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Choosing a GoTo mount


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3 hours ago, Cosmic Geoff said:

Do you intend to do any deep-space imaging? If you do, you need to choose the mount with that purpose in mind.

If you do not, be aware that the technique (lucky imaging with video) used for planetary imaging is highly tolerant of mount vibration, drift, etc, so the same kind of mount used for visual observation can be used. It does not even have to be an equatorial, as the individual exposures are very short. This could result in a significant economy...

I managed to obtain some satisfactory planetary images using a Celestron SLT light duty alt-azimuth GoTo mount and a Celestron 127mm Mak, similar to yours.

It is also perfectly possible to perform planetary imaging with a driven equatorial, non-GoTo mount.

Eventually I do plan to do some deep-sky imaging, that's why I'd rather buy a GoTo than stick to untracked. Even tho it's unnecessary for now, it's still a welcome feature and in the future I wouldn't need to buy a new mount

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On 15/11/2021 at 13:13, malc-c said:

Well having owned an EQ5 (goto) they are indeed a nice capable mount.  It worked well with my Celestron 127 MAK, but wasn't that stable with the 200P on board when it came to imaging. The 200p acted like a sail and caught anything but the lightest of breeze.

I was looking for the image of this setup, but couldn't find it at the time.

 

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Excellent planetary combo IMO.

 

 

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1 hour ago, malc-c said:

I was looking for the image of this setup, but couldn't find it at the time.

 

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Excellent planetary combo IMO.

 

 

Nice setup, this is the kind of thing I have in mind but it's going to take a while to get everything

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