Some might remember my recent thread re the little Tasco/Towa 14TE I bought for $20US a couple of weeks back here: https://www.cloudyni...tascotowa-14te/
Last night I decided to put it through its paces on the Moon using a mono camera (ASI290MM) & to see just how difficult it would be to track the Moon using just the flexible slow-motion controls of the little EQ2 style mount it came with.
I'd misplaced the ir570nm flter (orange longpass) that I'd used for the Yamamoto/SYW 80mm f18.4 a week or 2 earlier, hoping to use that filter to help with poor seeing a bit...but had to settle on a luminance filter (ie, ir/uv cut filter) which was really a poor choice in so-so seeing, but the only one I had free.
I made things even more difficult searching everywhere for the 570 filter & by the time I decided it was lost I was very rushed: I'd used a very rudimentary levelling setup (I'll purchase a small bullseye bubble level to fit on the mount in the future) & set the latitude with an old childs' plastic protractor, aligning the little mount N-S by approximating this using a straight edge to 2 legs of the tripod set against the semi-permanent legs of the nearby EQ8 tripod on my back lawn...
Being rushed with clouds coming, in I simply stuck the camera into the focuser tube & immediately found the Moon - not hard when it over-filled the camera sensor, but that little "toyish" finder did a great job tbh, it showing the Moon smack dead-centre on the X-hairs, still well-aligned from the first outing I had with it...
I really should have oriented the camera so that the Moon was not drifting much in Dec but it looked pretty good with only some downward drift in that direction, so being rushed (& lazy) I left it there...rather silly because over the recordings the Dec drift was appreciable & I had to control both RA &Dec...not too difficult but it would have been much easier to track had I done so, because then the accuracy of this little mount would've only needed RA correction.
Despite having this dual-correction necessity & rough & ready setup I was quite surprised just how well the whole exercise was: the image outcome was far from shabby also imo & I now have much more regard for just what these little 60mm scopes & EQ mounts are capable of, such that I'd like to do more of this type of imaging at greater scale in the future..! (my hand-tracking with the mount was centred upon keeping the Montes Apenninus region roughly in the centre of the camer's fov)