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Mounting AZ-GTi on iOptron Skytracker for EQ mode?


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Recently bought an AZ-GTi, primary for visual use but also exploring photography. I realise that in AZ mode I am limited to relatively short exposures due to field rotation but I have an old Skytracker mount and wonder whether mounting the AZ-GTi on it and switching to EQ mode would be worth a try?

The main concern I have is that I will have to remove the Skytracker polar scope after initial alignment as it would foul the AZ-GTi in use. Mounted on a Manfrotto 055 tripod there may be a risk of losing accurate polar alignment so is the whole idea a waste of time?

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Well, I have asked the same question here but with Fornax and the GTI. Good to see that you have the same question. I have not purchased the GTI yet, but I think I will try. To to get away from the polar scope you can mount some kind of spacer with a little hight on the Skytracker and then mount the GTI.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1044142-REG/cambo_99211106_compact_camera_tripod_mount_riser.html

Ridgidness  is a factor when you do mount two things together, be sure that everything is a tight fit.

The waste of time is not to do it in my opinion. 

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15 hours ago, Tomvictor said:

Well, I have asked the same question here but with Fornax and the GTI. Good to see that you have the same question. I have not purchased the GTI yet, but I think I will try. To to get away from the polar scope you can mount some kind of spacer with a little hight on the Skytracker and then mount the GTI.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1044142-REG/cambo_99211106_compact_camera_tripod_mount_riser.html

Ridgidness  is a factor when you do mount two things together, be sure that everything is a tight fit.

The waste of time is not to do it in my opinion. 

Thanks for that. The riser might just do enough.

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On 08/08/2018 at 09:43, hedwri said:

Recently bought an AZ-GTi, primary for visual use but also exploring photography. I realise that in AZ mode I am limited to relatively short exposures due to field rotation but I have an old Skytracker mount and wonder whether mounting the AZ-GTi on it and switching to EQ mode would be worth a try?

The main concern I have is that I will have to remove the Skytracker polar scope after initial alignment as it would foul the AZ-GTi in use. Mounted on a Manfrotto 055 tripod there may be a risk of losing accurate polar alignment so is the whole idea a waste of time?

7D2F1522-B1E6-4AC5-9793-B2E5B4BE3DDB.jpeg

Did you ever get this to work.

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