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#1 kim.davis

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 06:23 PM

Hi, 

 

I am considering GEM28 for both portability and handling small-to-mid APO for imaging. There are two options to choose between iPolar and AccuAligning polar scope (although GEM28 with polar is not available now). I would like to hear opinions from those who used both, in terms of portability, accuracy, easy of use, etc. One thing I dislike about iPolar is that I have to drag a Windows laptop which wouldn't be fun at remote sites. I prefer Android or iPad App. One concern about polar scope is accuracy, compared to iPolar. What's your recommendation?

 



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Posted 19 January 2021 - 07:32 PM

My personal opinion is that the additional accuracy that you can get from the iPolar, compared to a (well-adjusted) polar scope, is not likely to make any difference for the kind of imaging enabled by that mount. I don’t like the idea of having to use a laptop to align, either, and so I use the polar scope to align my iEQ45 Pro. I image at 730 mm f.l., I never felt limited in my imaging by the accuracy of my polar alignment. YMMV of course.


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Posted 19 January 2021 - 07:56 PM

Assuming you will be autoguiding, the polar scope is accurate enough. I've been eyeballing my PA in my CEM60 and can do 5 min at 1000mm no prob, even tried 20 min and stars still look great. The benefit of the iPolar is not getting on your knees, but the downside is the laptop. Once I found the polarscope was good enough, my iPolar and laptop have stayed inside.

 

Not autoguiding? The extra precision may be worth it, but periodic error and random mechanical errors will limit your exposures.


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Posted 19 January 2021 - 10:05 PM

My personal opinion is that the additional accuracy that you can get from the iPolar, compared to a (well-adjusted) polar scope, is not likely to make any difference for the kind of imaging enabled by that mount. I don’t like the idea of having to use a laptop to align, either, and so I use the polar scope to align my iEQ45 Pro. I image at 730 mm f.l., I never felt limited in my imaging by the accuracy of my polar alignment. YMMV of course.

Hi Francesco, 

 

Thank you for sharing your experience. I also don't like to having a laptop. Also iPolar supports only Windows so far.

 

Question. With the polar scope alignment, what was the unguided performance with 730mm FL? 

 

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 10:10 PM

Hi Francesco, 

 

Thank you for sharing your experience. I also don't like to having a laptop. Also iPolar supports only Windows so far.

 

Question. With the polar scope alignment, what was the unguided performance with 730mm FL? 

 

Thanks!

I never do unguided. With an image scale of 1.1 arcsec/pixel, I simply can’t afford a mount that can track at sub-arcsecond level without guiding. 


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Posted 20 January 2021 - 08:55 AM

Hi, 

 

I am considering GEM28 for both portability and handling small-to-mid APO for imaging. There are two options to choose between iPolar and AccuAligning polar scope (although GEM28 with polar is not available now). I would like to hear opinions from those who used both, in terms of portability, accuracy, easy of use, etc. One thing I dislike about iPolar is that I have to drag a Windows laptop which wouldn't be fun at remote sites. I prefer Android or iPad App. One concern about polar scope is accuracy, compared to iPolar. What's your recommendation?

If you are imaging without a laptop, are you using a DSLR? If you ever decide to use a laptop and astro camera there are other PA alignment options such as SharpCap.


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Posted 10 February 2021 - 10:33 AM

If your image scale is 2 arc sec per pixel or higher, the ioptron polar scope should be fine, as long as the factory collimation of the polar scope is good, and you have finesse using a polar scope. 


Edited by Bob_Huerbsch, 10 February 2021 - 10:33 AM.

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