iOptron SmartEQ Pro Mount w/ Which Scope...
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:16 AM
- An iOptron SmartEQ Pro mount (payload capacity of 11 lbs.)
- One of the following three small refractors:
1) William Optics ZenithStar 71 ED, f/5.9, 6 lbs.
2) Astro-Tech AT72ED, f/6, 5 lbs.
3) Stellarvue SV 70ED, f/6, 4.75 lbs.
Package will be used for casual observing, and wide-field AP with a Canon DSLR. Any opinions on which scope of the three would perform best? Any advice is appreciated!
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:56 AM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:29 AM
Did you do AP with it?
George, here's a test image taken off a SmartEQ Pro,
Test Shot of IC1396 w/60mm Borg by Astronewb2011, on Flickr
Used a 60ED Borg with a .7 reducer, 60 and 120 second exposures under a bright moon with a Nikon D5100. Guided with a 50mm/SSAG. Hope the info helps.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:20 PM
And, Welcome to Cloudy Night's Forums!
Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:55 PM
Looks really encouraging! I have asked my wife to put the Pro on the Christmas list along with the SV70.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:52 AM
Did you end up getting it? Paul, I was thinking about an iEQ Pro as a portable mount for traveling... Can you estimate the total weight you're putting on it with your rig? Great picture!
Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:02 AM
I did get it. But I need to spend more time with it as my gotos were way off. I did slap just a DSLR on it and at 85 mm easily got 4 min subs with good tracking. I need to get this sorted out befor trying autoguiding.