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Hello to all,
I've just acquired my first tracking mount, a Skywatcher Star Adventurer, having dabbled with AP some years ago with a Celestron Nexstar 5SE which I still own but quickly realised back then that I needed an EQ mount. I captured my first ever planetary images this week with the 5SE and my new ZWO ASI290MC - Jupiter and Mars -which I was pleased with as a first stab but clearly need more work and knowledge. Looking forward to contributing more on the forums.
So after messing around for ages and struggling with an EQ2 mount I have finally bought a Skywatcher Star Adventurer astronomy bundle.
I must have made every mod/bodge possible to my EQ2 mount to try and get polar aligned and got some ok results, but after doing a very quick test of my new star adventurer the other night, I could not believe how easy everything is when you have decent gear.
After trying to make sense of the polar alignment method in the manual I decided to download polar finder app for my phone and I was visually polar aligned within minutes. Everything is just so easy from simple things like micro adjustement of the azimuth and easy adjustment of latitude compared to my eq2 mount and the fact that you can look through the centre of the RA axis is just brilliant.
I have only had it 2 days and as I have always read before when people have bought new - you guessed it - The clouds have rolled in. Sorry my apologies for that.
My quick test the other night was on a photo tripod so it was a bit wobbly with the wedge, tracker, counter weight, ball head and DSLR with 300mm lens but I tried 1 minute then 90 secons and finally 2 mins. I noticed very slight trailing at 90 sec and definite trailing at 2 mins. I suspect though that my alignment wasnt perfect as I was kind of rushing because so I just aligned quickly plus it was my first time, so I think I will be able to get much better than this with practice.
My master plan is to use the aluminium tripod that my eq2 mount is on and put it on that. I have ordered a 90mm disc with a hole in it and a 60mm 3/8 unc bolt so I can secure the star tracker from underneath as the tripod for the eq2 mount has an indentation in the top so I cant screw the star adventurer to it yet.
But once I have done it, I will post pictures.
So far I am really impressed with it.
Think I might try and sell my old mount on fleabay and see what I can get and all my other bits and bats that I wont need now, also the barn door tracker that I made. No longer need that now plus dont have the time to finish it now as I have my new tracker to play with
By the way has anybody come up with a good way of attaching the polar illuminator to the L bracket instead of just clipping it on, I can just imagine me dropping and losing that.
The Orion constellation taken 14.01.16 using Canon 100D on Skywatcher Star Adventurer. A reworking of my original image using Gimp. Bringing out the detail and colours of the nebula has unfortunately also brightened the LP to the lower half of the image. You can clearly see M42 The Orion Nebula within "the sword", and there is The Flame Nebula and The Horsehead Nebula around the bottom left star of "the belt". You can also see an element of Barnard's Loop which is the red band that curves around the left hand side of the image.