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#1 imhotep

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:22 PM

Just curious if anyone has a report on this mount's performance during long exposures. A customer turned me onto it but I've not been able to dig up any imaging examples or testimonials. I'm really curious about how the belt-driven system measures up against the Atlas EQ-G I have used for so long.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:26 PM

If it is of help..you could check my astrobin page of 2013 ,many of the shots are made with an azeq6 gt which is identical to an atlas pro.
Personally I am very happy with it.

http://www.astrobin....chael_Xyntaris/

My scope doesn't has a field flattener so the images on the edges present curved stars.you should check the field in the middle of any image.
On each photo it is specified which mount has been used.

Ps: here , two of my most recent photos: http://astrob.in/620...allery/regular/
http://astrob.in/570...allery/regular/

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:56 PM

Mike, thanks for the links, and great job with your astrophotography. None of my images are currently online or I would give you a link as well, mainly because I see you are using the Equinox 80ED. I think that's a very similar scope to the Orion ED80 which I've used quite a bit.

I'm very glad to see you are able to expose for 10-minute subs with no noticeable guiding or tacking issues. That's how it should be :) With my previous Atlas EQ-G I was able to expose for 10-minute subs and longer with PEC in the mix. Exposing beyond the worm period is where it's at in my book.

Did you do any tuning to your Skywatcher AZ EQ6 GT?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:30 PM

Hello imhotep, thank you!
No tuning on the SW, it is just as it came out of the box.
If it can be of help i can tell you that i have exposed even for more with good results up to 30 minutes (autoguided of course) but those exposures are of no use to me without narrowband filters.Unfortunatelly the sky i have can handle well up to 10-12 minutes of exposure.

All in all i think this mount is doing well it's job and i would recommend it for AP, even over the Atlas.
It's silent, sturdy,tracks fine and smoothly and also is a little lighter than the Atlas (but nothing close to 26% less as they claim).Give or take i think it weight about half or 1 Kg less.

Again thank you! :)

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:52 PM

Mike,

Thanks for the info. That is really interesting that the Pro is lighter than the Atlas. I would have thought it would be heavier since it boasts a much higher payload capacity.

Narrowband is where I'm headed. I need to be able to image in backyard instead of only imaging when I drive hours away from my light polluted area. Narrowband is going to be the ticket for me from now on.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:57 AM

Hello Imhotep, i hear that, narrowband is the only viable solution from the polluted skies of nowdays..but. it is a good solution.I have a couple of friends imaging actually from the center of the city in narrowband with spectacular results!






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