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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 :)
I have damaged the ra gear on my EQ6Pro whist installing a belt mod and I would like to replace it.
An older message recommends aeroquest-machining.com but the site is dowm.
Anyone have any other suggestions, a Skywatcher one is a special order item and will take ages.
Thanks in advance
I'm trying to balance my AZ-EQ5 as perfectly as I can, all was going well (all 3 axes) until I added the Polemaster. As this is off-axis it applies torque to the RA causing the axis to rotate until the Polemaster is hanging at the lowest point.
I need to couterbalance this, any ideas how?
Do I need to counterbalance this? Am I being too picky?
I have considered taking the arm off and gluing the Polemaster onto the on-axis point of the top cover, but again, is this overkill?
Just spent 4 hours resurrecting my AVX mount, it had become so stuff in RA it just wouldn't track at all. Googled as much as I could find and used the http://rocketsparrow.blogspot.com/2017/01/how-i-made-better-celestron-avx.html?m=1 as a guide.
Decided to use a bearing as discussed in thread. I chose the https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/p503131/32007-Premier-Budget-Metric-Single-Row-Taper-Roller-Bearing-35x62x18mm/product_info.html?backstep=1 as the dimensions were perfect ( almost perfect, bearing is 2mm too thick but works fine)
Cleaned all the gungy grease off and used thin layers of superlube.
It's so much smoother now and I can actually balance the mount.
Only problems I had were the 2 bolts that hold the RA and Dec assembly together stripped the mount ! Soft cast ally by the looks of it but there are 4 holes for 2 bolts (almost like Skywatcher knew 😂) and refitting the motor worm assembly is tedious to get backlash adjusted .
Can't wait to try it out.
Ps the new bearing wouldn't quite fit til I put the mount in the oven @ 80 degrees and the bearing in the freezer for 5 minutes.