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By Michael Hogan
I have decided to sell my Cem-120 mount as i got a second hand AP 1100 GTO from my friend who got a new AP 1600 with encoders
its just under a year old bought from Altair Astro so still under two year warranty is in mint cont i couldn't miss the opportunity to get
AP 1100 GTO and let it go still waiting for pier plate for mount.
So theirs no point in keeping two large mounts after i got my dream final mount buyer will pay shipping price is 2350 pounds.
Altair Astro price without Ipolar Camera is 3250 pounds without Ipolar Camera which is 200 pounds total 3450 pounds
I have a mint condition HEQ5 tripod for sale. 3/8" thread mounting bolt, spreader bar, 1.75" diameter legs. Its never been used (I got it as part of an overall package, but I already have a Berlebach I use). Still with the original polystyrene at the ends in the box it came in. These sell for GBP109 new. Happy to sell it for GBP70 plus postage (which in the UK via hermes should be about GBP9) or to hand over boxed in person (London).
I'm new on SGL so don't have ratings here, but I do have 100% ratings on eBay. Figured I would offer it on SGL first as I enjoy the community. If no takers, then will offer it on other sites.
***** REDUCED to GBP 70 + p&p as I have a ZWO I need to pay for *****
I was hesitant to write this earlier, but I wanted to try all possible ways to get my new SkyWatcher 250P GOTO allgined, but to no avail.
I have followed the instruction manuals of both the synscan and SW, and managed to get the message "alignment successful" multiple times on the handset or the app. The closest I got when I tried to dial a different star was a 20 to 25 degrees off on the azimth axis. Most times it's off by a margin on both axes.
I have tried aligning around 30 times on more than 5 diffrenet occasions, different locations as well. I end up ignoring the thing and switch to navigating manually as the eager friends want to observe instantly, but we ran out of objectes and the planets are not close anymore, so I figured it's time to get deeper DSO's and sort out the GOTO.
Here is what I do:
• I level the scope to the zero reading on top of the base
• I make sure the base is level with a spirit level I bought recently
• I point the scope northish, but latley I bought compass to pinpoint north
• I plug all equipments in and then switch on the power from a lead acid battery
• I enter the date ( US fromat, month before day 😕 )
• enter correct time zone obviously
• the coordinates in the format of E 000 00 , N 00 00
• As for elevation I use "my elevation" app, not sure if it's accurate. Does this entry have to be that accurate?
• I tried both brightest star and the 2 star align methods on the handset (which seems to be the same thing apart from the brightest method having an extra menu asking for which direction you are pointing at)
I even used the synscan app and the synscan pro, and tried the 3 star align method. The app uses location and enters all data automatically
•I use the top and right arrows as the last press before centring the star in the eyepiece as recommended by the manual
These are the steps I follow when I align , is there anythung I missed? Your kind help is much appreciated.
Update: issue solved, check the reply in the second page
Newbie , bought a skywatcher Capricorn ( around £100) but still unopened as I have some unexpected money and wonder what to do .
options I see are ;
Use the Capricorn and get to know the sky and how to align the eq mount. Move on if I get the bug , maybe get a couple of better eyepieces.
Return for refund and choose one of;
Use my approx £350 budget to get a 90+ aperture scope .
Blow the budget on an entry level GOTO scope , don’t bother learning stuff but just observe.
What would you do ? To be honest I think the learning thing is part of the fun but GOTO scopes seem to be the ‘in’ thong
Sooo...I'm getting quote frustrated here. This spring I tested my HEQ5 with guiding. The synscan controller was connected to the computer trough the USB plug on the hand controller. This worked like a charm in my living room. On the new controllers you dont need the rs cable. But when I tried the whole thing with guide cameara for some live shooting, it just did not work. I get something wrong with the com port in decice manager, driver not working. I have tried 3 different drivers. The whole thing responded, connected and was guiding when i did a dummy test before the summer. So setup is pc-synscan via usb for pulse guiding. Can it be a problem with windows 10? What t h.... just happened? Where can I find a driver that works? And believe me it worked 5 months ago, argh. Thanks for any respons and support