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    Default Auto Guiding and the iOptron Cubes..How to



    Auto guiding with the iOptron has been a challenge for me for the past several days, so I decided to save others the frustration I went through.

    The basic issue, is that there is no info in the User Guides or Owners manuals that specifically tell you how the autoguiding function works.

    Equipment needed:

    Any variation of the iOptron Cube series, Cube, Cube Pro, Mini Tower, Mini Tower Pro, Mini Tower II.

    A suitable wedge or SmartStar A tripod.

    A iOptron ST4 port adapter

    A guide scope...pick your flavor.

    Guiding software, PHD is free, and it works great.

    You will need all the Ascom drivers from iOptron.

    You will need the current Ascom platform.

    Operation:

    Place your Cube in the EQ mode using the controller.

    Do all the necessary setup routine and two star alignment.

    Fire up PHD and connect to your guide cam and scope.

    Now go to the Auto Guide menu in the iOptron controller and hit 'enter'. It will bring up the Guide Rate menu, you can select 1.0, .8, .6 or .4 times Sidereal. Hit the number button on the controller that corresponds to the rate you wish to select. Now hit 'enter'.
    Do not exit the Auto Guide menu!!! If you do, you have just cancelled autoguiding. Let it sit there and blink at you all night, that means it's working.
    Now you can start your PHD program and it will actually calibrate and start guiding.

    Any time you exit the auto guiding menu to slew to another target or make any adjustments, it cancels auto guiding! Make sure you go back the to auto guiding menu, and select your guide rate and hit 'enter' and then just let the auto guide menu stay open.
    ^
    That, my friends is what iOptron does not tell you, nor does any other forum that I could find. Which is why I wasted countless hours trying to get PHD to calibrate...which it won't.

    Happy Auto-Guiding iOptron users.

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    Great work Paul
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    Wonderful write up thanks Paul, will give users more reason to get the iOptron SmartStars-As!

    can't wait to see the results,

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    Default Re: Auto Guiding and the iOptron Cubes..How to

    Sorry to dig up an old post but is it possible to guide using the ASCOM driver instead?

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    Default Re: Auto Guiding and the iOptron Cubes..How to

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadhead View Post
    Sorry to dig up an old post but is it possible to guide using the ASCOM driver instead?
    The mount uses the iOptron Ascom driver...the only way to autoguide on these mounts is with the ST4 adapter in conjunction with the Ascom driver.

    If you mean using Ascom Platform 6, and using EASCOM from Eqmod....I really don't know because I never attempted it. You can't use the HC port..that's reserved for firmware updates only. There really is no dedicated rs232 port, which is why the ST4 adapter is needed, and I don't think you could 'pulse guide' with that in place?

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    Default Re: Auto Guiding and the iOptron Cubes..How to

    Unfortunately EQASCOM only supports the Orion/Skywatcher mounts... (Atlas/Sirius/EQ5/EQ6/AZ-EQ6). It has code that is motor/gearing specific and can talk at a very low level to the mount hardware (no hand controller)
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    Default Re: Auto Guiding and the iOptron Cubes..How to

    A big thanks for this post this is good to know as the iOptron web page for the st4 port adapter does not mention it being compatible at all with the cubes!

    I've been playing with the idea of picking up a AltAzi-Eq Dual to take camping and just mount one of my cameras to it, though weight may be an issue.
    I'll open a separate threads on that thought stream)
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