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New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:04 pm
by c8er
Has anyone tried the new Skywatcher Solarquest mount, which claims to find and track the sun automatically? If it works as advertised its inbuilt solar auto-guiding/tracking could make it a useful mount for lightweight solar setups (stated load capacity of 4kgs).

Link here to APM telescope's webpage for the product (Skywatcher USA don't seem to have it listed but Skywatcher Europe, Canada, and Australia do).
https://www.apm-telescopes.de/en/mounts ... nt--tripod

Cheers,
Chris Morriss

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:15 pm
by pedro
It seems interesting for outreach.

more info at:

http://ca.skywatcher.com/product/product/solarquest/

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:06 am
by ffellah
Interesting that someone thought about it...

Franco

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:02 am
by c8er
Agena Astro have asked Skywatcher USA if they will be selling it, and told me the answer was, no they won't.

Chris M

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:04 pm
by marktownley
I wonder if it will stop tracking when the sun goes behind a cloud?

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:43 pm
by pedro
I ordered one and I guess I will have it this week. I will keep you guys posted.

For 300 euros it is difficult to ask for more

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:35 pm
by marktownley
That was my thought too Pedro, I quite fancy the idea of something for quick grab and go full disks that I can just carry the scope and mount out in one go (in between the clouds!) - be interesting how you get on Pedro. You don't have clouds where you are very often so give it a try covering the sensor with your hand and see if it stops tracking for me.

The only other thing that concerns me is payload, not sure it would take my 60mm scope with DS 50mm etalons on...

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:05 pm
by bart1805
The answer is in the manual:
2.3 Envioremental Influence
1. Clouds, especially thick or low clouds might reduce the accuracy of auto-pointing. They might also lead to visible drift of the Sun in the eyepiece while the SolarQuest is tracking the Sun.
2. Strong reflected light, which happens to appear within the SolarQuest’s searching path, can terminate the auto-pointing routine unexpectedly.

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:37 am
by marktownley
Thanks Bart, I thought that might be the case.

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:53 am
by pedro
The payload is 4Kg, I guess it will hold your 60mm scope Mark

http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/spotting ... mount.html

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:28 pm
by pedro
My solarquest mount arrived today. Unfortunately I will not be able to use it during the next weekend

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:29 pm
by pedro

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:54 am
by pedro

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:09 pm
by pedro
Ré, P. (2018). Sky-Watcher SolarQuest Mount. PDF

http://www.astrosurf.com/re/solarquest_ ... 181008.pdf