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How to Get Started : Setting up Your Telescope for Your First Observation


Have you just unpacked your Unistellar telescope and are ready to make your first observations? This article will walk you through the steps needed to set up your eVscope or eQuinox and enjoy the wonders of the Universe.

1 - Install your eVscope or eQuinox on the tripod

- Open the legs of the tripod and adjust the height.
- Adjust the legs to put the bubble level within the
black circle.
- Check that the tripod legs are properly secured.

Note: each time you move your eVscope/eQuinox, we recommend resetting the bubble level.

A - Loosen the tripod screws at the crown of the tripod.

B - Install your eVscope/eQuinox vertically on the tripod. Tighten the screws at the crown
of the tripod to secure your eVscope/eQuinox. Be careful not to tighten too hard as it may
damage the thread.

C - Start the eVscope/eQuinox by pressing the On button for 2 seconds. The LED is first
purple then red. Remove the cap covers on both the eVscope/eQuinox tube and eyepiece.

2 - Connect your eVscope or eQuinox to the Unistellar App

Where can I download the Unistellar App? - Minimum requirements for the Unistellar App

Activate Wi-Fi on your device. If the scope is switched on and the LED is red, you should find your telescope as an available network on your smartphone or tablet.

Once connected, you should see the message: "Connected to device. Can't provide internet"

Now open the Unistellar app.

The first page you'll see is the catalog.

Go to the settings menu by pressing on the gear wheel icon on the top right of your screen , you'll be able to check your telescope status in the app by pressing "My telescope"

Ensure that you have the "Operator" status to be able to control the telescope: Operator VS Observer Status

You can now control your telescope with the App!

3 - Telescope orientation

The telescope must first perform an orientation so that it knows where it is before it can automatically "go to" objects in the catalog.

If you are still in the settings panel, you can go back to the main page (catalog) either with the back button of your device, or by pressing the back arrow in the top left corner .

Once in the catalog panel, press the telescope button to control the telescope

In the observation panel, press the Move button

You can move the scope with the in-app joystick

You can select "Slow Mode" to move the telescope more slowly.

Move the telescope until you can see stars as white dots in the Live View

If you cannot see stars or if they look blurry, you have to adjust the focus wheel at the back of the telescope until the stars can be seen as white dots. You can perfect the focus adjustment using the Bahtinov mask: Focus. How to use the Bahtinov mask?

Once you can clearly see a few stars, you can go back to the observation panel and press "Telescope orientation"

The orientation process should take less than a minute, and you'll see a confirmation message at the top of the screen when the orientation is successful.

You can now automatically navigate to objects visible in your sky area from the catalog!

4 - Point to an object from the catalog

You can access the catalog in the bottom menu of the App

Select an object by pressing its image in the catalog, and press the "Go to" button to automatically point the telescope to the object

Once the telescope has finished slewing to the object, you can activate the Enhanced Vision to start stacking captures.

To activate Enhanced Vision press the button circled in green below.

5 to 10 min of Enhanced Vision should be enough to get good results on most objects, however, fainter objects may require longer exposure.

5 - Save your captures

When you are satisfied with the results, you can save your capture by pressing the camera button

Your captures can then be seen in the app gallery (they are also saved in your device photos)

6 - Park and turn your telescope off

Once you are done observing, you can park and turn off the scope in the settings menu > My telescope.

If you press Park, it will place the telescope in the storage position and turn it off. If you press Turn off, it will turn off the telescope without moving it.

Once the telescope is off you can enjoy and share your saved observations in the App gallery or quit the app until your next observation session.

Useful article : About storage and maintenance

You can get more detailed information in this article about the use of our telescopes and application, and you can download a complete technical guide: How do I get started (I need a user guide / manual)?

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