Setting up a SkyWatcher Mount with ASCOM Platform and EQMOD

The ASCOM Platform is the Swiss-Army Knife of software control for your various pieces of astrophotography kit – from mounts, to focusers, to dew heaters and even powered observatory roofs. For us more modest amateurs though, the most important element that ASCOM needs to control, and usually the only required element,  is the mount. This … Continue reading Setting up a SkyWatcher Mount with ASCOM Platform and EQMOD

My equipment

2018 (Current) Mount SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro with EQ6 8in extension pier and Altair TMS Dual Losmandy Side-By-Side mounting plate. QHYCCD Polemaster Pegasus Pocket Power Box (for dew heater power and control, power 183C TEC cooling and Pegasus Motor Control) Telescopes Ostara HR152 Achromat Refractor with Pegasus Motor Focus Controller and Kendrick Dew Heater Altair Starwave … Continue reading My equipment

The basics: How to set up your equatorial mount and polar align with a Polemaster

For long exposures (of which I’ll take to mean over 1 minute in length for any length telescope), setting up your mount correctly – before you even place a telescope on it – is vital. Heck, even battling against a Go-To is made easier if you setup your mount correctly in the first place. And … Continue reading The basics: How to set up your equatorial mount and polar align with a Polemaster