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#126 kel123

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 08:08 AM

Yes, I tried. The ZWO camera came with nice long extension. I could move the camera in and out of the scope reaching min. and max. focus easily. So I got it close, then used the focuser on the guide scope to slowly reach best focus, that image above is as good as it gets.


You mean the focusing crosses both sides of the image?

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 08:15 AM

You mean the focusing crosses both sides of the image?

Defocused star testing with the camera looks just like this:

Small background stars look like little "X"s. I would love to test that camera on the new scope, but it got smoke checked with the mount. I can try it again with the new camera, but I'm not holding my breath.

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#128 Blackbelt76

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 04:18 PM

^^

How is the build quality on the ES 80 scope? Been in the market for a new imaging scope and have heard the focuser is not too good on these scopes, even the hex ones?

Also noticed pointing errors with my EQ6 R pro, with our without the hand controller (which, I didn't think I would, ditched for a laptop) plate solving does help some.

For some reason on mine Polaris could be about centered in the pole master screen and through the scope, it's near the bottom of the eye piece ???

I've seen a few posts across the web about the pointing accuracy.

Not sure why you are having pointing accuracy issues.

I use the polar scope to get things close, then a 3 star align, then the instructions show a simple (drift align) procedure to get the PA error reduced even further.

I shoot only at 200mm w/dslr, but am able to get 2-3min unguided w/o PEC. https://www.cloudyni...10237-ngc-7000/

Visually, objects are nearly dead center with my 8" sct using a 13mm EP.

 

 

 



#129 wilwwade86

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 04:50 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Long time lurker, finally ready to invest more in the hobby.

 

I've got a budget of 4.0k USD and looking for some advice.

 

I'm planning on getting the EQ6R-Pro ($1600 as of 5/31/20)

 

My interests are wide-field astrophotography.

 

Would you guys be able to recommend how I should spend the remaining $2400 USD?

 

I'd like to buy:

 

Rokinon 135 lens (Or Williams 61 doublet)

Camera (I like the ZWO 1600 but maybe too expensive for my budget)

Filters

Autoguide Camera

Autoguide scope

 

Is this reasonable? My interests are wide field. I've been using a t6 + star adventurer since 2016.

 

Thanks!


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#130 phantom76

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:44 AM

PSA: Just noticed that the EQ6-R Pro went on sale on HPS. (Current discounted price $1420).

Ordered one as I have been waiting for this to go on sale. Can't wait to get the item!

 

Edit: Deal now available in most places including Astronomics.


Edited by phantom76, 01 June 2020 - 02:08 PM.

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#131 SkippyMcSkipperson

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:24 AM

Finally allowed to open my anniversary gift!

 

Got it setup for the first time inside and attached the new OTA.  Tonight if time permits I hope to take it outside and attempt a polar alignment also ensure the polar scope is calibrated.  Did anyone have to calibrate the polar scope on their EQ6-R?

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#132 kel123

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 11:29 AM

Hi everyone,

Long time lurker, finally ready to invest more in the hobby.

I've got a budget of 4.0k USD and looking for some advice.

I'm planning on getting the EQ6R-Pro ($1600 as of 5/31/20)

My interests are wide-field astrophotography.

Would you guys be able to recommend how I should spend the remaining $2400 USD?

I'd like to buy:

Rokinon 135 lens (Or Williams 61 doublet)
Camera (I like the ZWO 1600 but maybe too expensive for my budget)
Filters
Autoguide Camera
Autoguide scope

Is this reasonable? My interests are wide field. I've been using a t6 + star adventurer since 2016.

Thanks!


Since your question is not necessarily about the mount, I think you are better off starting a new thread in the equipments forum to ask it.

#133 Blackbelt76

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:29 PM

Finally allowed to open my anniversary gift!

 

Got it setup for the first time inside and attached the new OTA.  Tonight if time permits I hope to take it outside and attempt a polar alignment also ensure the polar scope is calibrated.  Did anyone have to calibrate the polar scope on their EQ6-R?

Most people are reporting not having to align the PS.

Mine was ok. Besides, it's still only a rough estimate, so being off a tad would not make that much of a diff.



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:50 PM

Saturday 5/30/20:

 

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#135 Hypoxic

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:53 PM

Finally allowed to open my anniversary gift!

 

 

Keeper. waytogo.gif

Of course you spoiled your significant other a little too, I assume.


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#136 SkippyMcSkipperson

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 01:26 PM

Keeper. waytogo.gif

Of course you spoiled your significant other a little too, I assume.

Indeed



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 01:31 PM

Indeed

The mount is great, you're really going to enjoy it. Just don't blow it up like I did. grin.gif



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 01:46 PM

Not sure why you are having pointing accuracy issues.

I use the polar scope to get things close, then a 3 star align, then the instructions show a simple (drift align) procedure to get the PA error reduced even further.

I shoot only at 200mm w/dslr, but am able to get 2-3min unguided w/o PEC. https://www.cloudyni...10237-ngc-7000/

Visually, objects are nearly dead center with my 8" sct using a 13mm EP.

Even easier is using EQMOD and Stellarium. 1 Star align, sync with Stellarium, whatever I pick in Stellarium is dead center every time! So much easier! :)



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 09:27 AM

On sale at opt right now, 175 off if anyone was waiting for it. 


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#140 SkippyMcSkipperson

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 07:36 PM

Silly question, getting set up for the first time. I'm in the central time zone, which is GMT -6 in winter and -5 in summer. So right now we are -5, do I put -5 in the hand control and then DST to yes, or do i put -6 and dst yes?

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 08:24 PM

SkippyMcSkipperson,

 

   The latter choice you mentioned is correct; your time zone never changes. Your local time is what changes when Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. 

 

   You should always tell the Hand Control you are in in the US Central Time zone which is -6. (It does not matter whether it is CST or CDT for that question.) It will separately ask you to enter the local time and whether Daylight Saving Time is in effect. Those answers are what it uses to calculate positions in the sky.

 

   Just remember that Tome Zone is asking about location rather than time and you will not confuse the Hand Control's calculations. If you try to second guess what information it wants, you may find your pointing is 15° off in Right Ascension.

 

 

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#142 SkippyMcSkipperson

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 09:39 PM

Thanks John.

Sadly I'm all set up, but clouds are moving in. I have a narrow band of clear sky straight up towards zenith, but cant see Polaris to align.

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 09:57 AM

I am now a proud owner of a EQ6-R pro..... got this monster to go with the ES ED80 and ED127, looking forward to using it.  
 

I do have a question,  I am having minor issues with syncing to Stellarium, I have a direct connection between laptop and Mount with a usb to eqdir cable ( that will eventually be used with my raspberry Pi4 and StellarMate).  What is the best practice to get the mount to match up with stellarium ? I’m close, but I fell like I’m missing something.  Do I need to use the hand controller, to polar align and star align, unplug hand controller, then plug in my direct connection or can I do an alignment with stellarium ? Thanks for any input


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#144 Skatesin85

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:18 AM

Mine arrived last Thursday morning, came home to my fridge not running. So that was my bit of happiness for the day. Then, it was clear over the weekend so i got to use it right away! Never had a synscan mount before, and i know it's overkill for my scope.. It will allow me to grow though. Please dont mind the guide scope and camera, since I couldnt get a new laptop because of the whole fridge thing :/ but it'll get there!! Was taking 3 minute subs of the eastern veil without any problems on first light!! A great mount, no doubt!


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#145 Skatesin85

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:22 AM

for whatever reason this didn't load

 

canon m50

William optics z61

flat61

zwo 120mm-s guide camera

orion 50mm guide scope

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#146 Skatesin85

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:23 AM

Saturday 5/30/20:

 

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nice, I shot the eastern veil with it first light :) great choice!!


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#147 Skatesin85

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:34 AM

I am now a proud owner of a EQ6-R pro..... got this monster to go with the ES ED80 and ED127, looking forward to using it.  
 

I do have a question,  I am having minor issues with syncing to Stellarium, I have a direct connection between laptop and Mount with a usb to eqdir cable ( that will eventually be used with my raspberry Pi4 and StellarMate).  What is the best practice to get the mount to match up with stellarium ? I’m close, but I fell like I’m missing something.  Do I need to use the hand controller, to polar align and star align, unplug hand controller, then plug in my direct connection or can I do an alignment with stellarium ? Thanks for any input

https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html this was posted earlier in the thread, and i saved it for when I am able to start this type of method.



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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:44 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Long time lurker, finally ready to invest more in the hobby.

 

I've got a budget of 4.0k USD and looking for some advice.

 

I'm planning on getting the EQ6R-Pro ($1600 as of 5/31/20)

 

My interests are wide-field astrophotography.

 

Would you guys be able to recommend how I should spend the remaining $2400 USD?

 

I'd like to buy:

 

Rokinon 135 lens (Or Williams 61 doublet)

Camera (I like the ZWO 1600 but maybe too expensive for my budget)

Filters

Autoguide Camera

Autoguide scope

 

Is this reasonable? My interests are wide field. I've been using a t6 + star adventurer since 2016.

 

Thanks!

all I can say is I hope you waited, as the eq6r is on sale right now for $175 off.. so if you're looking to leap, now's the time. its a hekka sturdy mount. I have the WO z61, I love it. for now you can surely use your dslr. see above, I managed 3 minute subs without autoguiding due to needing a new laptop. the zwo120mm-s is usb 3.1 great camera for guiding so I've heard, (obv yet to test out) and I have it paired with the orion 50mm guide scope. def look into those as its about 300 bucks for both. not too bad. as many have told me here, best to spend more on the mount, sounds like youre on the right track! :thumbs up:



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Posted 06 June 2020 - 08:52 PM

https://www.atm-work...pc-connect.html this was posted earlier in the thread, and i saved it for when I am able to start this type of method.


Awesome, thank you.... I will look at that tonight or tomorrow since it’s going to be a stormy night tonight


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 02:41 PM

Question re cable management on an EQ6-R. 

 

I currently distribute USB and power via a powered USB hub and a Rigrunner clone mounted on my astrograph (see the pic).  I'm putting together an imaging SCT and realized that the swapping out of the scope mounted gear could be simplified if I move the power and USB hubs to the mount.  I’d also lose a fair amount of weight.  In looking at the EQ6-R, it seems the best place to mount these are at the handle area.  I’d then run the cables from the handle area to the scope in a piece of innerduct with a sufficient loop to handle the movement.  Just looking for some ideas on handle mounting hardware.  It would be nice if it were easily removed for maintenance purposes. Has anyone attached items to the handle with something other than Velcro or zip ties?

 

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