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isanruptysp

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intelliscope warp factor way off
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:16:13 AM »
I have the intelliscope 8" and the best warp factor I've gotten is 6.9. I cannot for the life of me get a good alignment no matter what two stars I choose or how far apart (or close) they are. What the hell is going on? This is a brand new scope.



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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 04:22:26 AM »
To mention, my scope is level vertically, but it is usually never on a level surface. Will this impact the warp?

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 08:30:53 AM »
During the two-star alignment, neither the tube nor the base need to be level with respect to the ground. However, the tube needs to be vertical with respect to the base. This is critical during the first measurement the handbox asks for.

There are instructions in the manual on how to square up the tube to the base.

Another key thing is to align with the two stars as quickly as possible. As far as I can tell, the Intelliscope doesn't take into account the time difference between aligning with the first star and the second, so do it as quickly as possible. This means selecting your two stars ahead of time so you can be prepared to swing the scope after doing the first star.

Even with good alignment practices, I can only get about 1.2 warp factor. So I do a third star and get it down to about 0.3.

Jeff Weiss

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 11:37:52 AM »
I agree with the previous poster about making sure the scope is exactly perpendicular to the base (by adjusting the bump stop as required).  Also make sure there's no slippage in azimuth.  I routinely get warp factors of 0.5 or less with the 2 star alignment.  Oh, and it helps to use a medium power ep when doing the alignment.  I usually align using 100x or so.  (That also helps in getting your finder cross hairs right on target.)

Antonio Zuniga

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 09:19:07 PM »
leveling, within reasonable limits, should not be critical and should certainly not cause values that high. Be sure that your "point vertical" position is accurate, not to the horizon but to the plane of the scope base. A crosshair eyepiece can really enhance the accuracy of your aim. last session i aligned via Deneb and Spica for a value of 0.1 and that is a typical result so that nothing > 0.3 is acceptable 'cause I can easily beat those results with another shot at it.try to avoid using Polaris too often. as a rule, i try not too use any particular alignment star very often. make sure your structural components are secure, snug bolts and encoder retainers. verify clearances for the encoder/sensor interface. i have gotten very poor results only when i left the coma corrector in the focuser in error or selected the wrong star. The other night i pointed at Spica and selected Sirius from the menu - D'OH. of course, selecting close alignment stars just will not result in high values, by definition.hope you get your issue worked out 'cause the intelliscope feature really is nice.good seeing to us all!

Deandre Fulce

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 01:32:44 AM »
a little trick in order to make sure the azimuth disk is not slipping. put some thin pieces on double back tape under the magmatic disk. this will keep it in place while turning the scope in azimuth. you can get the tape at walmarts. good luck, donnie

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 05:46:18 AM »

Ivan Kim

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 08:13:24 AM »
how do you align a third star? it is complete after the second star?

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Re: intelliscope warp factor way off
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 11:01:58 AM »
It is.  Many times, if the object falls just outside the fov after alignment is to center the third object, press the FNC button, and press enter twice.  You should get a "new" warp factor.  This is, in essence, a "Third" alignment star.....