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I wanted to have the sensor cleaned on my canon 500D , a quick email to skears photographic in Northampton http://www.skearsphoto.com/ was swiftly replied with the cost £30 , I dropped it off and waited a week due to COVID-19 and camera being quarantined for three days first , picked up with a service report highlighting a mark on sensor, on pictures there was a black speck I thought was dirt , camera pictures nice and clean otherwise, would recommend.
By Martin AB Cohen
After trying and failing some time ago to find a video tutorial on how to strip-down my Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro mount, clean all the bearings and gears, re-grease them, and put it all back together again, I eventually learned how to do this from various other online resources and have now created my own video tutorial. For those of you with a Skywatcher HEQ5 or HEQ5 Pro mount, or indeed an Orion Sirius EQ-G mount (which is the same mechanically), this video can help you to keep you mount running smoothly through regular DIY servicing (~every 2 years). I hope you find it useful. Here is the link...
I'm hoping to get a Skywatcher AZ-EQ5, and I want to use my SkyFi 3 and SkySafari 6 Pro to control the mount from my iPhone.
I have been using the Skyfi 3 with an iOptron Minitower but it's erratic.
The connection often gets dropped so I have to reboot the SkyFi and SkySafari : sometimes that works, but sometimes I can't reconnect at all.
Does anybody have any experience using SkyFi 3 with an AZ-EQ5 ? Does it work better in AZ mode or EQ ?
Hi Guys! My first post :)
I’ve decided to take the plunge and begin the hobby..or addiction of Astrophotography!
About 8 years ago I purchased a 2nd hand EQ6-pro, I’ve only ever really used it for visual through a 6 inch Newtonian. All I could see was grey fuzz or the moon!lol so I got bored and put it away in a cupboard!
For a few years now I’ve been taking wide field Astro photos using my DSLR and 14/24mm prime lenses which has given me the bug again!
I want to start taking images of galaxies and nebulae and all that good stuff which I simply can’t get with with my wide lenses.
My plan was to get a small refractor like a WO Z61 or Z73, field flattener and mount my 6D DSLR to it, Plus use a small auto guiding package.
Run everything off a laptop
My question really is...is my mount up to imaging?
Things have come on a long way in mount technology I guess since I last looked at buying one so I’m wondering, imaging wise if I’m best selling on the old EQ6 pro and buying something more up to date?
If my old mount is able to work and work well is there anything I can do to it to improve it?..Strip and Regrease ...Belt Mod...??
ive never had it apart before, nor do I really know how it was used before I bought it so it might need a good going over it might not...is there any way to tell for potential issues?
Im happy to do any work myself I’m pretty handy with mechanics
looking for advice really wether to stick with this mount or look for something new.
if new, max budget is around £800
any advice greatly appreciated :)