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I had a plan, very simply my HEQ5 was at it's payload limit so needed to upgrade. Part of the upgrade would naturally mean parting with the HEQ5 to regain some much needed cash (Bought this as my Christmas Present now Boiler playing up and really needs replacing not repairing yet again).
I received my CEM60 with Tri-Pier from FLO as usual within just over 24 hours and had a play with it and love it.
So time came today to dismantle my old friend and put it up for sale in the usual places.
BUT, I cannot believe how sad I felt when dismantling it 😞 . I feel such a silly so and so but I feel sort of some attachment to this inanimate object. Only had it just over 2 years but have replaced all the bearings (even though when I striped it down I do not think they were required), added the Rowan Belt modification, spent ages tweaking the backlash out of it the best I could, and when I needed a Losmandy saddle upgraded the original saddle to a dual load saddle.
Now although sense tells me to sell it as planned I am now wondering whether to keep it in case I ever start to do some imaging other than on my patio. It seems to make no senseas I will probably not use very often but I am a bit of a hoarder anyway and really struggle to part with anything I think will be useful one day (my garage is testimony to this fact 🙂 ).
I guess the sensible thing is at some stage getting a more light-weight tripod for the CEM60 as the weight difference is not that much to make the HEQ5 any better then the CEM60 for travelling and keeping two setups on APT for each mount may lead to mistakes being made.
just received this mount today and mounted my scope and accessories, as i was trying to get everything balanced i immediately noticed the RA and DEC aren't smooth at all even at almost full load (see pic) , not handy for balancing i would say.
Other than that everything seems Ok, the motors do make a short cracking sound wen start and stop slewing, but that's normal i guess, it's not belt driven so..
Got it running via EQMOD too so HC remains in its package.
Maybe a little point of criticism, SW should have made the motor cables more flexible.
Also strange that the counterweight shaft of this tiny mount is 20mm and the shaft on my EQ6R is 18mm.
I need to check if my EQ6 polemaster adapter fits this mount, let's hope so.
If anyone has this mount to i'd like too hear if RA and DEC are also not smooth and if a fix is possible.
Has anyone used the celestron lithium powertank (the small one, not the pro version) with a skywatcher HEQ5?
It looks like it should be perfect but that is coming from someone who is relatively clueless
From the skywatcher specs, it looks like the mount needs 2 amps of current, and the powertank supplies 3, so that should be good?
It also looks like the power cable is a double-ended tip-positive 2.1 mm plug, so i assume that even though it doesn't have one of those 12V car battery inputs, it shouldn't matter right?
(just to save people some time, i'm not going to bother with a lead battery / leisure battery / jump-start pack / etc)
COMPLETED - Sky-watcher eco star 72ED with celestron x-cel eyepiece. Diagonal and ax-eq avant tripodBy I-d-b
Sky-watcher eco star 72ED with celestron x-cel eyepiece. Diagonal and ax-eq avant tripod
for sale in Worthing.
yesterday i've raided the piggy bank and pulled the trigger on some gear, so the waiting game is on 😏
FLO order (you're welcome) Esprit 120 without te ES Reid test (contacted FLO, there's no test report delivered afterwards so 🤔) SW flattener for the scope A larger Bahtinov mask (my current one is too small for the 165mm dew shield) A Baader Click Lock for the Esprit 120 A Baader finder shoe (i've read somewhere the standard one isn't that good)
TS Optics order APM 330mm Losmandy plate (will mount this one to the bottom and the green one on top) Dew tape 160-200 TS 0,75 APO reducer/corrector Variable M48 spacer (17-23mm) for getting to 75mm backfocus with the SW flattener Some M48 spacers TS has already shipped, FLO hasn't, don't know why, i've made sure everything was in stock and i've paid triple shipping cost for Express.
Anyhow i'm sure i'll get my toys by Wednesday.
I've doubted on witch reducer to get, i've read good things on the Explore Scientific 3" 0.7 reducer, but that one needed quite some expensive adaptor rings for the same starting price of the TS reducer.
Does anybody have experience with the 120 + TS reducer ?