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#1 Whirlpool51

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 02:57 AM

I recently bought an Acuter Merlin Multifunction Mount.
The mount is very good. However. It doesn't have goto, only a four button hand controller.

Can anybody tell me please. Can I Upgrade the HC and replace this with a Synscan AZ GOTO Handset?

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:53 AM

I recently bought an Acuter Merlin Multifunction Mount.
The mount is very good. However. It doesn't have goto, only a four button hand controller.

Can anybody tell me please. Can I Upgrade the HC and replace this with a Synscan AZ GOTO Handset?


Some non-goto mounts cannot be upgraded with goto unless the motors are also upgraded, but it depends on the mount. If the mount can slew quickly with the four-button controller, then it is more likely that it would not need new motors if a goto upgrade is possible. While this mount appears similar to so other recent offerings, I'm not sure if it is the same or not and it may be difficult to find someone who has attempted any kind of conversion on it. Have you asked the company about the possibility?

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:23 AM

It would appear the Acuter Merlin Multifunction Mount can be controlled by a Skywatcher Synscan hand controller with Goto function. But I would advise you to first check with the supplier to verify if such is compatible with your particular model. See this link.

]http://pulsar-optical.co.uk/prod/merlin/starter-scope/Goto/merlindeluxe/goto/...]http://pulsar-optical.co.uk/prod/merlin/starter-scope/Goto/merlindeluxe/goto/...[/url]

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:24 PM

Thank you for the advice chaps.

I have decided to leave it alone for now. What I really want to do is fix this mount to a wedge for long exposure, piggyback DSLR imaging.

Does anybody have any ideas?






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