I bought this mount a little while ago and would like to sanity check some things as I don't think I'm making the most of it at present and most likely missing something obvious (or doing something dumb). My main use of it is in EQ mode (with the SW EQ wedge) for some astrophotography.
I want to use it (at least for now) unguided, with my William Optics Z61 II APO and DSLR (APS-C). I'm not expecting to take multi-minute subs, however I'm struggling with star trailing at 1 minute subs and even lower. Something I have been doing (and possibly dumb) is powering it using AA batteries, which could be a cause. Anyway, this is my basic process when setting up, please do point out any improvements or things I might be missing.
- Level the tripod and mount. Balance the scope/camera.
- Get focus.
- Polar align. This is nothing more than centring Polaris in my camera's LCD screen using knobs on the mount.
- Turn on mount, connect iPad to mount wifi, open SynScan app and connect in EQ mode, reset alignment, exit app, unload and reconnect.
- Check location settings are ok, then 3 star align. Again this is done by centring each star in the camera LCD screen.
By way of example, last night I did all that and got trailing with 1 min subs (see below example). Note that I was not using a field flattener however I wouldn't have thought that would effect all the stars, especially centrally. Like I say, I feel I'm missing something and it's probably obvious haha. I was kind of hoping for say 2 min subs unguided, or is that just wishful thinking?