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I have an unused William Optics 50mm Slide-base Uniguide scope with 1.25" Rotolock. Excellent condition..
£85.00 + Postage + PP Fees
After a long think I spent my money on a mount rather than a big Dob.
Mainy a visual observer I do have a a DSLR and realise I might be seduced by the photographic side. I decided on an AZ EQ mount for flexibility abd dithered between the 5 and the 6 Skywatcher offerings.
I'm no spring chicken at 73 so was a bit worried about the weight.
Availability was a huge issue and when I sourced an Azeq6 Pro I ordered it.
Two big boxes arrived and I set about putting the mount onto the hefty tripod. BIG AND HEAVY.
It sat in the dinning room as I pondered it's weight vs my age.
It's a lovely well made mount and it just kept whispering to me "keep me".
It made tha short journey to the garage to meet its family of tripods and astro stuff and I started building.
I just love it.
A planet killer and wider views available in seconds and the flexibility to rejig if the astro bug really bites.
With regard to weight, with the scopes pointing streight up I can pick up the mount and move it 10 yards or so.
Just make sure everything is tight before trying that.
I tried the mount with the Skywatcher WiFi dongle and it was very smooth and quiet..
Looking forward to lots of use with this rig.
As for appature fever..... Well if the right 12" Newt turns up I have a mount that will handle it..... Now where's my credit card.....
So just today i got my new EQ3 mount and tripod delivered.
Brought it out, balanced it leveled it etc etc.
So i polar aligned it, and selected 2 Star Alignment.
1st star to align to: Betelgeuse.
As soon as i hit confirm align the motors kick in but as soon as the mount starts to rotate the motors stop and the hand controller resets itself immediatly and starts initializing all over again.
I discovered that moving Ra on its own works just fine as does moving Dec on its own but whenever i press for example the left and Up arrows at the same time the mount stops and the hand controller resets.
Could this just be a problem with power draw? The Synpro box takes 12V DC and is supplied by a 12V DC car outlet type power source. However i changed this to a 3 Pin UK 12V 1A DC & AC plug.
Im hoping the power supply is the issue and not something else.