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So after ordering my Asiair Pro and waiting a month for it to come I’ve made the schoolboy error of not understanding how to connecting it up successfully and now I’m left wondering what I need.
after 40 minutes trying to polar align I finally got the first plate solve! Then nothing from the mount..... I believe I need a cable to connect the hand controller to the asiair pro. But I can’t find anywhere which one is best to get!
Im unsure if I can just use a usb a to usb b cable or if I need a serial to usb or what. Hopefully someone can help!
With ongoing issues related to slewing in the EQ3 pro it's quite clear that there is some significant backlash.
I understand there is a way to repair this myself; does anyone have details of guide for the EQ3 pro to reduce the backlash?
I also understand that the lubricant is important to reduce backlash. Can anyone make any recommendations here too?
Since I live in a flat I do most of my imaging from my balcony... I purposely choose a top floor because of my astrophotography passion in order to have a decent field of view, but my balcony has walls on one side and on top.
So I decided to bring to Stellarium my own landscape and my FOV so I can know exactly which targets are on sight and at what time.
I have done some reading and watch videos but I still have a couple of questions before I begin and hopefully some people from here could help!
a) how should I take my photo... Me standing straight levelled with horizon or placing my camera on a tripod and place it like a telescope looking up in the sky towards North?
b) the famous cardinal points and the line angle_rotatez= in the ini file... Is there a secret of finding this number easy in order to match cardinal points to my photo or the only way is by trial and error....?
Thanks for reading
By Colin Bourchier
Hope you are all well.
Trying to set up my new telescope and mount. I have a EQ3 Pro - Synscan. I have a wall plug that provides 12v 3A 36W. Will this be enough to run the slewing and synscan system with hand control connected?
Thanks in advance for any help on this. Can't wait to star getting some good pics.
I was fortunate enough to acquire an EQ3 pro with SynScan second hand from FLO last week week which arrived Friday.
I've also bought a 12v power adapter that let's me plug it into the mains which means I've had my first play around this evening.
I'm struggling a bit with polar alignment as I don't have a view of Polaris from my balcony.
I'm able to level the mount well but I can't get a decent app on android that gives an estimate of Polaris without being able to see the star directly in the polar scope. I've got Star Walk 2 which tells me polaris is 51° in altitude, am I right in thinking this is what I set altitude to on the mount (with North being as accurate as possible).
I know I'm out by quite a bit as I set "view object" to Mars before it slipped behind the clouds and, although in the right direction, was off by many degrees.
I've been told that drift alignment works well without being in view of Polaris but can't see any guides online without proper PA initially so I'm a little stuck!
I've also been told that, once properly PA'd I can mark the position of the tripod and leave the mount altitude settings as they are for future use. It's this the case with drift alignment too?
I should mention that I'm interested in astrophotography so I'm aware that PA needs to be spot on. Although my current alignment is good enough even for observing!