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  1. Hello everybody. My last imaging session left odd looking star trials in my photos, almost like a clockwise motion. My polar alignment and balance were good, so I am not sure why this issue is occuring. Below is an attached video of me scrolling through my subs. Any help/ advice would be greatly appreciated! IMG_7102.mov
  2. Dear all, This is my first post. I'm quite new at astrophotography, although I've used a startravel mount together with a camera for a couple of years. I recently decided to upgrade to a skywatcher heq5 pro mount which I intend to use with a Ed-80 refractor, also from skywatcher. I've been spending countless hours trying to solve my problem and I am now to the point where I think my équipement is faulty and needs to be returned to be checked. Before I do, I wanted to ask you guys for advice because I can not exclude the possibility that I'm just doing things wrong. Here is my problem : The mount does not track even though I've done the polar alignment and hooked on the synscan handset. I initially believed I would not need the handset for simple tracking and that after polar alignment, the mount would automatically start tracking. Clearly it did not, as the mount did not move and was completely silent. I then hooked on the handset, entered all the info for initialisation, checked the sidareal tracking was checked, but still no tracking, even though the mount did make some noise at that point. I did try to align one or two stars, but the telescope would just be way off the targeted star. I mean totally way off, sometimes pointing the opposite direction. I gave up star alignment, so just skipped the alignment part, thinking I could still use the mount to track without star alignment. However, when pointing to a star, I would see it drift after a few seconds, so clearly no tracking. Can somebody help me out? Questions: is it possible to use the mount to track without any star alignment, or without using the synscan handset? Is there an on/off button somewhere I have missed to start tracking? Any idea why the star alignment is so incredibly off target? I doubled check all the gps, elevation, date info and the polar aligment is accurate as I checked it after a couple of hours and polaris was exactly where it should be according to my Find polaris app. I'm quite desperate now, so any advice is more then welcome! Thanks. fred
  3. Hello - I like my new eq6 -r mount except that images I take over 30 seconds show star trails and does not track very well. I would think that a heavy duty mount in this price range would perform better. My OTA is the Explore Scientific 208mm f/3.9 Carbon Fiber Reflector Astrograph and my imaging camera is a Touptek G3 1600KPA. My mount has a computer port on the mount that I connect directly to my computer. The interface is through ASCOM and EQMOD. The program I use for control is Astrophotography Tool. My normal routine is leveling the tripod, balancing the mount, polar alignment using iOptron iPolar Electronic Polar scope, find a star to focus, goto an object and photograph it. Has anyone experienced this problem? Any suggestions on improving the tracking. I would really appreciate any suggestions. Should I send it to skywatcher for repair?
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