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By Martin AB Cohen
After trying and failing some time ago to find a video tutorial on how to strip-down my Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro mount, clean all the bearings and gears, re-grease them, and put it all back together again, I eventually learned how to do this from various other online resources and have now created my own video tutorial. For those of you with a Skywatcher HEQ5 or HEQ5 Pro mount, or indeed an Orion Sirius EQ-G mount (which is the same mechanically), this video can help you to keep you mount running smoothly through regular DIY servicing (~every 2 years). I hope you find it useful. Here is the link...
Hello everybody. My last imaging session left odd looking star trials in my photos, almost like a clockwise motion. My polar alignment and balance were good, so I am not sure why this issue is occuring. Below is an attached video of me scrolling through my subs. Any help/ advice would be greatly appreciated!
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO Go-To Astronomy Mount
With all accessories - as new February 2020
HEQ5 Mount Head
1.75" Stainless Steel Tripod
2x 5kg Counterweights
SynScan Handset & Cable
12v Cigarette DC Power Cable
Vixen-Style Medium Dovetail Bar
Price £690 - buyer collects Hampshire
Hello - I like my new eq6 -r mount except that images I take over 30 seconds show star trails and does not track very well. I would think that a heavy duty mount in this price range would perform better. My OTA is the Explore Scientific 208mm f/3.9 Carbon Fiber Reflector Astrograph and my imaging camera is a Touptek G3 1600KPA. My mount has a computer port on the mount that I connect directly to my computer. The interface is through ASCOM and EQMOD. The program I use for control is Astrophotography Tool. My normal routine is leveling the tripod, balancing the mount, polar alignment using iOptron iPolar Electronic Polar scope, find a star to focus, goto an object and photograph it.
Has anyone experienced this problem? Any suggestions on improving the tracking.
I would really appreciate any suggestions. Should I send it to skywatcher for repair?