Jump to content

We politely request that members refrain from discussing politics and/or the Brexit debate on East Midlands Stargazers. Let's keep it to the topic at hand... Clouds. ☁️

  • Join the East Midlands Stargazers astronomy community today!

    Test

Sign in to follow this  
Darren Ball

Hello from Swadlincote

Recommended Posts

Darren Ball

Hi all,

new to this staying up late malarky.  I've harboured a long standing-interest in astronomy, but never done anything about it until recently when my 5yo sons almost fanatical interest in space and planets has allowed me sneak a few purchases under the radar.
I thought that I'd cracked setting up an EQ Mount the other night, but trying to keep track of mars by having to juggle 2 dials proved otherwise.  Back to the drawing board, methinks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Streetbob

Hi Darren welcome to EMS. I remember struggling with a manual eq mount. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ron Clarke

Welcome to the forum Darren, ask any question you want on here we've all been at the start point!! 

 

Cheers

Ron

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Graham

Hi Darren. 

You need to sort your polar alignment out then you will only need to move the RA to track objects. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tuckstar

Hi Darren, welcome aboard.

As Graham said, if you get your mount aligned with the north star you will only have to move in R/A ( right accession, left and right). And of course feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Brantuk

Hi Darren and welcome to EMS 🙂

 

Like the guys have said - google polar alignment and you'll only need to slowly turn one axis to track anything. The rotation of the Earth handles the other axis for you automatically. Makes it one hell of a lot easier. 🙂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BAZ

Hi Darren, a warm welcome to the forum.

YouTube how to set up an EQ mount there are shed loads of videos on there, I reckon between them all you should be able to get an idea how yours should work best. Spend a bit of time getting the polar alignment as good as you can and objects will be much more enjoyable to view, as mentioned above you'll only then have to twiddle one adjustment to keep it in view.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Darren Ball
7 hours ago, BAZ said:

Hi Darren, a warm welcome to the forum.

YouTube how to set up an EQ mount there are shed loads of videos on there, I reckon between them all you should be able to get an idea how yours should work best. Spend a bit of time getting the polar alignment as good as you can and objects will be much more enjoyable to view, as mentioned above you'll only then have to twiddle one adjustment to keep it in view.

Thanks Baz.  After a bit of re-familiarising, it appears that I made a rookie error.  Setting up in daylight for the first time, I foolishly assumed magnetic North and Celestial North were the same.  DOH!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BAZ

No worries Darren, we have all been there mate, once you get the hang of it you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Daz Type-R

Hi Darren welcome to the forum.

 

Hope you have managed to get set up and sorted.

 

Clear skies,

 

Darren.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.