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By Anne S
I have an EQ6 Mount for sale. Belt drive fitted by Graham Holmes around 4 years ago. Serviced and bearings replaced just over 2 years ago by Alan Buckman of AWRTech.
This is an early eq6 which originally had an undimmable polarscope. I fitted a dimmer knob not long after I had the mount. A replacement motor control board was fitted in 2012 following the failure of the original board. The hand control has never been updated so is on version 3.12. A warning comes up about the firmware. I've contacted Skywatcher for advice as the handset update programme needs updating before the latest firmware can be installed. I've not used the handset as I control the mount through EQmod.
The Mount has a Geoptik dual saddle plate and upgraded altitude and azimuth adjusters.
Included in the sale:
3 standard counterweights and 1 3.5kg counterweight.
2 Eqmod connectors, both made by Hitech Astro.
Polemaster adapter for the mount
Downloaded instructions for eq6 and synscan together with some Eqmod downloads and handset update instructions.
Update: I've been informed that this is an early v3 handset and thus has a limit as to how far it can be updated. To update it I suspect you need to obtain earlier update files from Skywatcher. The other option is to use the wireless method and the Synscan app on your phone for controlling the mount. I have tested the mount this morning with the handset and it works fine. See last image of handset pointing at Mercury.
The Mount has lived in a Pulsar Observatory ever since I bought it and has been used for deep sky imaging.
I am asking £600 for the mount. Collection would be preferred as, although I have a box for the mount head I don't really want to ship all those counterweights! I would be able to travel a reasonable distance to meet up. The deep sky image was taken over 3 nights with 20 minute narrowband subs at the end of February.
I have a 4 year old Skywatcher NEQ6 mount that I control with a Synscan hand controller. Recently I have had trouble with the goto command not slewing to and finding the targets despite properly following polar alignment with polar scope followed by 2 or 3 star alignment. I have eliminated cone error, so do not think this is the cause. The RA and DEC motors run smoothly with not much noise. In attempting to understand the cause I noticed that if via the hand controller I slew the telescope by 12 hours in RA; the setting circle indicates that the telescope has slewed by 12 hours 20 minutes, which I can imagine could be a possible cause.
Does anyone know if it is possible to perform some sort of re-calibration of the Synscan hand controller to adjust the slewing so that it corresponds with the actual physical movement around the RA axis. I cannot see anywhere how to do this or why it may be out of calibration.
Thanks very much for any advice.
Mike (SW France, equipped with Celestron C11)
I am going to upgrade to the skywatcher 250/1200 pds telescope and i can't decide which mount i should get.
The main (only) purpose is astrophtography and i am considering either the eq6-r- pro or the cem60
The cem60 can carry more weight but is also more expensive, my inner debate now is about if it is worth it
What's you take on it?