Equatorial mount setup.

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Equatorial mount setup.

Postby petern » Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:30 am

Hi,

I have just received my secondhand Tal 200 and EQ5 with AWR drives. I have been using a Meade ETX 90 for the last year and now need to learn the best wat to set up the equatorial. has any one got some good web links I could read on setting up the system. Looking forward to the next clear sky !!!!!

Thanks.
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RE: Equatorial mount setup.

Postby Chanctonbury » Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:06 pm

PeterN,

Congratulations on your purchase. As you are used to an Alt/Az mount, you will at first find the EQ mount to be not very intuitive to use but it has many advantages especially in the field of astro-photography!

Polar alignment becomes a critical issue and the manual should help you here:-

[url=http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/Downloads/GENERAL_EQ3and5.pdf]http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/Downloads/GENERAL_EQ3and5.pdf[/url]

You will also need to be careful about balancing the telecope with the counterbalance weights but this is simple to do, just worth doing it properly!
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RE: Equatorial mount setup.

Postby sftonkin » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:50 pm

Further to Skywatcher's advice, you may also find the Vixen GP (of which the EQ5 is a clone) manual to be more useful than the EQ-5 one:

http://arnholm.org/astro/gpmanual/index.htm
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RE: Equatorial mount setup.

Postby petern » Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:16 pm

Hi Steve & Stephen,

Many thanks for the links they have been a great help. I used the setup for the first time last night and wow, what a difference. It will take some practice to get it right but the difference between the ETX mount and the HEQ 5 is amazing Solid,quite and no judder. At first I thought it was not tracking as it was so quite !!!!! I can see hours of endless viewing when the clear nights move in. Just ordered the firmware upgrade from AWR for the lookup database.

Many thanks,

Peter.
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