Heaviest Loads on HEQ5Pro
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:02 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:10 PM
I routinely take planetary images with my MN61 on my Sirius HEQ5. I also use an extended cw bar from Criterion Machining so that I can balance everything with an 11lb cw. So total weight is around 32lbs +.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:15 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:23 PM
Ive been using my old Phillips TouCam Pro II usually with either a TV 5x powermate or UO 2.8x barlow...depending upon seeing.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:37 PM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:19 PM
For planetary imaging my HEQ5 handles the load fine...great tracking and no problems imaging at 5-10fps, which btw is the highest frame rate my cam will go. I think the key is good balancing.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:14 AM
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:16 AM
With the dslr, 5 minute subs were routine. With the ccd when doing narrow band, 15 minutes was routine. Throw away exposures were rare, normally due to wind, or folks walking on the wooden deck. As for visual use, I have no clue, I dont think we have ever put an eyepiece in a telescope on that mount.
My overall comments on the mount, which I do repeat for folks that are looking at buying starter equipment. The HEQ5-Pro is the best bang for the buck in mounts. We used it side by side with the EQ6 for years in our 'his and hers' mobile astro setup. We had the C8 on the EQ6, but I wouldn't hesitate to put it on the HEQ5 either, and if we were starting over with those telescopes today, we would have two HEQ5-Pro. It is MUCH easier to set up than the EQ6.
We used the HEQ5 + EQ6 pair for years, they have been to star parties ranging from northern california, out to saskatchewan. They spent months at a time set up on our back deck, under the 365 cover system. The HEQ5 has never given us a problem. We would continue to use it, except for one detail, 'her' telescope got upgraded this winter, and the TOA-130 is to big for the mount, so it went on the EQ6. If I had stuck with the C8, it would go on the HEQ5, but I went to a 12 inch RC, and that came with a tak njp. So, the HEQ5 is now in our surplus astronomy bits pile, not because we had problems with it, but we outgrew it.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:24 AM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:15 PM
i stripped down the mount and regreased it, also i meshed the gears as best as possible, also at the nut that holds the Dec axis beneath the vixen puck i used some locktight since i noticed that it gets loose and ads flexure to the mount,i placed an adm dual saddle to eliminate flexure from the standard vixen puck and i soldered a permanent power supply cable so that i won't have any surprises from bad power supply connections (http://www.astrovox....pic.php?t=15921 my mount is at the last photos of the topic).
Pretty cool mod you got there
Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:49 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:10 PM
Edit: I have this mount for more than 4 years now and did not make any modifications on it. It is stock and always worked correctly even at -13 degrees celsius in the winter.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:05 PM