Quote:Setup is very easy and fast. I do not have the optional polar scope, because it is not needed. I use it's Polar Alignment routine. I choose the "3 Stars Alignment" routine and I get within 1 arcmin of the Pole, normally. With that, I can image for 5 min UNguideded at 980mm focal length (TEC140). You can of course use as many stars (up to 25) as you want to refine the Polar Alignment. So, you can practically get a perfect polar alignment. Moreover, the software will calculate the Orthogonality error between the main imaging scope and the guidescope, and correct for it. By using the athmospheric pressure, temperature, and altitude, it will also correct for athmospheric refraction. You can imagine what kind of guiding you can get with these mounts. (usually I have errors of 0.03-0.05 pixels with a 3 star alignment routine, so I don't even need to guide)The keypad also has a T-Point like software in it. You can build a pointing model and save it internally.
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Quote: I have never guided my GM2000 and have taken one hour long subs with round stars. I expect the same from the GM1000HPS
Quote:Got my GM1000HPS today as a compliment to the GM2000HPS that I already have.
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Quote:I'll post back on my impressions once the observatory is finished in April
The results of 3 runs:
RMS error of pointing model over whole sky: 5 (best) to 10 arc seconds (worse)
Error of polar alignment: 16, 17 and 18 arc second offset in the 3 runs I did (2 polar align iterations**).
Quote:Question: what is your firmware version?
Quote:I have not had any problems with high altitude stars myself... Interesting!
Quote:You could try to automate the whole process of building the model, which by the way supports 100 points if you have the newest firmware, and sit back and relax while 100 stars are processed in just a short while.
Quote: ... a movie I made in order to show the model optimization that can be done from the latest version of Model Maker.
Quote:It's Maxim or CCDSoft behind it all.
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Quote:Nope. It stays there. Do remember to turn off the mount with the switch, not by cutting power!
Quote:Set it to "Sync refines OFF" and a sync will just move the existing model to the sync position.
Quote:And my problem is how do you do the "sync" bit. I see the "mode" setting but I see no menu item that is "do a sync now"