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#1 kurtenstein

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 08:16 AM

Hi! I came across this telescope in the local ads (https://www.kijiji.c...69855?undefined). I’m looking for an eq3 mount for my mirrorless camera that I could motorize. At 125$ (canadian!) it looks like a bargain to me! 
 

However, I wonder if motors are available for this specific type of mount. Does anyone know the manufacturer of this mount? And what about a polar scope?

 

Many questions... many thanks!



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:51 AM

On the surface it looks like a fairly standard EQ3.

The image appears to have a plastic stopper where the polar scope would fit.

Tripod again looks like a standard (shaky) EQ3 tripod.

 

Motor are available for them, think even a full goto is available.

Motors are single or double - somewhat similar cost.

They are 6v running, and have a very basic box to control, around £120 here. Unit has a fancy name just not really fancy.

They are DC not steppers. They fit where the flexible twiddly bits are.

 

That is kind of opinion, but I suspect about right. Trouble with these bits is someone makes a small change and everything alters but I would be surprised if it not as I think.

 

Big aspect is the appanent polar scope cap. The EQ2 didn't have an option for a polar scope they didn't get in on the act until the EQ3 so if that is a polar scope cap - and it looks like one - then it is EQ3. And there are motors for EQ3.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:54 AM

yes call to the house of astronomy in montreal. ask to speak to guetan. 


Edited by sunnyday, 02 July 2020 - 10:48 AM.


#4 orlyandico

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 11:08 AM

an arduino nano ($5) , a drv8825 stepper carrier board from a 3d printer ( sub $5 ) and a 28byg motor ($2 ) and you can motorise that. even add autoguiding. some assembly required 🤣
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#5 kurtenstein

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 02:42 PM

On the surface it looks like a fairly standard EQ3.

The image appears to have a plastic stopper where the polar scope would fit.

Tripod again looks like a standard (shaky) EQ3 tripod.

 

Motor are available for them, think even a full goto is available.

Motors are single or double - somewhat similar cost.

They are 6v running, and have a very basic box to control, around £120 here. Unit has a fancy name just not really fancy.

They are DC not steppers. They fit where the flexible twiddly bits are.

 

That is kind of opinion, but I suspect about right. Trouble with these bits is someone makes a small change and everything alters but I would be surprised if it not as I think.

 

Big aspect is the appanent polar scope cap. The EQ2 didn't have an option for a polar scope they didn't get in on the act until the EQ3 so if that is a polar scope cap - and it looks like one - then it is EQ3. And there are motors for EQ3.

Thanks for the input. The seller says there's a polar scope included... but he didn'T seem to know much about telescopes, said it was given to him 20 years ago as a gift from work.

 

I'd say it's a Skywatcher. Any guesses about the brand?



#6 bignerdguy

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 04:53 PM

I sold one just like that years ago and yes you can motorize it.  See here for a single drive controller:

 

https://www.telescop...rc/2160/e/6.uts

 

for the dual drive controller try one like this:

 

https://optcorp.com/...fBoCZ0YQAvD_BwE

 

The dual and single drive controller will not allow you to quickly slew to an object, they are more for fine tuning.  direct slewing is still a manual process.  I had the dual drive on the tripod with that exact type of tube when i sold it (that one however is not my old scope, its similar).  If the mirrors are properly aligned it is a really good scope for some planetary and solar as well as a few DSO's.




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