While the new Sky-Watcher AZ GTI mount can be used in many ways, and for different purposes, I wanted to share how I’ve configured it for EAA.
All manner of small refractors, maks, and newts (and DSLRs) could be used with this Alt-Az GoTo Mount, but I’ve chosen to primarily use it with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro connected via L-bracket dovetail, utilizing M42 screw mounted lens’ (50mm, 200mm, 500mm, 1000mm)
The mount is controlled via WiFi (however you could use a SynScan hand controller, not included) using the free SynScan Pro app for iOS and Android. Connecting via WiFi is easy via direct or access point mode, and alignment is quick using one of various routines (1-Star, Brightest Star, North-Level, 3-Star). Tracking rates include Sidereal, Lunar, and Solar. Time/Date/Location are provided by your mobile device. Selecting and GoTo-ing to any of the 10,000+ objects is as simple as scrolling a list, and centering any object can be added to the mounts alignment model for improved accuracy. Loosening both axis clutches and manually moving the position will not require re-alignment, a very nice feature of the dual-encoders.
I use Sharpcap to capture and stack the images acquired with the ASI294, and thankfully, Skywatcher also provides the SynScan Pro app for PC, along with ASCOM drivers. All I need do is power on the mount (8-AA batteries, external battery pack, or AC adapter), connect USB3 cable from camera to Surface Pro, and connect the Surface Pro’s wifi to the mount. Alignment and GoTo are accomplished via the SynScan PC app (no mobile device needed), while Sharpcap provides all its wonderful utility, including plate solving. It’s been hassle free without any connection interruptions or glitches whatsoever.
However… I often add SkySafari 6 Pro running on the iPad into the mix…. Connect the iPad to the same wifi as the PC and GTi, configure SkySafari for the mount type, using the IP Address of the PC running SynScan, and UDP port 11880. Everything stays in sync, whether using SkySafari, SynScan PC, PlateSolve, or… incredibly… because of the dual encoders, manually moving/pointing the scope, automatically updates SkySafari in real time!
Sky-Watcher AZ GTi, ZWO ASI294MC Pro, 200mm f/4
Edited by davidparks, 16 April 2018 - 09:08 PM.