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#1 AlienRatDog

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 01:36 PM

Hi there, what drives are available for manual Skywatcher EQ mounts (CG5 type)...found a good deal locally but want at least an RA drive...

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 03:34 PM

Single and duals are available at quite a few different places. Skywatcher, Orion, Hands on Optics...

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:58 AM

Would the drive system for the skyview pro mount fit?

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:31 AM

Would the drive system for the skyview pro mount fit?


I am not sure, I think the SkyView Pro is not exactly a CG-5 clone. Anyway, for visual, I think single axis drive is attractive. These stepper motor drives generally are slow at slewing and have a fair amount of slop in the gear train so that using the Dec (and RA axis) to center an object can be pretty frustrating. A manual slow motion control on the dec axis is quicker and more reliable IME.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:11 AM

Agreed, I have a dual-axis Vixen drive (DD-1 and two MT-1's) but I tend to use the manual slow motion on the DEC axis on my Great Polaris.

However... the dual-axis drive is useful because I can autoguide the mount, something you can't do if you have only a single-axis drive.


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