I'm just starting out with an EQ6-R and an ES 80mm Triplet (480mm focal length). After polar-aligning my mount, I'm only getting 30 second exposures before I see significant streaking (of M101, which is quite close to Polaris).
Granted, my polar alignment is a bit rough since I'm rotating my RA axis until I think the polarscope reticle is in a plus-sign orientation (with the counterweight straight down the reticle has a rotation offset). This introduces a small error that might affect the tracking.
I know that an option is to use the syscan polar alignment procedure, but this requires multistar alignment which needs stars near the horizon (and I'm on the patio where my FOV is limited).
How long of unguided exposures can I expect with this mount/scope when I have perfect polar alignment? 30 seconds seems really short.
Edited by Bokchoy Ninja, 21 May 2019 - 05:36 PM.