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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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Canon T2i Unmodded
Orion Atlas Mount
Orion SSAG Mini Guider
Capture Software - Backyard EOS, PHD, EQMOD
Meade 2120 LX3 (Now on the Atlas and getting used a little!)
Quote:I've never used NexStar so I don't know how that works, but I'll comment on EQMOD. I have EQMOD installed and connected to my Atlas EQ-G. Along with this I have astrotortilla and Cartes du Ciel instaled . Once polar alligned , I slew to a target which is always off. I let my camera take a snapshot of the area, Astrotortilla plate solves it, and tells EQMOD to move the mount. This repeats until the target is centered. After the first one gotos are dead on for the night.
Quote:Without Astrotortilla and a camera, use your choice of planetarium software along with EQMOD to do your go to alignment. I use Cartes du Ciel which is free. Just click on an a star, slew to it, use the EQMOD controls to center the star in you eyepiece, press the sync button in Cartes du Ciel. Do this for a few stars and your gotos will be dead on. The combo of EQMOD and Cartes du Ciel let you align on any star, and as few or as many as you want. I haven't used the mounts hand controller in almost two years now. I find that EQMOD and CdC are a joy to use.
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Quote:opps left something out the alignment starts at the 30min mark sorry
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Quote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQB6UnrTEEMThis is how I align my Nexstar (Celestron) mounts also I use BYE and AT. I have no need for planetarium software to control the mount because I use Nexremote (the HC on pc) and either find the object in its data base or input the location. I do use CDC or Stellarium ect when planning for objects but other than that I don't use it connected to mount.
Quote:Quote:opps left something out the alignment starts at the 30min mark sorry LOL, got it!Guylain
Quote:BYE and AT working together works for me 99.9999% of the time, the 0.0001% is operator error
Quote:Now you talked about mounts earlier what kind of scope do plan on using for your temp setup and will this scope size change once you've bought your high end mount?
Quote:You misunderstood the difficulty of polar aligning a Mach1.It doesn't have a multi star model. But it has several polar alignment procedures in its handset. Or just buy the RAPAS and forget about polar alignment routines, the RAPAS is accurate enough by itself.MY polar alignment issues is because I can't see Polaris and I don't know how to use the Quick Drift Align routine. Also QDA requires several stars close to the zenith and meridian and my balcony roof blocks that area of the sky.
Quote:Orion doesn't make any mounts. They just rebadge the Synta / Skywatcher EQ6.Celestron also is owned by Synta. That said the Nexstar HC is much more capable than the Synscan HC. But EQMOD beats the Nexstar by a mile.
Quote:These mounts don't track in both axes. Only in RA.
Quote:...I figure you can either spend a lot of time finely tuning your polar alignment, or you can tune it as best you can in about a 10 minute window, and let guiding take care of the drift for you...
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...
Quote:Quote:...I figure you can either spend a lot of time finely tuning your polar alignment, or you can tune it as best you can in about a 10 minute window, and let guiding take care of the drift for you...
Maybe. IMO, you'll spend much more than this time in post-processing trying to fix imperfections that wouldn't have been there if polar alignment had been better. I'm pretty much a novice, but every decent picture I've taken has been because I was anal about polar alignment (and I *do* guide). With imprecise polar alignment the stars never seem to be quite there.
Quote:Astrotortilla has a decent polar align routine as well. Me I use PemPro.