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I'm looking at acquiring my first goto mount and have decided on the Sky-Watcher EQ5 PRO Go-To. Stock seems to be low everywhere at the moment so I'm keeping my eyes peeled.
I have a few questions regarding alignment.
Although I will be taking the mount "out-and-about" I will mostly be using the EQ5 on my balcony at home; this will make alignment with polaris impossible. I'm relived to see the EQ5 allowas bright star alignment (with the scope beginning at north) which is great for the location.
My question is; am I able to choose which bright stars the mount will align with? for example, if the mount asks me to confirm the position of a star I cant see at all from the balcony, can I choose stars that are visible from my side of the building?
I'm very new to astrophotography and would like to be prepared before splashing out!
Hello and thanks for the add.
I have recently acquired a TAK FC100DL (from the first production run, with the black focuser) that I have so far used only for visual with an occasional attempt at Lunar photography with a DSLR (canon 6D). The views are superb and I’ve been toying with the idea of trying it Out on deep sky objects (with the DSLR) by adding a focal reducer. However from what I can establish, the matched focal reducer for this scope is the TAK FC-35 which Carries a pretty hefty price tag.
Has anyone tried this combination? Or able to offer advice on wether its worth the expense.
COMPLETED - SOLD: Takahashi FSQ-85ED Telescope with FeatherTouch 3.0" Focuser (+ Original Focuser), Tube Holder and Dovetail Bar, Adapters and Carry BagBy Gib007
ITEM NOW SOLD
My personal Takahashi FSQ-85ED telescope is for sale, with a FeatherTouch 3.0" Focuser (~37mm travel) fitted. It's packed in a Geoptik Carry Bag alongside the telescope's original focuser and a bunch of Takahashi adapters to mount many types of camera to it. I used to use the included Takahashi CA-35 adapter ring along with the included adapter to M42 to mount my CCD camera directly into the FeatherTouch focuser. You may also use M42 spacer rings if you need extra distance. The included FeatherTouch focuser is significantly more performant and stable than the focuser that originally comes with the telescope, hence the upgrade I made to it, having had a couple of issues with the original focuser. The telescope is ready to be mounted, with its original Takahashi tube holder and Losmandy dovetail bar.
The telescope is in pristine condition except for a few scrapes on the outer side of the integrated dew shield, made by the motorised telescope cover metallic strap (the telescope has never been dropped or banged against anything). These scrapes are shown closely on the last photo attached below. The telescope has not been moved around much at all and has instead been placed in a remote observatory on a permanent pier in Spain for about two years straight. It is able to produce stunning astrophotographs of deep space. You may see some of my results here:
The new price for this telescope with the included accessories is just over £3,900 at present. Thank you for looking. Any questions or offers are welcome.
I went to my family house in the countryside and was able to take some pictures during xmas eve.
Total exposure: 6h
H_Alpha: ~3h (730x15s) --> R, G
Oxigen III: ~3h (710x15s) --> B, G
I didn't have a view on Polaris and could not spend too much time drift aligning (it was xmas eve after all :D) hence the short exposures. Moreover I dont have the proper connection rings to put my flattener on my mono camera so all stars off center are a mess :_(.
I've just blown all my pocket money on a Rowan belted HEQ5 Pro, so it's time to move on my trusty EQ5 GOTO, before my wife spots 2 tripods in my shed 😉
I'm sure everyone knows these mounts, but just to say that it's in full working order, with just the usual wear marks here and there, and a few marker pen lines for Home and counterweight positions.
Comes with 12V power lead and car cigarette plug, and sync lead with USB adapter to let you upgrade the firmware on the Synscan handset. It's currently at 4.39.05, which was the latest version a couple of months ago. There are 2 x 5kg counterweights as well.
I still have the boxes for my HEQ5, so I can courier it within mainland UK included in the price. If you live elsewhere, we can work out a price.
Yours for a sensible £350 - a new one will cost you around £575 from most of the usual retailers. Paypal Gift or Bank Transfer most welcome
Thanks for looking