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Jun 22 2005 02:47 AM | Shadowalker in Mount Accessories
Adding GOTO to an EQ Mount can be a fun project... The problem was I was spending more time hunting deep space objects than actually looking at them. So I’d get my new Sky & Telescope magazine, read about the DSOs that were visible and not
Mar 22 2005 12:34 PM | Guest in Mount Accessories
Every astronomy beginner quickly learns that one advantage of an equatorial mount is that the observer can use a drive system to keep the object being viewed centered in the eyepiece. For most mounts this means either an AC or DC-powered Right Ascension drive motor or two motors, one for Right Ascension and one for Declination. DC-powered systems, whether single or dual-axis, include a hand controller and a battery pack with the former having control buttons to permit slewing at high speeds or stopping the drive completely. At the high end price-wise are computer-driven “Go To” systems that permit the user to enter a desired object after which the drive automatically locates the object (assuming proper mount alignment).
Mar 12 2005 11:53 AM | Guest in Mount Accessories
DSC stands for Digital Setting Circle. It is a computer that connects to your telescope. It tells you what you are looking at, or where to move your telescope to look at a selected object. I have found that DSCs are invaluable for observing under Los Angeles skies. The light pollution here makes it impossible to star hop to most deep sky objects, such as galaxies, globular clusters, and open clusters. Indeed the light pollution makes it nearly impossible to find all but the brightest stars. Nevertheless, deep sky objects are accessible if you can just point your telescope in the right direction. DSCs allow me to point my telescope at these unseen objects and observe them.