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Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO Go-To Astronomy Mount
With all accessories - as new February 2020
HEQ5 Mount Head
1.75" Stainless Steel Tripod
2x 5kg Counterweights
SynScan Handset & Cable
12v Cigarette DC Power Cable
Vixen-Style Medium Dovetail Bar
Price £690 - buyer collects Hampshire
By Tenor Viol
I am currently waiting for a nice shiny 100mm refractor to arrive... to put on my new HEQ5 PRO.
Meanwhile, lurking in the garage in a case that hasn't been opened in over 20 years is a 40 years old this year Celestron C8 - the original fork mounted type in orange.... I'm suspecting that in order to get say a long dovetail plate to fit to it will require some modifications? At 2,000mm f/10 it will be good for lunar and Jupiter and Saturn.
Has anyone any experience of doing this with the old style C8? It's fair to say I either lack the requisite skills or equipment to do anything more complex than screw/bolt things together, is if it is more than that, suggestions as to who could carry out any necessary modifications would be welcome. I realise DEC balance will be an issue on a GEM with an SCT...
(In case you're wondering... back in 1980 when I bought it, there were no such things as dew straps, or much of anything else and I just found it not easy to use, eyepieces were ferociously expensive and I was a lowly bank clerk at the time, then I bought a house....).
Hi All, wondered if you could help me make sense of this ... new HEQ5 - belt modded by FLO, all feels good, minuscule backlash but strange guiding.
Admittedly first time using it but baffled.
Failed calibration see image below and guiding seemed to be Ra and Dec following each other.
Stars look ok ish (@ 1500 mm )
Needle galaxy is poor as only about 10 mins each in RGB
note - it was hazy and did keep losing star in OAG
Thanks for looking
Hi guys, new to SG lounge and new to the hobby. I have just bought my first EQ Mount (Used 2018 model HEQ5 pro, belt modded).
I hate to be the newbie to ask questions about polar alignment, but I have what I hope to be a relatively simple question to answer, yet have had no luck with the search bar.
When my mount is in the home position (counterweight bar down) and tripod north my polar scope reticle is orientated as per the attached photograph (photo 1). When I was reading prior to getting the mount I had simply assumed that the reticle would be oriented with 0 being directly at the top and 6 at the bottom when in home position. As this is not the case, my question regards what I do during the process of polar alignment.
Do I rotate the R.A. so that 0 is at the top and 6 is at the bottom and then place Polaris in the relevant position as per my iOS polar alignment app (photo 2) or do I need to somehow rotate the reticle within the polar scope such that the reticle is orientated vertically in the home position?
Are the date and time dials on the mount itself obsolete now that we have the privilege of apps that do the work for us?
Apologies if this is a basic question that has been covered before.