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Hi all

I've got a meade polaris 70/900 on an eq1mount  and have been shopping around for an eq1 motor.

Using my new found knowledge (thanks everyone!) that many scopes and mounts and accessories can be traced back to a common design or even manufacturing source; I'm wondering whether this applies to eq1 motors.

For example:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331883519199 - this is the one adverstised by meade for my scope.

but...

https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skywatcher-ra-single-axis-economy-motor-drive-eq1.html - looks more or less identical and is less expensive.

Is it worth taking the risk? I guess the internals could be different but it really does look exactly the same.

Many thanks all.

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I would not think there's any risk with buying from a dedicated astro supplier like RVO. But why not ring and check the RVO one is compatible with your mount first to make sure rather than assume it might be?

Edited by happy-kat

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can't say if they're the same but no harm in asking RVO as they'll likely know the answer...

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I have one I bought from TS for my old EQ1 mount and a 90mm Mak. From what I seen they are all pretty much the same and likely from the same manufacturer.

They do work and track quite well. I'd get the RVO one at that price. Shop around.

https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p394_Skywatcher-Tracking-Motor-for-EQ-1.html

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Yes mine says celestron but cane with 2 different mount plates in case the mount is slightly different.

Mine fits eq2 and eq4 there is one for the eq2 

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