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  1. Hi SGL Hivemind, I’m after some advice: specifically, whether to upgrade my mount to an HEQ5 PRO or an NEQ6 PRO. I’m interested in astrophotography rather than visual. I currently image with an ED80, QHY8L, and a guided EQ3 PRO. It’s been an ok set-up for me so far, but the mount is the weak link. I’m sure an NEQ5 PRO would be sufficient for my current kit. But thinking longer-term I’d like to upgrade, perhaps to mono imaging and a bigger telescope. So in that regard an NEQ6 PRO would be a good choice for future-proofing. But I’m concerned that the sheer weight of an NEQ6 PRO, plus telescope, might deter me from actually setting it up in the first place! I do all my imaging from my garden and what's really handy about my current set-up is that I can just about pick all the kit up in one go, carry it a few metres from shed to garden, plonk it down, and go. In case it’s useful, these are the results I’m getting at the moment: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lee_pullen/albums/72157624700448482 And thoughts / comments / advice would be most welcome! Thanks, - Lee
  2. Hi, Please please please need some help on my NEQ6, its more about polar alignment on goto EQ mounts in general probably. Please allow me to list all the things I have done because l really want to know if I have done anything wrong during my polar alignment....as my goto can't find anything . It was last night 14th oct, my first time ever with clear sky with my first ever outdoor dressed rehearsal with my NEQ6 purchased circa 4 was ago so I did the polar alignment, i.e. I levels the whole mount first (i.e. Using a spirit leveller to make sure I have the home position of the mount 99.999% correct), found Polaris somewhere in my polar scope, centred it on my reticule cross hair, used the NEQ6's altitude (so I am only adjusting the mount vertically) nob to move Polaris on to its orbit (printed in the polar scope sight) around NCP, rotated the polar scope around its RA so the Polaris circle has Polaris inside. Rotated the polar scope again so the RA clock on the mount reads polaris's last transit (a read out from my NEQ6 handset's Hour Angle reading, verified with my polar align iOS app), and finally using both my Alt & Az bolts to again place Polaris within the Polaris circle printed out in the polar scope sight. By the way, I did all of this while the mount is switched on, mainly because I need the polar scope to have the LED on, and the handset to tell me the HA of Polaris anything wrong so far? So I at that point turned off my mount, my telescope was at a strange and awkward angle. I returned the mount to the home position by disengaging both clutches of RA and Declination (i.e. Manually returning my telescope pointing straight up). i then turned my mount back on, re-entered all the date/time/long&lat...etc, then did a 2 stars alignments , chosen my 1st star (Vega) , the mount started to slew and BOOM....., only that it ended up pointing towards something completely different.....:( i was very saddened... because that whole process took my novice self good 30-40 minutes, only to find I probably did soemthing wrong. experienced SGL'ers, help me! All I want it to take some short light frames so I can start enjoy astrophotography like your guys ?
  3. G'day y'all, I am trying to connect Sky Safari Pro 4.4 to a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount by 1. direct USB connection from Macbook Pro 13 retina (late 2013). My equipment comprises... Seeing with: Skywatcher Quattro CF 200mm reflector; Orion 80mm f4 Short Tube; Swarovski CL Companion 8 x 30 Mounted upon: Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro; guided by: Synscan, Orion StarSeek WiFi or EQmac, Sky Safari 5 pro; stabilized with: Orion Starshoot Autoguider/PHD2 Capturing with: Canon 1D-X, Canon 5D mk III; through: T-ring adapter on scope or EF 600mm f4L +1.4x(800mm)/2.0x (1200mm) ext. Laptop and Operating system: Macbook Pro 13inch Retina Late 2013 Mac OSX El Capitan 10.11.15 Software: EQMac version 2.0.0 beta 3 PHD2 version 2.6.1 Sky Safari Pro 4 for OSX version 4.4 SynScan EQ computer: Version 03.28 Wiring: Macbook Pro: 2 x USB ports connected as follows USB port 1: Orion StarShoot Autoguider (SSAG) with Orion supplied USB cable; USB port 2: Direct connection to Skywatcher SynScan DB9 RS232 port on NEQ6 Pro with purchased Shoestring USB2EQ' cable Orion SSAG auto guider connected to auto guider port on NEQ6 Pro. Results: EQMac appears to connect to and operate the mount correctly. PHD2 reports a successful connection. Guiding was not tested as this was done during daylight. Sky Safari 4 Pro does not connect. Note: I previously have tried to use Sky Safari Pro 4 on an iPad to the mount through an Orion StarSeek WiFi module connected to the mount’s SynScan hand controller. I was able to slew the mount using the soft buttons on the Sky Safari scope control display but the displayed position of the scope icon moved in the opposite direction. I disconnected the WiFi module and dispensed with the iPad method. I've attached a number of MBP screenshots below referenced as follows: EQMac settings (connected successfully): Image 1 of 8 attached PHD2 (connected successfully): Image 2 of 8 attached Sky Safari (not connecting): Image 3 of 8 attached Choices for Scope Type are: Images 4 and 5 of 8 attached Choices for Mount Type are: Image 6 of 8 attached Choices for 'Connection' are: Image 7 of 8 attached The error that appears when connecting is: Image 8 of 8 attached Any assistance in choosing the correct settings for Sky Safari Pro for both the direct connection to the Macbook pro as well as some help with the iPad-to-Orion Starseek WiFi setup would be greatly appreciated. Apologies for the monster-sized screenshots Pete
  4. Hello folks, I need some help, first of all is the Starsense compatible with the NEQ6 Pro. The second is a problem I have caused myself and cannot be fixed till later in the New Year but the question is if a mount is only roughly aligned will the Starsense override this and give a better alignment to the mount in operating?
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