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  1. Skywatcher Skymax 127 Synscan AZ GOTO Barlow Lens (1.25") 6x30 Finderscope 90° Star Diagonal (1.25”)- Repaired SynScan AZ GoTo Computerised Alt-Azimuth HD Go-To Mount with Handset Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray Extras ------ Skywatcher WiFi Adapter (This is so you can use your mobile phone for control to control the scope instead of the handset) Celestron Powertank with cable & charging plug T Adappter & Ring for Canon 1300D Camera Meade 8- 24 Zoom lens Bahtinov mask x 2, One for telescope and a small one for canon camera lens L Bracket for attaching a camera to the mount rather than piggybacking onto the scope Plastic carry case for lenses masks etc. Diy Solar filter using Baader Solar Film Turn Left at Orion Book and The Sky at Night paperback Patrick Moore This telescope and accessories are only 6 month old and I have only used it 3 times, so it is like brand new except for the star diagonal which has been repaired. Powertank was bought at christmas and has only been charged once The star diagonal got dropped and the silver insert (the bit that you put the eyepiece into) that screws into it became slightly loose in the threads so I repaired it by putting superglue on the threads and screwing it back in. It is held solid now and no glue is visible and all the eyepieces fit perfectly. All instruction manuals and tools still in bag. Non Smoking Household £400 ono reduced Location Bolton, North West England. Collection or I can do local delivery in person. I would prefer this as postage would be expensive also the risk of damage in transit. If needed then I estimate around £15 due to size and amount of items if sent by courier.
  2. Hello, Bought and received my Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount yesterday along with a Skywatcher 12v 17ah power supply. This is my first goto mount (had a non computerised EQ5 previously). We've updated the firmware, balanced the scope and tried playing around with the slewing on the hand controller. The mount will only slew in certain directions and not in others dependant on the starting orientation of the telescope. Declination seems to be the biggest culprit. Also is it supposed to sound so loud when it slews/doesn't slew? Any advice would be appreciated, we are out of ideas about how to get it to work or what we could try. Thank you! Simona
  3. Hi, First post - so I hope I'm putting this in the right place. I wonder if anyone can help? I've got an EQ3 synscan mount which sits on top of a concrete pillar. Despite the Rigid Pillar and good Polar alignment I get terrible Goto's and Tracking. I wonder if upgrading to an EQ5 might solve some of the problems. It seems, from the reviews, to be a much more accurate mechanism. But if I did that is there any way I could buy the basic EQ5 and use my current EQ3 Synscan motors/handset with it. Buying the whole EQ5 with synscan is horribly expensive, and having already got the synscan unit would seem a waste.
  4. Hi all, I bought a Astromaster 130EQ two years ago and bought separately a celestron xcell barlow 2x and a Xcell LX 25mm. I now use my iphone to take photo's with a adapter. However, I have trouble finding and specially tracking objects. Will an Goto system make this much easier? The next question is, should i stay with my astromaster 130 mm newt. telescope and invest in a goto mount like the skywatcher eq5 with synscan or can i better take an Nexstar 5SE? I am open for other suggestions I want to make planetary pictures with my cannon camera (moon / mars / jupiter) if possible deep sky. However there is severe light pollution in my area. Thanks in advance
  5. Hello all I wanted to ask those that already use EQMOD what are the main benefits of using it. I have a eq6 and I currently use synscan BUT I have just loaded up cart du ciel with EQMOD and moved my mount for the first time. Lovely! What do people think of it? Does it help with imaging? Can it help with better alignment? I'm particularly interested in this. If some of you out there use it please give me a list of things that you use it for where it outshines synscan. Gerry
  6. Recently had some bad personal news so did what I usually do in these circumstances.....I bought a new scope To be precise a Synscan 127mm Maksutov from Rother Valley Optics (no planned advert but have to say great service) At last clear skies tonight so set up my new scope, used 2 star alignment, Regulas and Sirius as my garden is only any good towards the south (street lights everywhere else), really simple, five minutes and up and running. Quick tour using handset for messiers and whipped through M46, M47, M48 and M50, followed by the Christmas tree cluster and the beehive With 25mm and 15mm eyepieces I have to say the Mak was a revelation, great views and a fun evening Looking forward to some great nights with this little treasure
  7. I am looking at the Canadian Skywatcher website and reading about the SynScans dobonian base models, comparing them just for fun. (I always wonder if someday I'll be sitting while sketching) http://ca.skywatcher.com/product/series/dobsonians/ 8" SynScan GPS 1 548USD / 1 996CAD (F5.9) 10" Synscan GPS 1 970USD / 2 541CAD (F4.7) +545 +2" 12" SynScan GPS 3 049USD / 3 932CAD (F4.9) +1391 +2" 14" SynScan GPS 3 831USD / 4 941CAD (F4.5) + 1009 +2" 16" Synscan GPS 5 269USD / 6 796CAD (F4.4) + 1885 +2" Just looking at price, size and F ratio, I find this interesting especially for the first 3 models the 8", 10" and 12" In these deals the 12" is F 4.9, is it a big difference with a F5 honestly? With the same eyepieces I use right now with my F5, Xcel LX, Starguider, Explore scientific 68 and 82 and orthoscopic eyepieces, I don't fell any need for a coma corrector very much. If anyone ever compared a F5 with a F4.9 Also, looking at the prices, the 10" it not much more expensive then the 8", but at F4.7, I believe it needs a coma corrector which will raise the price of a few bills and you get more glass behind the eyepiece. ============ (Simulation) My first goal would be to upgrade to something I can sit while sketching and that has a tracking system, that's mandatory. The 3rd thing, the aperture has to be 8" or more naturally, It's the least important need in the 3 but it's still there. The choice is not really easy: 8": PROS: Not to heavy, generous F5.9 focal ratio, decent price, not too high to watch while sitting CONS: No aperture upgrade. 10": PROS: interesting 2" aperture gain, probably still low enough to watch while sitting CONS: F4.7, Coma corrector required 200$GSO / 400$ Baader, more lens behind the EP 12": PROS: Maximum and massive aperture upgrade, F4.9 perhaps no coma corrector required. CONS: heavy weight, perhaps too high to watch the zenith while sitting, quite expensive. if you want to share your opinion, what telescope do you guys thing is the very best of the 3 and why?
  8. Hello, ive still haven’t made a decision on what telescope to buy yet ( been very hard to decide what to get ) My Max budget is £400 if I know it’s worth the price.I’m looking for something that’s relatively simple and easy to set up. I was thinking about the 200p but I think that maybe a bit awkward for me and was looking to do some sketching so a goto Mount or something similar would help. I’ve found this scope https://www.firstlightoptics.com/az-goto/skywatcher-startravel-102-synscan-az-goto.html I was wondering if anyone has used this scope or knows more information about it than I do. Was wondering how “portable” it is and what the weight is for it. I’m looking to look at most things through the telescope but not setting my expectations too high. My skies are quite good 4/3 bortle scale. And will be storing it in a garage also will be stairs so need something easy for me to carry. And I’ll be going to a field opposite my house for better viewing. Sorry for keep asking what scope to get as you can see I’m not very good at sticking to a scope . Cheers Olly
  9. The purpose of this project was to provide a sturdy semi-permanent levelled support pier for a Nexstar SLT GoTo mount. If one does not find the standard portable tripod satisfactory, the only off-the-shelf solution seems to be to upgrade to a more substantial GoTo head (with dovetail) and tripod at significant cost. If one has access to an engineering workshop, many solutions are possible, but a constraint is the non-standard bowl-like mount head with large hand knob on the underside. The solution I eventually adopted was to obtain a spare bowl head and make wooden tripod legs for it. This is a relatively simple design which can be left out in the rain or re-positioned as required. Cost including postage was about £40 for the head, timber, aluminium strip and bolts. I got the head bowl from Astroboot. Tools: pillar drill, electric router. The completed mount is pictured below. It is stiffer than the standard Stainless Steel tripod with legs at full extension, but not as stiff as an EQ-5. The wooden legs are 1.2m long with levellers at the tips. I levelled the tripod using a proper spirit level, the built in bubble serving as a check. On the first trial I aligned on the Moon in daylight and found Arcturus and Jupiter. Having the head cup already set up saves significant time.
  10. Hi All I have just acquired a SkyWatcher EQ5 Pro mount and SynScan to replace/augment my ageing CG5-GT. The mount came with the lead and Prolific USB Serial Converter to allow me to control the mount or update firmware from my laptop. After downloading the latest firmware and firmware uploader I followed all the instructions and successfully managed to update the firmware with no problems. Feeling I was on a roll, I then downloaded and installed the ASCOM platform bits'n'pieces and successfully managed to control the mount via EQMOD and slew to objects using Cartes du Ciel (CdC) - brilliant! A few days later, I had been thinking about doing a Factory Reset to clear any details from the previous user. Having been working in IT for a number of years, and knowing how things can change for no apparent reason, before I attempted any Factory Reset I would just check that I was still able to do a Firmware Update if the Factory Reset 'downgraded' the firmware. This is where it got interesting. Sequence of events follows; 1. Connect serial cable from laptop to hand controller 2. Start hand controller in firmware update mode (ie holding down 0 & 8) during hand controller switch on. Hand controller indicates it's ready to be updated. 3. Start Firmware Uploader application. Decide to check current HC version etc via this application. Auto detect COM port is checked but I know that the COM port used is 6. 4. I see the COM port indicator in the Uploader application change from it's default value of 1 to 6 (as I expected) 5. A few seconds later, I get the "Cannot connect to hand controller" message. 6. Hmm! Check all cable connections - fine. 7. Run through above sequence again - same result. 8. Start Hand controller in normal, observing type mode and select "Direct PC" control. Start EQMOD and I find that all is working fine and I can control the 'scope no problems. 9. Thinking I may have 'tightened' a loose connection, I decide to try the Firmware update process again. I did not disturb/break any connections after using EQMOD as I knew they were working. 10. Ran through 2 to 4 above. Sadly, I got item 5 message again. Cannot connect to hand controller! 11. After trying a number of things and none of them working, I finally ended up disconnecting the Serial cable by unplugging from the USB port on my laptop. Plugged it back in again, pressed the "HC Version" button on the Firmware uploader app (which was still running) and, Hey Presto, it worked! I can't get my head around why this should happen. Needless to say, I decided not to do a Factory Reset - I didn't want to push my luck too far :-)
  11. The Synscan 4 with my new mount ( EQ8 ) has strange behaviour and I am trying to find out if it is bug, a fault in the unit or a strange "feature" of the firmware. During tracking in RA the celestial declination reported by the Synscan is slowly changing even though the declination axis of the mount is apparently not moving. Has anyone else noticed this? If you get a chance could you check? In my case the problem is seen via the following steps: - start aligned scope from park - select and rotate to object using Synscan - on hand controller display the rotation angle of the mount's declination/altitude axis ( Utilities/ShowPosition/AX1 ) - whether tracking in RA or not, I have found this figure to be constant as soon as the mount has finished moving to the target. - on hand controller display the Celestial declination ( Utilities/Show Position/DEC ) - it is this figure that is slowing increasing ( ~ 5" / min ) ( note it does not change if tracking is set to "off" ). Does anyone else have this "issue"? Do you have any ideas what it could be? Note that this has nothting to do with PHD or flex of the tube or imaging system - the above is just related to the declination information being displayed ( and exported ) by the Synscan unit. Much appreciated, Mike
  12. I've searched a few forums looking for help on this subject and wasn't able to find anything - so I'm posting here in the hope that it helps others. With the help of the Simulation Ciriculum Corp I've been able to connect Starry Night Pro 7 to my NEQ6 SynScan mount. I believe the process will be the same for earlier versions of SN7 that support telescope control. Here's how I did it First - you'll need to ensure you have all the required ASCOM drivers and ASCOM itself installed before attempting to connect to your the mount (not discussed in detail here). 1. Download the SkyWatcher driver here: http://ascom-standards.org/Downloads/ScopeDrivers.htm#synta or here http://download.ascom-standards.org/drivers/SkyWatcher(6.0.6262)Setup.exe 2. Connect your mount to your laptop via the SynScan hand controller (detailed process not discussed here) and go to Control Panel to see which port it's connected to - make a note of the number. NOTE: Do NOT put your hand controller into "PC Direct Mode" (as you would with EQMod etc.) - this will prevent connection to SN7 3. Search for "Telescope Control" in Starry Night Pro 7 > under Setup click Congifure > select the SkyWatcher driver from the drop down list (ddl) > click Properties > select the port number noted above > complete the remaining fields in the properties window and click OK. 4. Finally, click Connect The big thing to remember here is to NOT put the hand controller into "PC Direct Mode" I'm still testing this configuration, for instance, I need to update my hand controller to ensure I get full functionality out of SN7 as the SkyWatcher driver is built for the latest version of SynScan. Hope that helps, and thanks to the Simulation Ciriculum Corp. team for their help with this. David
  13. Hi All I need the combined brains and experience of SGL please, I'm stuck!! I've been an astronomer for 30+ years and have had several Skywatcher telescopes over time, including my current EQ6-Pro for about 10 years. This is largely irrelevant to my post, except that I hope to convey that I'm not a total novice to getting telescopes to work as they should...although I feel like I am today. I recently picked up a very battered early-version EQ6 with 10" reflector, cheap. It hadn't been looked after well and when I first fired it up...it didn't fire up at all. No life. I noticed that the power supply wasn't suitable as it only had a 0.5A output. So after digging out a spare one from the cupboard outputting 12V 1.25A, the Synscan chirped into life. My first attempt to slew the mount was met with a horrible grinding noise and refusal to move. Needless to say, I didn't do that again. Clearly the motor/gear train was seized. So a quick look on the internet brought up the amazing website posted by Astro Baby, with step by step instructions on how to strip and rebuild an EQ5 or EQ6 mount. This kept me entertained for a couple of nights, followed by a lovely smooth running mount slewing in RA and DEC as it should. Many thanks Astro Baby! Last night was the first clear night, so I took the mount out, popped the 10" scope on (had a full respray, new finder, new focuser and laser collimation), and awaited the fall of darkness. Here comes the rub. I roughly aligned the mount on Polaris, not bothering too much for this first test. The Synscan controller is (unfortunately) running Version 2.05, which is one of the early versions that are not flash upgradable. Although I didn't realise this until after I had downloaded all of the upgrade files from OVL's website. ? When I picked the first alignment star (Capella, rising nicely in the north-east sky), the mount did something completely unexpected and slewed around to east of the meridian and pointed somewhere in the direction of Alcor! What the ...? After several unsuccessful attempts at carrying out an alignment, I gave up and looked online for any similar problems. I've checked and confirmed all of the following things are correct: Location - yep as per my Cumbria coordinates Date - yep in the right format (mm/dd/yyyy) that good old confusing American format Time - yep I tried with BST and without BST (not really expecting any significant difference) Made sure the mount was in the "parked" position (weights down, scope pointing towards Polaris) before turning the mount on Tried all sorts of initial alignment stars, but none of them were in the right area of the sky at all Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything on the web that offers a solution. I did wonder if I've done something during the disassembly of the mount - but I know the mount doesn't have encoders on it. I didn't see anything that looked like a counter of any kind? I don't think it can be anything to do with the power supply...surely that couldn't introduce such a wild error in pointing? It's like the handset has no idea where it is. Any help would be much appreciated. This was going to be a second mount for me, but at this rate it's going to go on the scrap heap. I did think about buying a V3 handset, but didn't want to commit another £120 in case it's something in the mount itself that's the problem. Yours hopefully Jeremy
  14. Hiya, I have a problem of doing alignment with my synscan. I align my scope to polaris successfully. However when i use the hand held controller synscan to do the alignment, forget about two or three stars alignments, it was impossible for one star alignment, it suggested the stars miles away from my location, when i try to slew to adjust the possition, it wont let me too do that because the location is too far out reach. Please can someone help me ? another clear night but i failed misserably ? Winnie
  15. I have a Skywatcher 200p Solid tube dob. I was curious if it is possible to fit the synscan system onto it like their truss tube dobs. Anyone have any insight on this one? It would just be nice to have since I live in the middle of downtown so finding some things isn't always as easy as it should be. Jon
  16. Brand new to the website, been searching with Google for the last couple of hours looking for help. I apologize if this has been asked and is buried somewhere on the forum. I could not find it. I have an Orion StarSeeker III 127mm Mak-Cass. I've had no issues with it, until now. For some reason when I power on my mount, my Synscan remote, says initializing. After it finishes with initializing, it says the Synscan version (04.05.17) and then doesn't do anything else. I can move the mount with the directional keys. I can hit the number 2/Rate button to change the rate. When I select a rate, when I hit enter, it doesn't recognize the button push. The rate will change after 5 seconds if I don't push anything else. None of the other buttons do anything. I know the buttons work, since I can change the rate from 1-9. However, none of the alignment, setup, etc stuff can be accomplished because the buttons don't do anything outside of rate. There was no trauma to the Synscan unit, or my mount. It didn't get wet, etc. I'm bummed out because I'm trying to use the scope for some beginner astrophotography and I can't get the thing to track obviously without being able to use any of the functions of the Synscan remote. I know 99% of the people here are smarter than me, and I can't believe I'm the only one to have experienced this. Please someone help! For the record, I did just order the adaptor so I can try to update the firmware on the remote. I'm hoping this is a simple fix, but I'm wondering if others have had similar issues. I would like to become more knowledgeable in viewing, and astrophotgraphy but holy steep learning curve Batman! Thank you in advance, Tolero
  17. I have run with v3.35 for a while now on my HEQ5 pro, ignored v3.36 because of all the bug reports, but i thought I would upgrade to v3.37 as nothing has been reported to my knowledge. I installed v 3.37 easily and read the associated documentation which says it has fixed the 'start from park bug'. Well it hasn't. Every time I fire it up after having parked in home position I get an 'Alt/Dec no response' error and it won't start from home park. After a few days of this I've gone back to v3.35 which works just fine every time. Just a small warning.
  18. Hello again friendly forum! Recently I upgraded from an old Vixen refractor to a Skywatcher 200 P reflector with a HEQ5 Pro mount. My first night out was pretty horrible as I couldn't even find polaris due to a mass of trees. But instead I spun the telescope around and took a variety of photos of the moon to make a huge a moasaic. So I made turned a bad night into a semi decent one (see my profile post if interested.) Finally on my second light, the moon had gone from the sky and I found polaris and I aligned my polar scope up perfectly (SUCCESS!). The last time the illuminated polar scope was so bright I couldn't see polaris through it, but this time a combination of turning the mount on and off helped me align the scope as I wanted. So I entered in all the useful coordinates/time and started the 3 star alignment process. I chose Pleiades of Tauros to the South as I could see it. So I accepted the target chosen and the mount started slewing but instead of pointing anywhere near the target, it pointed up to the west. I am very confused and still have no idea how it's happening as I've been checking the forums but I'm pretty certain I'm entering incorrect coordinates. Could somebody please help me format the location of my scope in a format the SYNSCAN will understand. Thanks for any advice! I'd love to get my setup sorted this month as I hear January is a good mont hfor astronomy, planetary-wise at least! Cheers, Tom
  19. I have broken Synscan HandContoller.I Use SkyWatcher EQ5GOTO. Inside handContoller ,Model "CELESTRON NXW215 REV.G" is printed on board. I found broken parts printed "C3" on board. What is this parts? I guess Same Parts "C4"(104C 23LN5)... Anyone have this board's photo? or Anyone knows what "C3"Parts is? Please Help.
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