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#1 Astro Babak

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:54 AM

Hello all,

 

I purchased a used HEQ5 Pro mount which looks to be working pretty well. However, I want to attach my DSLR on the mount to get started with AP. My main scope is an 8" reflector with a very high focal length (1200mm), and don't want to start my AP journey with that. However, I am planning on getting 135mm focal length lens and have my DSLR on the mount.

 

I've been having a hard time getting the camera mounted on the saddle, cannot find the right dovetail and attachments combination on it. Any recommendations? 

 

Thanks. 



#2 bobzeq25

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:58 AM

This.

 

https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/B0000XMYFQ

 

You're following an excellent path for starting out.  This will be a big help.

 

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/0999470906


Edited by bobzeq25, 18 February 2020 - 11:59 AM.


#3 Madratter

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:18 PM

If you have a dovetail on the other side of the reflector from where you have the dovetail that you use to mount the reflector, you could also use something like this.

 

https://www.highpoin...ASABEgIA1vD_BwE

 

Or direct from the manufacturer instead of through a middleman:

 

https://www.admacces...ount-dv-series/

 

Note there is also a ballhead if you wanted to go that route. I would probably not use the ball head but there are pluses and minuses.


Edited by Madratter, 18 February 2020 - 12:21 PM.


#4 scadvice

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:29 PM

What 135mm are you contemplating or already have?

 

I heard this one is excellent for AP. 

 

https://astrobackyar...trophotography/

 

I have a Canon 28 to 135mm EP zoom it is horrible for AP

 

I have this one from William Optics which kind of a hybrid lens. Longer F/L and F/4.9 but very nice for starting out. Beautiful images both terrestrial and AP.

 

https://optcorp.com/...lescope-upgrade


Edited by scadvice, 18 February 2020 - 12:31 PM.


#5 Madratter

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:44 PM

Another thing to consider is no matter how you decide to mount the camera/lens, it is going to affect the balance of the mount. That can sometimes be difficult, especially if the camera is very light. Even the counterweight bar could be too much. On the otherhand, using a piggyback bracket, you might not have enough counterweights and of course it loads up the mount, perhaps beyond what is advisable.



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:35 PM

If you have woodworking skills, there are many possibilities.

 

The simplest is a few inches of 1x2 with the edges trimmed at a 15° angle and a 1/4" hole for a 1/4-20 screw which is the standard for cameras and tripods. The 1x2 serves as a dovetail that you mount on the HEQ5.

 

If you want a finder or even an autoguider, screw the camera and accessories to a board and the board to a 1x2 dovetail. A few square inches of rubber between the camera and board will keep the camera from slipping.

 

If the lens is heavy, it may be better to attach it to the board and let it support the camera.




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