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By Joshua Fulker
Hey, I've been looking for a mount for my 8 inch skywatcher reflector for a while now and can't decide what mount to buy. The requirements i am looking for are the following:
Goto system or synscan
10+ kg weight capacity
My budget is around £500. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good mounts or point me into the right direction.
My goal is to get better at astrophotography, my previous mount was a dobson mount ( which came with the scope ) but does not have any features to track objects which doesn't help when doing astrophotography. Tnanks
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'm a complete beginner and have a similar question. I'm thinking of buying a Celestron astro fi 130mm newtonian telescope what would I expect to see and what clarity? https://www.celestron.com/products/astro-fi-130mm-newtonian-telescope
Can't wait to get a telescope and explore the skies.