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Last week I received my Star Adventurer, and I'm learning how to use it. I had no issues aroud 0 - 80mm, but yesterday I was out trying to take pictures with my 200mm Takumar (300mm on my DX body), and I was struggling to point it towards my target (Andromeda). I know where it is, I could see it with my own eyes, yet, I wasn't able to point my lens towards, only after like 40 minutes... :/
I don't know how others do it, so any advice would be appreciated!
What I was thinking about:
1. hot shoe adapter + phone holder + phone / tablet with stellarium, so I would see in the app where my lens pointing (adds weight)
2. some kind of hot shoe adapter + a reflex sight
3. some kind of hot shoe adapter + a green laser pointer
4. a small scope, maybe a finder scope attached to the other end of the declination unit
5. maybe it's overkill, but is it possible to make the Star Adventurer GoTo somehow?
Thanks in advance!
By Ian M
Need a bit of advice please on the eq mount that came as a bundle package with the astromaster 114 newton scope.
I've polar lined up, balanced up and locked all down etc. BUT on the part of the mount with the 24hr clock (as pictured) there is a wobble, nothing's loose, just a wobble when viewing.
Is this something I have to learn to live with being a beginner's scope / mount or am I missing something.
Hope the above makes sense being a newbie.
I bought a new CEM25P and just spend two nights trying to get it to track. I've had many GEM mounts over the last 30 years, so I thought this would easy. But it seems that either I have a problem with the mount, or I am getting old. I leveled, balanced, and polar aligned the mount well. Then I attached a guide scope. I did NOT attach the cable from the guidescope to mount. I also did not attach the mount to my computer. This way I could watch stars drift and get an idea of was going on with just the mount. I checked the CEM25's tracking rate, and it is set to sidereal. LAT/LONG and perfect. Time accurate. Next, I watched stars drift on my laptop using PHD. When the mount is turned on, and tracking turned ON - the stars move somewhat quickly in RA. Like they are slewing slowly. When I turn OFF the tracking (zero key) they still drift, but a little slower. When I turn off the power to the mount, of course the stars drift, but at slower rate still - normal sidereal rate. When I turn the power back on the stars drift a little faster. Turn the tracking back on, and they drift faster still. But when I set the slew speed to 2x, and press and hold down the left arrow key, and the stars STOP drifting. Perfect tracking.
Thanks for any advice! CF
I have a problem with my iOptron ZEQ25GT mount. When switching it on the mount the Go2Nova 8408 Hand Controller does not start nor does is there a beeping noise.
However the red light top of the mount does come on and the Polar alignment scope reticle also displays it's red light, so it would seem that mount circuit board has power.
Is there any suggestions as to how to diagnose and troubleshoot the issue?
I have tried re-seating the ribbon cable in the controller connecting the controller circuit board to the LCD display but had no luck. The real issue is that I am not able to determine which component has failed.
Due to to a combination of a change of shift pattern at work&a shoulder opI had last year Im reluctantly putting up my imaging setup for sale.It comprises of the following:
1. Ioptron ZEQ25GT with custom made CWs and extendable shaft,custom made pier head adapter with materials to make a DIY pier
2. SW 200PDS with rotating ring and secondary dew heater
3. Optistar AR80S Dual Speed
4. Modified Canon 350D with charger and battery
5. Astronomic CLS CCD 2" filter
6. SW Coma Corrector
7. Astronomiser 10m cable(for camera control)
8. QHY 5-II camera with guide scope adapter
9. Hotech Laser Collimator
10. Phillips SPC900(not in original casing)
11.DIY dew heaters and control unit
12.Bahtinov masks for both scopes
Comes in a flight case and a few other bits and pieces that you see in the photos.I've attached a photo of The Witches Broom which i took with this setup,photoshop not being of of my best skills