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After a lot of thought on how best to mount my heritage 130, trying a photo tripod & not being 100% happy with vibration. I decided to make adapted tripod to accommodate the good dobsonion mount that comes with the scope. I purchased a small Goto tripod from astroboot for little money. Cut a top from a piece of MDF & painted it black. Drilled 3 holes through the top into the Goto mount & bolted it together. Cut down 3 22mm chair leg rubber feet & attached to the top for the dob feet to sit in securely. Placed a level bubble & strengthened the leg spreader with some washers to take up slack. The mount is light weight & really sturdy. All for the cost of around £45.
Hey guys! Its me again... I know what you are thinking ? there is not such thing as a cheap mount for astrophotography...and i agree with you! I just want to know if there are any significantly cheap mounts (under 100 pounds) for my skywatcher heritage 130p that can give me maybe 15-30 sec exposure time max. Thanks
So guys after lots of advice reaserching and reading for the last 2 months i ve decided that i m going to either get a Skywatcher 200P(DOB) or a Skywatcher Heritage 130p(DOB)
If i get the Dobsonian i ll be using it about once or twice a week (if i have clear skies that is) i ll be taking a taxi to a semi dark sky location(atleast darker than my light polluted neighborhood) about 1.5 km away so the transportation cost will be close to nothing.I ve heard lots of great reviews about this neat 8" telescope and am tempted to buy it !(its going to be for visual i am aware of the earth's rotation)
On the other hand the Smaller more portable Version the Heritage 130p is a very neat telescope for its price(i ve heard) Its half the price of the 200p! I ll be taking this out almost every time i get out of the house(for walks or meetings with friends etc) I ve read part of the thread in cloudy nights and it seems like a great telescope! I ve even seen some very nice pictures with it (i know u need a mount). So what do you think guys? Should i go for the 200p or 130 p? I need the best value for money!
I'd like to make my own FTDI EQDIR USB Adapter for my new(to me) AZ GTi mount...
Does anyone know what the pinouts for the rj12 connector are? The 8-pin RJ45 connections are well documented, but I can't find a 6-pin RJ12 wiring diagram...
Lynx astro do make one, so I know it is possible ?