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Telescope hit the tripod during night astrosession

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Last time I setup my astrophotography equipment in order to capture a target during the night while I was sleeping.

In the morning I woke up I saw to my frustration the telescope had hit the tripod legs. The route cause of this problem was that the system did not perform a meridian flip during the night.


My setup consists of

Skywatcher HEQ5 Synscan pro mount

Vixen VC200L telescope

SBIG ST2000XM ccd camera


I did the following

Launch ACP Observatory Control software

Connect to CCD camera

Connect to HEQ5 mount via ASCOM EQMOD

Start session


I would like to ask anybody who has experience with ACP + EQMOD what settings I need to configure in ACP and EQMOD in order to have meridian flip performed successfully and have a nice sleep during the night while the system takes astroimages on its own.


Thank you


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I don't know ACP, I use SGPro & it does it automatically, but there are settings in EQMod, under mount limits, where you can enable auto meridian flip...


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Not sure about all the technical stuff but I bought an extension for between the tripod and the mount. No leg knocking now!! ? _20180809_192400.thumb.JPG.13a8ef09f97008c70cd61cee6318feb7.JPG

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