Dan Crowson - Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
Astro-Tech AT6RC Ritchey-Chrétien / AT90EDT - 2.5" Moonlight CSL
SBIG ST-8300M w/FW8-8300 & OAG-8300 w/ST-i
Imaging mainly from a Red Zone
Dark Arts Observatory, Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:The Atlas is not quiet so that could rule it out if that is an issue for you. It has never bothered me because I point to a single star to sync (first one is the only one not on my CCD) and then I go inside (the house or my car if somewhere) and remotely connect to my laptop. You'll also find that you only slew once per object so it isn't that big of deal.Dan
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:Is there an ASCOM driver for iEQ45?
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Quote:hi Ed,can you elaborate on what you say about the iEQ45?i had a chance to look at two... they seemed OK on the outside. and the PE is somewhat smaller than really bad CGEMs..as an aside: I used to absolutely hate my CGEM, and would jump at the chance to sell it. But after re-spacing the encoders, it has been performing really great that I will not sell it even if two people want to buy it.. (and in spite of the fact that I now have two Astro-Physics mounts)After using the AP GTO controller for the last week, I have a much better appreciation for the Nexstar controller, particularly its mount modeling (non-existent on the AP) and the All Star Polar Align. It's just bad that the 8/3 gear problem on the CGEM is there, and the periodic error is high.That said, my CGEM can still guide at < 2" RMS, which should be enough for any focal length under 1000mm.
Bob VIDEO POD,AT6RC,WO66,C11-HD KWIQ,iEQ-45,6SE grabn go SDC-435 video,MC-Xtreme-video ,T2i,Ntech300 Lunt LS60THa_B1200,QHY5L-2m "life is Fun again" with video astronomy Canon T2i-18mp G11-G2..C14,,Fastar F2 Darksites,CAV,FOO,Onekama-DS-Observatory
"My GOD, It's Full of Stars!" For the Obser: Atlas EQ-G w/moded SN8,JMI moto-focus, flocked tube,custom mirror cell.ED80 w/ACCUFocus,SSAG,DSI,EZ Guider. Modded Canon T1i,Pentax K-5II. For the field:14" Orion 14xxi,Flocked Tubes,Custom Paint,6 Fan Cooling,LED ground board lighting. Celestron CG5GT for film/digital photos w/EZ Guider, Atlas EQ-G w/an ES102ED/AT72 Piggy backed,EZ Guider. Various 1.25 & 2" Eyepieces.
Climbing Stars Obs 4.2 Suburban skies
Quote:I don't see what's the big deal with CG-5 noise.I don't have a CG-5, but my CGEM sounds like an asthmatic coffee grinder.. and my Mach1 sounds like a muscleman coffee grinder. In other words, even the Mach1 is pretty darn noisy.
Quote:the only bad news is the sometimes horrific periodic error and the large 8/3 harmonic.
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
Quote:Quote:The Atlas is not quiet so that could rule it out if that is an issue for you. It has never bothered me because I point to a single star to sync (first one is the only one not on my CCD) and then I go inside (the house or my car if somewhere) and remotely connect to my laptop. You'll also find that you only slew once per object so it isn't that big of deal.Dan I think that is the first time I have heard anyone say the Atlas is noisy. I have to have my ear right beside my Atlas to even hear it when it slews.I totally agree that it is a great mount.
Tak AP QSI Canon
Skywatcher 6 inch F-5 Newtonian,Lunt LS60THa,Orion ED80T CF ED Triplet,Vintage C-8(1983),Celestron 8se, Celestron CG-5,iEq45, Atik 314L+Mono,Atik 314 L+ OSC, Imaging Source DMk 41AUO2 My images viewed here.. http://www.astrobin.com/users/northisup2/