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I got a new HEQ5PRO mount last week and as expected have a few issues.
I have read and re read the manuals.
So I get that my position on earth will change the angle at which I am viewing Polaris.
51.5 degrees according to my GPS.
So I set the dial on the side to 51.5.
I see the polar scope and remove the end cap from the mount and the black plastic plug from the body, so with the counterweight shaft fully extended I can see all the way through. GREAT!
I am expecting to look through this polar scope and if it is aligned to polaris and I have adjusted the left and right azimuth bolts so that we rotate around said star all is peachy?
My mount is only a week old. It has arrived with an updated reticle and not as in the manual.
There is an addendum referring to this and the dates have been marked where Polaris will be for years to come.
When I look through the polar scope it is illuminated bright orange, I am not looking through and seeing Polaris so here I am stumped.
What exactly am I supposed to be aligning and what was the point of looking right through the shaft if I am not?
Does anybody have the latest version of this mount that can advise?
Am I supposed to have the power on? maybe with power off the reticule is not illuminated?
To be fair the manual is pants and does not explain at all well what is needed.
Answers on a postcard please.........
Celestron C8 XLT + extras and SkyWatcher Star Travel 80 (ST80)
I have a Celestron C8 with XLT Starbrite coatings. Will include the full length base plate, both visual and imaging backs, scope rings, front 8" end cap and the finder scope with it. No box I'm afraid. Optics are good and clean, focal length is huge - 2300mm from memory. This lot would cost close to £1300 new and one with less spec went for £750 on fleabay recently. Might be interested in a part exchange or will let it go for £450 collection only.
Also, I have a SkyWatcher Star Traveler 80 - good optics, used as a guide scope - just the scope itself (does not include the barlow in the photo) - now including dovetail bar and scope rings looking at around £50 for it.
I have decided to save up for another refractor, WO, Equinox or even toward an Esprit. However, I would also consider p/ex for an Intel NUC and/or Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox.
Please excuse some of the colours - I used my astro modded 6D which was in the observatory so the "nice" purple is actually black !!
Both these are collection only.
As title. Not the best to look at cosmetically but in good working order.
Mount has upgraded latitude bolts.
Will throw in the following:
Sky-Watcher power supply
HiteCastro DC focus controller
EQDIR cable to control mount from laptop
Long UK plug mains power cable
Lovely Lords Cricket bag
Based in Kent near Maidstone.
By Adam J
Here we have a clone of an ST80 branded as Helios, 80mm Achromatic F5 objective. (OTA only)
Its not in the best condition. Numerous shallow scratches to the outer surface of the primary being the main issue.
However, my assessment is that its not quite ready for the great telescope graveyard in the sky yet.
The scratches of course will not be resolved when in focus and so it will still work as a guide scope or perhaps something to let younger children loose on without fear of what they might do to your ED triplet.
Its mechanically sound in terms of the body / focuser / tube rings, so perhaps someone can make me an offer on those components for spare parts?
For the whole thing I would be looking for 30 pounds to make it worth posting it realistically, I think that the tube rings / focuser together are worth that as spares parts to someone regardless of the objective.
If you are willing to pick it up from Lincoln then a token amount would be accepted so make me an offer.
By LR Watanabe
I cannot emphasise enough my current feeling of happiness. For weeks on end, I've been looking for a seller in Japan that offers the HEQ5, but the effort was futile.
Until now, that is.
FLO (First Light Optics) ships to Japan! They really do! (Well, I will have to add 200£ to the mix, though). What makes matters better is that by the end of the year, I'll be able to afford the HEQ5, a good (F4) guide scope, a autoguiding camera, AND possibly a Coma Corrector!
But then again, I'm thwarted by a question my beginner brain cannot answer. Assuming I have the HEQ5 perfectly Polar Aligned (Sharpcap Pro FTW) and I've balanced correctly (that biasing rubbish), what kind of subs will I be expecting with roughly 7-8 kg on the HEQ5 total?