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Now when I have APT that control the camera it could be a bit boring when waiting. Maybe I could do some visual observations when the camera are doing automatic photographing?
I'm not a big fan of visual observation, but I recently bought a big 25x100mm binoculars and think it could be fun to have. It's very heavy and could not be handheld, I have to built a mount for it. This is something new to me so I reading forums and get ideas and figure out my own solution to it. As a first part I bought a caster wheel to have as a roller bearing. I will mount that on my second pier.
If you find it interesting you can see more details here and follow my project:
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.
Any help and advice you can provide me on this subject would be greatly appreciated. I'm not new to Astronomy but very new to Astrophotography and currently in the process of researching the equipment to start capturing photo's using my skills of being able to find already,
Currently I have a Skywatcher EvoStar 80ED and looking at upgrading to the Esprit 80 more personal preference but I am unsure if my Current EQ1 would do the Job for this I've been searching around but can't find too much info. I've looked at the Weighs of the Esprit and if I've looked correctly I think my EQ1 would struggle to support the weigh.
This is a nice Vixen GP mount in very good used condition. The mount itself is xcellent cosmetically, and turn smoothly with no unevenness. The only real criticism you could level at it is the fact that the counterweight and bar have been resprayed in a dull metallic colourful, looks ok and works perfectly well. It has one small counterweight.
It has short slow motion controls (which of course could be replaced with long flexi ones), it does not have a polar scope. I would say it is highly suitable for visual use where you just want tracking with minimal setup time.
I can supply it with the original short wooden tripod included for £150, or a taller aluminium matching Vixen tripod for £175. Open to reasonable offers.
Payment by PayPal fees paid or bank transfer. Pickup is easier but I can ship it at cost.
EDIT Also on ABS
I was asked on a Swedish forum to put an "Astronomical Dictionary" on my homepage. I have made a test page in an easy form. Astronomical related words linked to wikipedia.
It aims to the beginners in astronomy so it should not be too complicated words.
Let me know if it's useful and and I shall add more words.