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iPolar: A Smart and Fast Way to Polar Align Your Telescope - Download Now


How to Download and Use iOptron iPolar for Accurate Polar Alignment




Polar alignment is a crucial step for anyone who uses an equatorial mount for astronomy or astrophotography. It ensures that your mount's axis of rotation is aligned with the Earth's axis, which allows you to track celestial objects smoothly and accurately. However, polar alignment can be challenging, especially if you don't have a clear view of the pole star or if you have to rotate your mount during the process.




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Fortunately, there is a smart solution that can make polar alignment easier and faster for you. It's called iOptron iPolar, an electronic polar scope that works with any equatorial mount. In this article, we will show you how to download and use iOptron iPolar for accurate polar alignment. We will also discuss its benefits and limitations, as well as some alternatives that you can consider.


What is iOptron iPolar and Why You Need It




iOptron iPolar is a smart electronic polar scope that works with any equatorial mount




iOptron iPolar is a device that consists of a small camera and a software that can help you achieve precise polar alignment in minutes. The camera can be easily installed inside the RA shaft of your equatorial mount, or externally with an adapter. The software can run on Windows or Mac OS computers, and connects to the camera via USB cable.


iOptron iPolar uses a unique imaging enhancement technique and a smart plate solving algorithm to determine the exact position of the celestial pole in real time. It then guides you to adjust your mount's altitude and azimuth knobs until the pole is centered on the screen. You don't need to see or identify the pole star or any other stars, nor do you need to rotate your mount during the alignment.


iOptron iPolar can help you achieve fast and precise polar alignment without seeing the pole star or rotating the mount




One of the main advantages of iOptron iPolar is that it can work globally, regardless of your location or hemisphere. You don't need to set any parameters or switch any modes depending on where you are. You also don't need to worry about finding the pole star or its surrounding stars, which can be obscured by clouds, trees, buildings, or light pollution. You can even perform polar alignment indoors, as long as you have a clear view of the sky through a window.


Another advantage of iOptron iPolar is that it can achieve high accuracy and consistency in polar alignment, up to 30 arcseconds or less. This means that you can minimize the tracking error and the field rotation of your mount, which can improve the quality and sharpness of your images. You can also reduce the need for frequent alignment corrections or drift alignment during your observation or imaging session.


How to Install iOptron iPolar on Your Mount




Choose the correct adapter for your mount from the iOptron website




iOptron iPolar is compatible with any equatorial mount, but you may need to use an adapter to install it properly. iOptron offers a variety of adapters for different models and brands of mounts, such as Celestron, Sky-Watcher, Orion, Meade, and more. You can check the compatibility list and the installation instructions on the iOptron website. If you have an iOptron mount, you may not need an adapter at all.


Attach the adapter and the iPolar camera to the RA shaft of your mount




Once you have the correct adapter for your mount, you can attach it to the RA shaft of your mount, where the optical polar scope usually goes. You may need to remove the original polar scope or cover first. Then, you can insert the iPolar camera into the adapter and secure it with screws. Make sure that the camera is facing the right direction and that it is not obstructed by any cables or wires.


Connect the iPolar camera to your computer via USB cable




The last step of installing iOptron iPolar on your mount is to connect it to your computer via USB cable. You can use any standard USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your computer, or a powered USB hub if you need more ports. The iPolar camera does not require any external power source, as it draws power from the USB connection. You should see a red LED light on the camera when it is connected.


How to Download and Run iOptron iPolar Software on Your Computer




Download the iPolar software from the iOptron website for Windows or Mac OS




To use iOptron iPolar, you need to download and run the iPolar software on your computer. The software is available for Windows 7/8/10 and Mac OS 10.12 or later. You can download the latest version of the software from the iOptron website. The software is free and does not require any registration or activation.


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Launch the iPolar software and connect to the camera




After downloading and installing the iPolar software on your computer, you can launch it by double-clicking on its icon. You should see a welcome screen with some basic information and tips. To connect to the iPolar camera, you need to select the correct COM port from the drop-down menu at the top right corner of the screen. If you are not sure which port to choose, you can click on "Auto Detect" and let the software find it for you.


Set your location and atmospheric parameters manually or from an ASCOM supported iOptron mount




Before performing polar alignment with iOptron iPolar, you need to set your location and atmospheric parameters in the software. This will help the software calculate the exact position of the celestial pole for your location and time. You can enter your latitude and longitude manually, or use a GPS device if you have one connected to your computer. You can also enter your elevation, temperature, and pressure manually, or use an ASCOM supported iOptron mount if you have one connected to your computer. Alternatively, you can use the default values provided by the software, which are based on the current date and time of your computer.


How to Perform Polar Alignment with iOptron iPolar Software




Roughly point your mount to the north or south depending on your hemisphere




The first step of performing polar alignment with iOptron iPolar is to roughly point your mount to the north or south depending on your hemisphere. You don't need to be very accurate, as long as you are within 10 degrees of the true pole. You can use a compass, a smartphone app, or a landmark to help you with this step. You can also level your mount and set it to zero position if you want to improve the accuracy.


Click on "Start" button and follow the on-screen instructions to adjust the altitude and azimuth knobs of your mount




The next step is to click on the "Start" button on the iPolar software and follow the on-screen instructions. You should see a live image of the sky from the iPolar camera, with a red crosshair indicating the position of the celestial pole. You should also see a green circle indicating the position of your mount's axis. Your goal is to move the green circle to the center of the red crosshair by adjusting the altitude and azimuth knobs of your moun


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