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#1 Splodger

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:34 PM

Hi,

I have a new LX85 Mount and I'm having serious alignment problems.

After properly Polar Aligning the scope when I go to Easy Align with the hand controller the mount points in a completely different direction. and I have been following the Step-by-Step instructions in the manual I have repeated the process numerous times to no avail. I have also reset the controller several times. Any advice would be most appreciated.

Many thanks,



#2 Andynator

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 08:37 PM

In a completely different direction from what - the first alignment star? Check to make sure you are setting the date in the correct format. I don't remember, but it may be DD/MM/YYYY instead of MM/DD/YYYY.
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#3 Splodger

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:14 PM

In a completely different direction from what - the first alignment star? Check to make sure you are setting the date in the correct format. I don't remember, but it may be DD/MM/YYYY instead of MM/DD/YYYY.

Correct, from the alignment star. Time and date are correct, as is location. 



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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:25 PM

I understand you are saying the location is correct. Still, I would check the e/w, n/s again just to be sure. It’s common to get something backwards and miss it when checking.

 

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:43 PM

I might also suggest skipping the Easy Align and trying the 2-Star or 3-Star alignment instead; and report back what happens.

Edit: you can check alignment without the scope mounted and using Google star maps, just to see if it's pointing in the general correct direction.

Edited by Andynator, 21 July 2019 - 09:51 PM.


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:12 AM

Hi I had the same problem. I have had my mount for about 2 weeks now and last night was the first chance I had to set it up. I was able to Polar align but when the mount went to the first align star it was no where near where it should be. So after a bit of bad language I found this post. It did not help as the date is set up with day month year              22-Jul-2019. So I started reading the book. It occurred to me that the hand unit was just a computer, so under the SETUP I did a reset of the system. This took everything back to factory settings. Went through the start up process and when it went to the first align star, Arcturus, it was almost dead center of the finder scope!! I parked the scope turned it off waited a few then did everything again and all was working. Alignment went well and when I selected Jupiter the mount put the scope so close I did not really need to recenter for the camera! So try to reset the system and see if that works for you.

 

Good luck


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