It took me a couple of years to capture this image, seeking to have a back lit image with the monoliths that are the Pinnacles. I believe the "figure 8" technique would only work if I did so whilst it was attached to the OTA, which would take some doing on a dobsonian. Powered by Invision Community. The Sky-Watcher EQ3 Upgrade Kit for GOTO upgrades the standard (non-PRO) mountings to a computerised GO-TO model. To upgrade a DOB Traditional, DOB Collapsible, or Newtonian reflector telescope with a SynScan Dob GOTO upgrade kit. I've seen brackets that will hold a smartphone to a scope, but I'm not sure its sensors would be precise enough for push-to. Those who have clear skies be sure to check it out. To put that OTA on an equitorial mount would mean an NEQ6 at least which is in effect £1K. It's located around 370km north of Perth. I have phone ( Note) ready to go with a jerry rigged set up - car luggage strap holding OTA polysyerene packing onto it, with non slip mat between and cut out ready to hold phone into packing with tape ( have checked phone touch still works thru clear tape.) The image received an APOD twice. Copyright © 2019 Stargazers Lounge It may not get the object dead centre in a high mag eyepiece but if it's there or about I am happy to do the final bit manually. I also tried skeye..made an extra mount for it on my truss tube.. but, it is just soo twitchy and inaccurate, i also tweaked all the, the only real thing that works is a good setting circle and a digital. It's easy! For this image I wanted to create the feeling of being within the enormity of the stars. I promise will find every object, every time using stellarium, (making sure your coords and time are set correctly..), You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Michael Goh is a full-time photographer located in Western Australia primarily capturing astrophotography, commercial, portrait, time-lapse, photospheres, event, video and aerial work. Just need a clear night to try it out, last night was due to be clear but clouded over. Sky-Watcher EQ3 Upgrade Kit for GO-TO. I had lying around one of those armband phone holders that joggers use and with some minor alterations to lengthen the strap I have found that this is absolutely ideal for holding the phone firmly to the tube. WIN AN ESPRIT WORTH $3499!! The Deep Sky Tour function suggests a list of the most interesting deep sky object so even the inexperienced astronomer can easily observe faint objects with a touch of a button. Those who have clear skies be sure to check it out. inclinometer..and then make sure the scope is super level. All Sky-Watcher products have a 5 year manufacturer warranty (not transferable). Thus my skepticism. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy. Moon luminosity around 39%. His site does say to try and use a holder that keeps it away from the OTA for exactly this reason + one of the posters has found that using a non slip mat between phone and OTA helps. A large cairn is standing on Bilya rock - it's reputed to have been placed there by John Forrest in the 1870s. Is there? ... Be the first to review “EQ3 Upgrade Kit for GOTO”. OK - managed a field test last night, full details below but in summary – based on what we did it works well enough for us, not 100% accurate but gets you to having object in finderscope and we can go from there ourselves. The salt lake is only a few inches deep so can readily stand in it. Based on what I have read I'm not surpised you had issues with it held straight onto steel OTA. Hundreds of limestone pillars up to 3.5m tall, scatter the desert landscape. Did 'figure of 8' move to sort magnetic field distortions right by where phone will be held. Used ‘push to’ for Pliédies – again there but toward bottom. Dobsonian Upgrade Kits for GOTO. Under its Sky-Watcher brand name, the China-based company promises to deliver a 12.5-inch GoTo Dobsonian for one–quarter the price. I can also confirm that if your OTA is made of steel then don't waste your time. He has appeared in numerous publications including photography magazines and science books and periodicals. Used ‘push to’ for back to Jupiter – again slightly off to the bottom , which seems odd as we used it as the first alignment object, but the system is using averaging. Motorizing what is, at heart, a nonprecision telescope design and having it slew to and track objects accurately is no small task. Taken in 2015 – on a perfectly calm night you can stand still and all the stars will reflect in the water around you. Then along comes Synta. Sky-Watcher Flextube 250 Dobsonian 10-inch Collapsible Large Aperture Telescope – Portable, Easy to Use, Perfect for Beginners, White/Black (S11720) 4.0 out of 5 stars 64 Orion SkyQuest XT8 Plus Dobsonian Reflector Telescope