I couldn't keep from responding .
I've had the Intelliscope for (gosh, really???) 14 years now. It performs great every time as long as it is set upright at first.
To me that means:
Put the base on as level ground as you can - I use my garage floor.
Put the scope into the mount "VERTICALLY"
Measure horizontalness on top of the tube (no cap if you are brave enough) both left to right and front to back - both must be as dead on as you can
Set the vertical stop as exactly as you can to this spot and never move it - this is critical...I once found (however it happened) that the vertical stop screw had screwed in or out further - and it completely threw off the capability. Repeating the above procedure brought it back into proper behavior.
Some folks mentioned speed to align - yes indeed! I try to move apace from first star to second star and typically get acceptable warp value
Some other folks mentioned about which stars to use - as far apart as practical seems a good rule of thumb. In the winter, the pair Sirius - Polaris works really really well. (Note that you canNOT use Polaris as the first star... ).
Last cool "secret" - 2nd, 3rd, 4th (etc) object alignment. Look in the manual. Doing this typically improves overall performance but more specifically it does so in the area of the most recent alignment object. After your initial alignment, if you want to get better accuracy in region, here's what the manual says: (page 21):
The Realignment Function
This function is useful for obtaining a new alignment fix during an observing session
to correct for small pointing errors. Use this function only when pointing accuracy for a
certain area of the sky appears to be poor compared to other areas of the sky. This is
evident when objects in one area of the sky consistently fall at the edge or just outside the
field of view (of the 25mm eyepiece) when the numbers on the LCD screen read 0.0 0.0.
This can happen if the alignment stars initially chosen during setup are somewhat close
to each other (less than 60˚ apart) or if the area of sky being viewed is a considerable
distance away from the alignment stars chosen.
To improve pointing accuracy in a specific area of the sky, select an object in the locator’s
database from that region, and use the guide arrows to find the object. Precisely center
the object in the eyepiece (preferably a high-powered one). Now, press the FCN button,
and the R.A. and Dec. coordinates of the centered object will be displayed. Then, press the
Enter button. The LCD screen will now display “ALIGN OBJECT 3” on the first line, and
will be flashing the object currently centered in the telescope on the second line. Pressing
Enter again then realigns the IntelliScope system to the object centered in the telescope.
The LCD screen will display a new “warp factor” associated with the new alignment. If this
number is greater than ±0.5, you may want to consider resetting the controller to perform
another two-star alignment. Turn the controller off, then on again (with the Power button),
to do this.
If, instead of pressing Enter a second time after pressing the FCN button, you press
one of the arrow buttons, the list of initial setup alignment stars will be displayed. If you
wish, you can select one of these alignment stars to realign on. Do this by scrolling to
the desired alignment star using the arrow buttons, center the star in the telescope, and
In general, it will not be necessary to use the realignment function, but it is a handy feature
to have at your disposal. Also, be aware that while pointing accuracy will increase in the
area of sky around the object realigned on, it may decrease in other areas of the sky.
Another nifty feature is the ability to switch the readout so that you can read celestial coordinates in DEC and RA directly. Once you have done your nightly alignment, just push the FCN button and you get a continuous readout in RA and DEC. I have tried this for objects the COL doesn't know about (like Pakan's 3). It takes some getting used to but can be done.
Using the COL, I have observed upwards of 150 objects in one night.
If you select object type STAR and then scroll to STAR VARIABLE - most of these are carbon stars and quite colorful.
Also - the wider field EP, the better. I now default to my 100 degree ES (14 mm is go to EP).
Edited by chrysalis, 24 August 2019 - 04:11 PM.