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#1 UniversalMaster

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:21 AM

Hi!

Is it possible to autoguide the Tak Teegul Sky Patrol II mount?

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:03 PM

There's no mention of it on the European website for the SPIII, http://www.takahashi...m/en/TG-SP3.php so probably not - I'd guess they'd be unlikely to take features out between models.

If you're looking for something roughly similar, the Kenko sky memo mount does have an autoguidable add on option.
http://www.sciencece...ymemo/index.htm
(The autoguider support bit is an add-on that adds a dec axis drive and runs off 12V not 6V)

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:28 PM

Thanks, Ill stay away from it then :D

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:59 PM

Hi!

Is it possible to autoguide the Tak Teegul Sky Patrol II mount?

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Nope. At least, not as a standard option. Since there is a hand controller, it might be possible to build something custom, but the mount is not really intended as a photographic platform for anything beyond a normal camera and lens.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:16 PM

Thanks again! I see you have the combo I would be using, SV80S+Teegul, so I take your word for it :D

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:59 PM

Thanks again! I see you have the combo I would be using, SV80S+Teegul, so I take your word for it :D

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It's a great combo for visual use--you get a tracking mount that is extremely light and portable--but it's just not made for astrophotography.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:23 PM

Did you ever consider the Astro Trac for AP with the SV80S?

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:14 AM

No, I never did. Frankly, I have never tried astrophotography with anything lighter weight than a CG5. Since then, I have moved progressively to bigger and heavier mounts for that purpose. The Astro Trac has a good reputation, though, so it may work very well. My light weight mount--the Tak--is just for grab 'n' go purposes/portability. All my imaging is done with an AP Mach1 now.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:02 PM

> All my imaging is done with an AP Mach1 now.

Yeah, why settle for anything less :jawdrop: That is one impressive mount!

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 07:49 PM

You would be amazed: first: the skypatrol did a fine job with my sky90 (use the battery pack as an extra counterweight!) and most 2 or 3 minute images were fine to be stacked. (at focal length of 400-500 mm and a MX7C ccd).
Guiding IS possible but only on the hour-axe, which should be sufficient btw).
But why doing guiding? i think for focal length over 600mm the weight of your scope will be too much, but for a FC60, a 85 or 90 mm scope, it is wonderfull! And at those short focals, imaging with 3 minute images stacked is a good option. The skypatrol is extremely easy to transport, as it comes down in small pieces.

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Tim

(skypatrol, EM200, NTM500, 6"APO fluorite bino, LZOS7"APO and better soon.)

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 02:15 PM

Tim,

The Sky Patrol does look quite nice but what additional accys do you need to get it to work ? Does it require a special adapter to get it to mount to something like a Bogen HD tripod ? And do you need to buy a polar scope for it in order to get good polar alignmnet for astro-photos or do you just use the star drift technique ?

Thanks,

Sam






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