We often come here to seek help or even disparage our mounts. This is a post where you can praise your mount.
When I got back into the game after a 3 year layoff I decided to get a new mount with the main criteria in that it need to be an AZ-EQ type mount. At that time there was a lot of posts about how the Axis movement in the Orion/SW AZ-EQ PRO(5) caused issues in the AZ use. Well in the new manual it even states that some play is an need design element. So I generally use AZ for EAA and that was a concern, but Orion had a sale where I got the mount for $250 off the normal price, and I thought "I can do the adjust if really needed (lots of posts on the adjustment). Over the last two nights with my C8/Astronomics 60mm finder/guide scope and the ZWO294 with the FR6.3 my mount for a total of 20 objects put 18 of them within .01 of SharpCaps plate solve. The two outliers were very close to the zenith and were about .1 of the plate solve. My Fov was around .5 degrees with the setup I was using. Even more amazing I had parked the scope after night one, and night two was just as good.
I have pegs in the ground for where I set the scope up, and I do level the mount/scope, but over all after a first nights two star alignment and gotos and tracking in SharpCap for 4 to 8 second exposures are right on, I've gone as long as 20 seconds but I use EAA because I just want to have an enhanced visual experience.
Given what I am comfortable lifting and that fact that I can use both my Es102 and C8 at the same time and that I have not experience any precision issues now in 2 years of using the mount, I do praise this scope for its price/performance ratio. Perhaps it is the low end of the middle level mounts, or the high end of the bottom level mounts, but its performance for me is so good I took my starsense off it and put it on the SE with GPS for a complete automated system with my C5.
Praise your mount, tell us what is good about it, we've probably all ready read about any issues it may have:) This is just a praise post, put your issues posts in a new one:)
This is a long (for me) 540 second SharpCap stack from night 2.
Edited by Jeff Lee, 11 August 2020 - 11:52 AM.