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  1. Thats sort of what I did, as I said my finderscope was very accurate, so in most cases I could see the star Im pointing at with 10mm eyepiece, but in case I couldn't I find it I went to 25mm and then 10mm and 3.6mm. I doubt I looked at the wrong star as most stars I looked at were pretty lonely, and being dead center with 2x barlow and 10mm eyepiece at the wrong star seems like a very unlikely coincidence to me.
  2. You misunderstood me, I am not center aligned from the start. I just slew it to the correct star with my finderscope, and then center it with my 10mm eyepiece.
  3. Your reactions are so shocked that I assume I probably just do something wrong -.-
  4. Let me explain it a bit. By saying that I did star alignment with 3.6mm eyepiece and 2x barlow doesn't mean I started off with that, or that the goto was pointing there to begin with, it was rather close, but in accuracy terms, it was way off. My finder scope was very accurate, so usually I could easily detect straight away using my 10mm eyepiece(again, everything here is with 2x barlow), but the goto wasn't point on, I had to slew there. If I couldn't I'd just use my 25mm - 10mm - 3.6mm. In each step I tried centering the star as much as I could, and ended up with centering at 3.6mm. Isn't that the most accurate star alignment possible? Or is using longer eyepiece would somehow result in a more accurate star alignment? Thank you! I'll make sure to read that later on
  5. Yeah I didn't really wanted to get into astrophotography, just want to do my things well and use them properly Regarding the eyepieces, what do you mean by "not see it your FOV initially", when focusing I can see anything even when using 2x barlow and 3.6mm eyepiece, so I know its centered and still in my FOV(I assume its not what you meant tho? :x) And what difference does it make if I align using my 10mm eyepiece to start with or start with 25mm then re-align with 10mm eyepiece?.. Just to point out, Im not expecting to see much with my 8" in a "backyard" site, but I do want to know what I can and cannot see, so thats why I would like that either way. Regarding the last thing you said, I have no idea what you're talking about really, but I do remember seeing something like that in the handset, and that sounds really interesting, do you mind elaborating on that or tell me what I can search for in gogle to learn more about that? Thanks again The synscan setting are all correct(I checked like 100 times), regarding the PA, I really might try skipping it next time, idk.. About the eyepiece for the star align. I still can't quite understand why not use the shortest eyepiece I can, wouldn't it make it the most accurate? I did start off with 25mm, then went to 10mm and then to 3.6mm(again, using a 2x barlow). I will try next time using my 25mm without the barlow, but I'd like to understand why its better that way, thanks
  6. Yeah I remembered you told me that polar alignment is not essential for star align, but I do it anyway to be sure. Does it matter if I do 2-star or 3-star alignment? It would make sense to me that 3-star alignment would be more accurate than 2-star alignment, so I just go with this. Regarding the eyepieces, I have 25/10/3.6mm eyepieces, so I assume using my 25mm would be the best? And whats the reason behind that? Again, as I think logically, the shorter the eyepiece, I'll be more centered on the object, which should result in more accurate star alignment (?). Thanks.
  7. I think I recently just did factory reset, but I'll try again next time. Thanks. I see, would any camera be enough? My sister has a Canon PowerShot SX510 HS, is it maybe possible to use it to do the polar alignment? Or even for astrophotography? Pretty sure I have a camera adapter in my kit. Anyway, I think that my polar alignment was correct, but maybe the problem really was the scope balancing, and what do you mean by "Avoid additional toys", what kind of toys? ^^ Anyway, I'll give it all a shot next time, hopefully eventually I'll get the hang of it and really be able to fully experience it, thanks :]
  8. What do you mean by "you should not expect Spot On targeting after initial manual Polar Alignment." Isn't that the whole idea?.. And what is not manual polar alignment? I am using the mount for visual only atm, the thing is faint DSO objects are sometimes hard to spot for me(Im not always going to a very dark site as well), so the goto should be really useful with that. Regarding the 3 things: 1. I was on solid ground and the mount was leveled, so I don't think thats the problem. 2. Is that necessary? I've done it but not spot on accurately. 3. Pretty sure the polar alignment was fairly precise. And by "But even so, if you slew to the opposite side of the meridian, - it will most likely miss a bit." - is that correct even with 3 stars alignment? Thanks for the help!
  9. Hello, I'm having a problem with star aligning my goto EQ5, I believe I am doing everything correctly. Starting with polar alignment, then setting up the tube etc, setting the goto configurations(using SynscanInit 2.1), then trying to 3 star align. The process is rather fast, I'm even trying to make it as accurate as possible by using 2x barlow and 3.6mm eyepiece(probably way too much, is there any recommendation btw?) with it so I'll be sure Im centered at the target. Im finishing the 3 star alignment, it says its aligned successfully, but then it just doesn't get anything correct. For example, I started the alignment with Sirius, so then I tried going there with my goto, and its simply off, not that far, but still way off. Im sure I looked at the right stars, and really have no idea what could be wrong. The axis clutches are locked of course. Any ideas what could be wrong? Thanks!
  10. Possibly, tbh it just feels a bit complex to make and I really fear not buying something good or correct/not do it properly, even tho Im pretty familiar with making that kind of things.
  11. So overall, until I'll get to imaging etc there's not much difference between this and what I wanted to do with the 2 ch relay and remote isn't it?
  12. Since Im not really planning on imaging atm, or at least not with a camera, long exposure images, or anything that at least from what I think requires such accuracy, hopefully the first motor will be enough A few more questions, in case I do lose focus, how do I control it? And did I understood correctly, and the whole point is that the focus is 100% automatic? Or I do need to set targets etc somehow? And what is there sny bug difference between arduino nano and uno? As it seems to be pretty much the same price but uno having 12 dc port which might be useful. Again, I did not go deeply into the pdf yet, so if I can find it there, feel free to not answer that. Thanka for all the help! Appreciate it I have skywatcher 200p btw.
  13. Awesome! I haven't read too much from the pdf instructions(its freaking long ^^), but I've seen that the motor type you need depends on the focuser or something similar?
  14. That actually does look amazing, never got the chance to work with arduino tho. Im looking for a very cheap solution, so I don't want to buy an arduino kit for 25$, generally is it possible to buy an arduino motherboard only? Something like that for example and just program it to whatever I need?
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