In the City:
Under Dark Skies:
Canon EOS 7D (5DIII OTW)
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Orion Atlas EQ-G + EQMOD
Orion SSAG + 50mm Mini Guidescope
BYEOS, SGP, AstroTortilla, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop CC
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TS65EDQ, AT106, MN61, Mini Borg 50 Orion Sirius Heq5-Hypertuned, Antares PED30 TouCam Pro II, Asi120mc, Canon 450D-modded Atik 420C
Quote:And now 2 or more weeks of clouds will descend on Colorado. Or maybe lady luck will just smile on you. Enjoy your new mount. Stan
Quote:Congrats! Don't forget to get EQMOD...great piece of "free" software.
Quote:Congrats! That's awesome! Always fun to get new toys. Bummer about the knob. I'd bet Orion would just send out a replacement. It should be an easy fix. Hopefully.Clear skies,Charles
Quote:And clouds are part of the new mount package.
Quote:Congrats Jon on your new mount. Looks good!
Warren - Stargazing since the 60's! Scopes: ETX-LS6, ED80T, AT6RC, Lunt LS60T, C9.25 Mounts: Atlas EQ-G, Vixen Portamount II Cameras: Atik 314L+,DMK31AU03,SSAG, ASI120MC Filters: Astrodon LRGB, Orion HA, SII, OIII Acc: Orion 5 place Filter wheels x 2, Flatman Primary Imaging site: Bortle Scale Class 6 Red Zone http://astrobin.com/users/rigel123/
Quote:Hey Jon, thank you so much for the excellent pictures... I think your saying the saddle with the mini on it when fully tightened (the saddle itself) is pointing at the other saddle? I would think there would be some adjustment on aligning them to point at same area or slightly apart, but not that much... Is there any shims in the box still? Or if your saying the saddle reciever for the mini is too wide for its base, you could just use some wood shim stock? KaseyDo the saddles mount to cross piece with one screw or more?
Quote:Ahhhh, seeing those boxes brought back memories of when I rec'd my Atlas a few years ago! I did add one accessory, I got the Deluxe Accessory Tray http://www.telescope.com/Mounts-Tripods/Mount-Tripod-Accessories/Orion-Deluxe...Really like the extra room on it and even enough room to hold your favorite beverage!
Quote:sweet setup, you may need some counter weights to properly balance DEC
Quote:Quote:sweet setup, you may need some counter weights to properly balance DEC It actually came with two 11lb counterweights, as well as a counterweight bar extension.
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Quote:Well, here is a great irony. My skies have completely cleared up. Only a couple small puffs on the horizon, totally crisp clear overhead...but! The moon is out, and almost full. DOH!I've been trying to polar align, however I'm having a hard time seeing through it. I actually thought that the brighter moonlit sky would actually help the diagram show up better, but I can't see jack. I can see stars, and I am pretty sure I have polaris in the field, however it is an OOF point of light with a void in the center. Is that how it is supposed to look? Does anyone have some good links to articles that describe exactly how to use the Orion Atlas polar scope to do accurate polar alignment? I have a completely clear view on Cassiopeia and Big Dipper, right now they are actually directly across from each other on the horizontal on either side of Polaris. Should be really easy to get everything aligned, if only I could see the diagram in the scope!
Orion 8" f3.9 Newtonian, Atlas EQ-G Cooled Canon 1100Da SSAG on 50mm Finder pocketrubbish.com