Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

8 Neutral

1 Follower

About rml63

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    Ontario, Canada
  1. Better than all of my attempts, well done. Mike
  2. Hi John, Thank you for the detailed information re: your AZEQ5 with my sw 130mm reflector the 5 would easily handle that no problem. When you mentioned that you thought you did not need the dual eq/altaz functions of the mount it really got me thinking in an entirely new direction. What if the ultimate in ease of use and weight could be found in a separate alt/az mount and eq mount. If you say had a string of nights where by chance or design you could only view for short periods your alt/az mount is out and ready to go. With your preferred visual scope permanently mounted . The eq side of the equation has some obvious benefits , ie: scope, auto-guider and camera in a permanent setup . Maybe even a specific spot in the backyard (not an obsy per say but just a spot you know you can polar align easily) you could do an imaging run and still have your az mount for visual or EAA. The question becomes what alt/az mount to purchase, your az/eq5 really only has one competitor in that price point which is the Ioptron AZ mount pro. The overall impressions of that mount are about 50/50 in getting one that does not need tinkering out of the box. The eq side of the equation has several offerings from sw ioptron and the like all of which I am a sure you are well aware of. I realize having 2 mounts is more money , but just putting that aside for a minute, having separate tools dedicated to one job certainly does sound appealing. Mike
  3. I have been struggling with what mount to get. I have to say the AZ EQ5 has been on my list, I read a great deal about “slop” in the dec axis both here and other boards. I have also looked at the AZ EQ6 which looks like a good mount but as was mentioned it is not as portable as the 5. I have looked at the Vixen SXD2 and the SXP2 , the SB 10 controller looks great, but it is strictly and EQ mount. I have heard great things about Vixen’s quality and ease of use right out of the box. My question is would I be missing out on alot of quick viewing sessions with strictly an eq mount? I am assuming that the advantage of AZ mode is quick setup when you just want a quick view or do some EAA? Mike
  4. Geoff, I think your efforts are great regardless of your equipment. I have tried with a dslr and the Ioptron Skyguider Pro and did not have the quality of images you posted. I really enjoyed them and best of luck in the future. Keep posting they are an inspiration to myself and all others starting in EAA. Mike
  5. Welcome to SGL, Mike
  6. Try Ben’s Astrophotography - Youtube Mike
  7. Those are all very good points to consider. It is my understanding the Astrel would control existing software for the auto-guider, mount and polar alignment. I see what you are saying I have a 5 function combination woodworking machine, which is great, but it is one massive machine and requires compromises to be made when switching between functions. The Astrel seems similar to me, I guess I am looking for the “lazy” way to control everything in one neat package. But it will definitely require more thought than I had originally planned on. Mike
  8. I have the SW 130 BKP DS reflector even with a focuser for imaging I can see how that would be a problem. Astrel sure is appealing as an all in one system. Would I need a moonlight focuser to handle the weight? Mike
  9. That sounds like a great rig Ivan. What made you choose the EQ6R in the end? Mike
  10. Well now that you bring up the cooling issue, it does make sense. A fellow on CN has ordered one I will wait and see how he makes out with it. Mike
  11. Oh yes a ccd camera with built in filter wheel check it out at. astrel-instruments.com , everything can be plugged into the camera and it makes it’s own WiFI. They are just new on the market, but it will be my next camera. Mike
  12. I want to get an Astrel camera as it has an onboard computer. The website says it can control , mount, guider and as an option a 32 gig sd card to store images. I currently have a Pentax K1 mkll and a Sony RX 100V. Both take astro images but , can’t compare to the Astrel. Sorry I forgot the link. Mike
  13. I have struggled with this very decision myself. The eqm-35 is also a tracker which is great I have a dslr which I would like to try on it. The CEM 25P can be fitted in the future with I Polar ( however Pole master is available for both). I like the hand controller of the ioptron better. Good luck. Mike
  14. +1 on the Canon 10 x 42 , amazing for astro. Yes they are that good. Mike
  15. While this is an old thread to be sure it is news to me. I have a SW 130 BKP DS and the fact that a dslr will not reach focus is a problem. The scope is marketed as an astrograph does that mean that only a ccd or cmos astro cams will work this scope? Mike
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.