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Reliable AZ/EQ Mount

Beginner Astrophotography
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#1 ahmedelmorsy

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:52 PM

I’m searching for the proper AZ/EQ mount that fits my needs and I need help in getting the right mount.

I need AZ to do daytime observation such as new faint moon, sun spots, sun eclipse, etc. I also need the EQ to do deep sky Astrophotography. My deep sky astrophotography is mainly going to happen with DSLR camera and zoom lenses or small telescope.

I was going to buy the Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Equatorial Motorized Goto mount but I changed my mind due to heavy mount weight (33LB for only the mount) and for the high cost too.

Any advise please for a reliable beginner/intermediate AZ/EQ mount!



#2 nitegeezer

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 10:17 PM

Have you considered a fork mount and wedge. This is not a popular choice in the forums, but mine works great for me. If you take this approach be sure you get a strong two sided set of forks and a rigid wedge.

#3 lakeorion

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 06:45 AM

Skywatcher AZ-EQ5.  $700 less and still carries a modest amount of weight.  I've achieved under 1 arc sec RMS guiding while imaging at 1.4 arc sec.

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This is with a WO Star71 and all the options, camera, filter wheel, OAG, USB hub, dew heater controller and 12V power hub all along for the ride.  (looks complicated but there's only 2 cables between things that move and things that don't move - USB + 12V)
 
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