I’ve been using my Star Adventurer ad EOS RP for a while now but have gotten to a point where the time and effort involved in drift aligning and lack of guiding in dec have made me think I should bite the bullet and upgrade my mount.
Current equipment is:
Star adventurer, reasonably sturdy video tripod, EOS RP, 100-500mm RF lens, ASI120MM-S camera and mini guide scope (camera and guide scope mounted side by side. I use SharpCap to get an ‘excellent’ polar alignment then use PHD2 drift alignment to try to get better alignment (this is generally where all my time is spent). Then I use PHD2 for guiding.
Happy to continue with SharpCap and PHD2, but I think I need a sturdier tripod and better mount, particularly to give me alt guiding (and a goto wouldn’t be a bad thing). Currently run from my laptop but might move to an ASIair pro down the line.
So I’ve been looking and two of the more popular mounts seem to be the EQM35 Pro, or the EQ6R Pro. The EQM35 seems to have the advantages of lower cost, and being lower weight (which is handy as I live in an apartment so shooting involves a car and sometimes a plane ride).
The advantage of the EQ6R Pro is that it seems to be better built (I’ve seen a few too many discussions with people who have had to disassemble their EQM35 in order to get it working well), and has a higher max payload. That’s not an issue for now, but down the line I will think about getting a real scope so higher payload may, pause for effect, pay off.
Does anyone have any thoughts on any other advantages or disadvantages that I may not be seeing?
And if it makes any difference, I am based in NZ, so I don’t have the pole star advantage.