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Need advice as regards EQ3 PRO synscan goto mount taking a 12 inch telescope

Need advice as regards EQ3 PRO synscan goto mount taking a 12 inch telescope

Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:54 pm

I am looking at the moment into buying a new telescope a 12 inch either refractor or another reflector where i can go between both observing and astrophotography what i am wondering is would the EQ3 Pro synscan goto mount be able take a 12 inch refractor or reflector telescope weight?

Do i i need to go for something like another EQ PRO synscan mount such as a HEQ5 to take the weight of something bigger ?

I am looking into getting rid of in the future my 6inc newtonian reflector and go for a new telescope, i cannot keep old mount that is broken nor the telescope due to lack of room in my parents house.

Also i have gone back into researching the different mirrors followed by pros and cons of things i need to watch out for when comes to doing both observing and astrophotography if i need a bask mask aswell to go on back of reflector or refractor when comes to astrophotography.

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  • Samantha Hawke
    Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:58 pm

    Thank you Kate and Allan for the advice on this .

    I am thinking of going wide field so i can get both of the planets and deep sky but if there is only one way of choice then i have to think long inc hard on what i really want to do.
    So the payloads has to be if i go for bigger inch telescope i would most def need the HEQ5 or the NEQ6.

    What i will do is cancel my order for the EQ3 Pro get the money either back or use it to go towards one of these mounts from the company i am getting it from.

  • AllanJ
    Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:53 am

    Sam, for imaging you need to think whether you want to concentrate on wide field or planetary. Widefield - maybe something like an 80ED refractor, or for a smaller field of view perhaps an SCT, and for an imaging mount you really need at least the equivalent of an HEQ5, or NEQ6, as Kate says, for more payload. You can still put your relector on those mounts, I guess. Allan

  • revandBellman
    Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:08 am

    Hello Sam, I think for a 12 inch scope you need something larger like the NEQ6, I think the largest you can get on an EQ3 would be a 6 inch.

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