Quick Start Guide

SmartStar® E Series Systems

(8500, 8502, 8503, and 8504)

SmartStar® G Series Systems with GPS

(8800, 8802, 8803, and 8804)

Step 1.

Extend tripod legs to full extension.


Step 2.

#7 bolt

Attach mount to tripod using the long bolt (#7). Slide tray on

bottom of shaft. Then screw on round black knob (#9).

#9 knob





Step 3a.


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


adaptor (Step 5) to operate the mount.


Lift the battery cover. Carefully pull out the battery holder


from the compartment. Be sure not to accidentally


disconnect the 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 old or low batteries may cause error messages.



#2 knob

Step 4.


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




fastest (MAX). (Note: The slowest speed on the SmartStar®-E is




2X).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.


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


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


lock (#4) to adjust telescope.


















Step 8. Main Screen




For models with GPS: Wait for controller to say “GPS-OK” or




“Stop” in top right corner —not “GPS-ON”. GPS provides




Latitude, Longitude, and current time only.




Continue to step 9.




(Please note: this picture shows the SmartStar®-G hand controller.




The SmartStar®-E hand controller has similar menu items, but with a




smaller 4-line screen instead.)








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.




(This may be one or two menu items depending on your version)




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).




For SmartStar®-E controller a checkmark is “yes”, X is “no”.




Then press ENTER

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

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