New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

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New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by c8er » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:04 pm

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

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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by ffellah » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:06 am

Interesting that someone thought about it...

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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by c8er » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:02 am

Agena Astro have asked Skywatcher USA if they will be selling it, and told me the answer was, no they won't.

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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by marktownley » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:04 pm

I wonder if it will stop tracking when the sun goes behind a cloud?
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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by pedro » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:43 pm

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

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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by marktownley » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:35 pm

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...
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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by bart1805 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:05 pm

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.

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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by marktownley » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:37 am

Thanks Bart, I thought that might be the case.
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Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Post by pedro » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:28 pm

My solarquest mount arrived today. Unfortunately I will not be able to use it during the next weekend
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