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I have a 4 year old Skywatcher NEQ6 mount that I control with a Synscan hand controller. Recently I have had trouble with the goto command not slewing to and finding the targets despite properly following polar alignment with polar scope followed by 2 or 3 star alignment. I have eliminated cone error, so do not think this is the cause. The RA and DEC motors run smoothly with not much noise. In attempting to understand the cause I noticed that if via the hand controller I slew the telescope by 12 hours in RA; the setting circle indicates that the telescope has slewed by 12 hours 20 minutes, which I can imagine could be a possible cause.
Does anyone know if it is possible to perform some sort of re-calibration of the Synscan hand controller to adjust the slewing so that it corresponds with the actual physical movement around the RA axis. I cannot see anywhere how to do this or why it may be out of calibration.
Thanks very much for any advice.
Mike (SW France, equipped with Celestron C11)
I am going to upgrade to the skywatcher 250/1200 pds telescope and i can't decide which mount i should get.
The main (only) purpose is astrophtography and i am considering either the eq6-r- pro or the cem60
The cem60 can carry more weight but is also more expensive, my inner debate now is about if it is worth it
What's you take on it?
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
I'm looking at upgrading my manfrotto tripod to something far sturdier and taller.
I'm 6f3" so ideally having a tall tripod makes life easier as long as it doesn't get blown about by the wind.
I've heard the eq6 is a good shout but perhaps a little on the short side, but or the manfrotto 055 potentially still wobbly, or vixen porta ii.
I'd like to spend less than £60, but is that realistic?
What do you use or recommend?
After being initially excited at getting my first mount. I found that the instructions that came with it aren't much help. I'm trying to use the mount with my canon camera and 70-200 lens.
I know I have to align the mount to the celestial pole but do you do this before turning the mount on?
How does the mount know if you are using the camera on the left or right side?
Sorry for what are simple questions but I feel once I get these sorted I can start enjoying my new hobby instead of being frustrated at the first step.