ieEQ45 polar scope focus?
Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:57 AM
The only thing I could see to use for focusing is the ring around the eyepiece which seems to screw in and out. As I screwed it out, the stars came into focus but the reticle did not. I continued turning it till the reticle came into focus, but the the stars were not.
I couldn't like Polaris up accurately and could only get it in the general vicinity. This was ok because I was just getting used to the mount and learning the setup procedures. I was doing any imaging. But it seems like there should be some way to focus the scope on the stars, and then focus the eyepiece on the reticle separately.
What am I doing wrong?
Posted 01 May 2011 - 12:35 PM
Let me re rephrase this - is there a software assisted polar alignment or something similar?
Posted 01 May 2011 - 01:22 PM
There's no software assisted polar alignment in the iEQ45. You could do a drift alignment, or I think there may be some external software you can run on a laptop that may do it.
Posted 01 May 2011 - 02:43 PM
Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:15 PM
Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:21 PM
Is there any trick to unscrewing it? I tried it by hand and it wouldn't budge.
Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:48 PM
I gave it a bit more oomph and got it to unscrew. I guess I wasn't trying hard enough before because I wasn't sure it would come off and I didn't want to mess something up. Anyway, I can focus it now. Thanks for the tip!
Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:49 PM
Keep turning that ring until the rectile comes into focus. I did that in my home before I took it out to the field.
My problem was that the reticle and the stars did not come into focus at the same point.