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  1. Hi everyone. A friend has an EQ3 Goto mount, I think it's the Sky-watcher one. Currently, I know nothing about them, except that he's having issues getting it to work. To the point that he's getting so frustrated with it he's seriously starting to thinking about throwing the mount away. He's described what's happening to me. What he's saying is that the mount never points to the place where he's asked it to point. He's saying that say the scope is supposed to point towards something in Orion, it'll end up pointing somewhere on the other side of the sky. He's also said that it doesn't seem to want to track past a certain point in RA. I'd thought rather than simply jump in and try to help him out and get just as confused, I was wondering if there's some check list of common EQ3 faults that I could work through to see if we can solve the issue. Once thing I do know is that he's running the mount from a dedicated tracer battery, so it maybe safe to assume that the power supply is good. (althought it's something I'm going to double check as I don't want to miss anything)
  2. Hi all, I've made a video on how to setup an equatorial mount. Hope this is useful, tips are welcome! https://youtu.be/clNITffWijg
  3. My star adventurer setup has looked like this since I got my star adventurer: The tripod I used was not stable enough and I felt like it was the reason of not being able to get good enough PA. I had to sit on the ground to look through the polar scope (not that fun to do on wet grass), and when I put the wedge and camera back on the tripod after doing PA, I suspect the tripod lean back a little messing up PA. I have just been to USA and Canada, where I bought a Manfrotto 055XPRO3 and a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ballhead. I certainly paid for it but I am very happy with my purchase. The tripod feels a lot more study and solid, and so does the ballhead. Because of the ballhead, I can also use the star adventurer without the wedge and counterweights. Overall very happy with the look of my setup, and I am very satisfied with my purchase. The tripod is so solid and stable that I can extend the legs when using it (not fully though, that would be stupid), and now I only have to sit on a knee to look through the polar scope. Clear skies! Victor Boesen
  4. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    SW 102 MAK on AZ mount with F3.3 reducer and SDC435 video camera. Local light pollution is terrible - 5 miles form Bradford city centre - Red/orange zone
  5. Hello, Sorry for another request on polar alignment, but I've looked at other posts, and I think my question is slightly different. So, I've setup the Star Adventurer, I can see Polaris easily enough in the night sky, and using PS Align, know where I need to place Polaris within the scope. Now, that's the bit I'm having trouble with. I can easily place my tripod in the rough direction of Polaris, use the equatorial wedge to raise / lower the scope so it's then within the scope, but it is fine tuning it along the horizontal that I'm having trouble with. I have a feeling I'm missing something blindingly obvious, so I'd appreciate any help you guys can offer. Thanks
  6. Hi all! I'm embarking on the autoguiding path... Obviously not everything is going smoothly... So, I have the new QHY5LII Mono for guiding on a Celestron 8x50 finder scope. I had already tried capturing images with maxim, from my main scope with the reflex on it. That seemed to work alright. I installed the ASCOM platform, the drivers from the qhyccd.com site (system & ASCOM), and also EZPlanetary. Maxim connects to the cam alright, but all I can get from the camera is noise, black images, or white overexposed images. I tried all USB gates, reinstalled a few times the drivers... I tried to capture images in the Guide tab, in the Expose tab... I tried with PHD2 as well, but no luck there either: only overexposed white images, or, when decreasing exposure time, gray to black images, but no details of what I'm pointing at at all... Also, strangely, my reflex shows only noise.... Meanwhile, I've seen all kinds of flashing patterns from the red LED on the QHY5... from fixed to slow flashing, to intermittent, to very fast flashes... I'm sure I'm doing something very basic wrong.... Any ideas? I tried looking at previous threads on this, but had no luck trying what was written there... Thanks! Gerhard
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