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shawnhar
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #6170495 - 11/01/13 03:17 PM

Hey! I got some pretty good images from my Pinto!

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TimN
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: shawnhar]
      #6170716 - 11/01/13 05:26 PM

Two years ago I was in the same position as the OP. I got a good deal on a Skywatcher 120ED and only after I bought it did I start looking at mounts etc. I did what Jim suggested and spent some time on the mount forum. I had 3 requirements: 1. it had to handle my scope 2. It had to be portable - I'm 66 years old so Atlas types were out of the question. 3. It had to meet my budget.

I found the best combination that met my 3 requirements was the HEQ5 - Sirius -. I really couldn't carry anything heavier and its price seemed reasonable. EQMOD was a nice bonus. I also contacted some members directly that used my scope on this mount and they all assured me it would be ok. Some were even using it with AT8RC's without a problem.

So, I bought one and I haven't had a problem using my 120mm scope, DSLR and 50mm guider. I have just moved it into an observatory but haven't felt the need to upgrade even though portability is no longer an issue.

I haven't tried other mounts to compare but based on initial research and 2 years of use, I'm very happy with my HEQ5.


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Stelios
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: TimN]
      #6170792 - 11/01/13 06:11 PM

You sound eerily like me, and I'm also reaching the conclusion that the Sirius will be my next mount when my skills are up to moving to longer focal lengths (hopefully next year).

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bmwbiker
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: Stelios]
      #6170855 - 11/01/13 06:41 PM

As beginning imager I'm very happy with my AVX piloting a C80ED and now auto-guiding an ATRC6. Its the right size for quick setup on my small back deck. Go To is spot on provided my alignment is right. AS polar align is great. (Polaris is blocked from view) I was pushing >60sec subs unguided. And I'm at 5-6 minutes guided with the 1370mm AT6RC. Could I have purchased a better mount sure, but I've got north of $2k invested in this endeavor (at budget).

Starting out doesn't require buying the best and at least for my initial efforts the AVX (and the rest of the setup) is more than good enough. Even if money wasn't a consideration acquiring the absolute best equipment doesn't guarantee nor is it a prerequisite for success.

Edited by bmwbiker (11/01/13 08:44 PM)


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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: bmwbiker]
      #6171123 - 11/01/13 09:54 PM

BMWbiker, you got some pictures? I'd love to see your astrobin account.

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nodalpoint
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: Raginar]
      #6171153 - 11/01/13 10:06 PM

Quote:

BMWbiker, you got some pictures? I'd love to see your astrobin account.




Hey Raginar, here's M31 I shot Monday night using mostly the same equipment as BMWbiker - AVX mount, C80ED and an old Nikon. Two hours of 300 sec. exposures made in below freezing temps. Threw out a couple subs due to satellite trails and a high cloud moving through.

Keep in mind I started in September, have only been out about ten times, and am very new to this kind of processing and easily see my flaws, but I'm happy to compare photos taken by fellow low-time beginners with other equipment.



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Madratter
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6171160 - 11/01/13 10:10 PM

I would not have hesitated to put a 80 ED on my CG-5 let alone an AVX. I think it would have made a terrific match. I would have been beyond delighted getting an image that good my 10th time out.

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bmwbiker
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: Raginar]
      #6171204 - 11/01/13 10:42 PM

Quote:

BMWbiker, you got some pictures? I'd love to see your astrobin account.



I'm still struggling with post processing. My final images tend suffer from noise. I haven't bitten the bullet for PS or anything else yet.

This thread does have an image of M31 with C80ED on a AVX unguided.
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=low&Nu...


Edited by bmwbiker (11/01/13 10:44 PM)


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Raginar
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6171676 - 11/02/13 10:17 AM

MR hit it in the head. My favorite recommendation for a noob would be a CG5 and a ED80 with a DSLR and a finder guider rig. Simple enough to get good wide fields and cheap enough to figure out if you wanna go farther.

Nodal, pretty. You should make an astrobin account so I can follow you

BMX, your data is good. If you go to my astrobin you'll see my first pictures from about 2 years ago. They're... Horrendous

Edited by Raginar (11/02/13 10:20 AM)


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Raginar
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Re: EQ Mount for Long Exposure AP new [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #6173658 - 11/03/13 12:24 PM

Trav, how did the mount fail you? Something that you did or firmware related?

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