Thanks for the warm welcomes Its nice to join a community with such friendly informative people. I think that settles it, I shall go for HEQ5. If only when I first bought my set-up I knew I was going to enjoy it this much and get into auto guiding!
Now that looks and sounds good, goto which i like the idea of, as it should mean less time me searching for things, and more time observing and photographing, and an autoguide port, sounds like a winner.
Hi there, I am new to the forum and would like to say hello to you all. I am after some advise regarding a mount for astrophotography and auto guiding. First off I am somewhat of a novice so will outline what equipment I currently have and the options I have come up with from researching on the Internet. I have an Orion st120 refractor (which I originally bought for dso's) sat on an Orion AstroView Equatorial Mount, this is equipped with the EQ-3M dual axis drives. Currently with a reasonably good PA I am getting 30-60 second exposures. Now after playing around with this setup for the last 2 years I feel now I want to take things further and start using auto guiding for much longer exposures. Now the first option I have come up with is to modify my EQ-3M hand controller to add an auto guide port, use my Phillips spc900 on my finderscope for a guide camera and buy the necessary leads etc. This just leaves the mount, I understand that when auto guiding you should have no backlash in the mount gears, unfortunately this mount is quite bad, and I really want to know if it is worth stripping down this mount, cleaning and re greasing the gears and trying to take out the backlash for what I want to do above? Or my second option is to buy a new mount that is designed for AP and have auto guiding, if that is the case then I would need to know what you consider a good mount upto £700. Any help or advice on the best course of action would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Steve.