SolarQuest review

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SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:59 pm

The new Sky-Watcher SolarQuest is a great AZ mount for outreach

I used it today for the first time and it is a great performer for little money. The sun stayed dead centre for 4h after first alignment

Check out a few images below and a YouTube video as well


Sky-Watcher SolarQuest Mount | Pedro RE' (20181002)

Pointing to the Sun Automatically

1. Turn on power. The SolarQuest will level the solar telescope automatically and then takes up to 2 minute to acquire GPS lock before the next movement.
2. The SolarQuest will bring the solar telescope to the elevation of the Sun and starts slewing in clockwise in the azimuth direction to search for the Sun.
3. The red LED will blink slowly during the search and becomes solid after the SolarQuest mount locates the Sun successfully.
4. Use the 8-way slide switch to centre the Sun in the FOV of the eyepiece. It is normal to find lags in movement when switching to an opposite direction.

Tips:
• Before turning on power, point the solar telescope to the left side of the Sun can reduce the searching time.
• Use a long focal length eyepiece (eg. 20mm) to start observing.

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SolarQuest is user-friendly and provides safe experience while observing the sun. Using Skywatcher’s revolutionary technology “Heliofind”, it can be easily operated by anyone, with just a push of a button, SolarQuest will start slewing in clockwise in the azimuth direction to search for the sun!
If the tripod is moved by accident, users can easily restart, and it will quickly find the sun.

- Built in GPS & 3 axis accelerator enhance the accuracy of alignment
- Automatic solar alignment
- Light weight
- Beginner friendly
- Eight-way slide switch provides smooth slewing to centre the sun in the eyepiece

Specifications:
Tripod Height 1.3 m
Tripod Weight 2.4 kg
Power Supply 8 "AA" Size Batteries
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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by MalVeauX » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:27 pm

Thanks for the overview! Looks like a nice little portable alt az tracking mount in general. The SW AZ GTi GoTo with a solar tracker basically. That's pretty cool. Would likely be great for full disc imaging too, eclipses, etc, with smaller scales. Also great for nighttime use too.

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:47 pm

Thanks Marty

It is a great mount and the Heliofind works flawlessly. It is impressive what this little mount can do for less than 400 US$

It is great for solar outreach sessions and solar eclipses as well

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by MalVeauX » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:33 pm

I was looking at the standard version of this mount for simple observation with a small scope even. Getting it with a sun tracking module just puts the icing on the cake. I'll eventually get one I think! Super portable!

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by eroel » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:19 pm

Pedro:
Thanks for the super review of the little mount.
The only problem for solar imaging would be the image rotation when making long recordings.
For outreach use it is super.
Fuerte abrazo,
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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:19 pm

Thanks Eric

You're right, but with videos of about 10s maybe it will be OK

It tracks the sun like a charm

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by FlankerOneTwo » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:05 am

Has anyone tried the field de-rotation feature in AutoStakkert? Seems like it should be able to compensate, however I've never tried it (don't have an alt-az mount).

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by Montana » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:29 am

Thanks for a great review! It looks very similar to my Merlin mount I use for the PST and travelling with which I really love. Pity I don't have a solar tracker on it as well :)

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by ffellah » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:19 am

Hi Pedro: thank you for the detailed report on this mount. It sure looks like a very good value for the money.

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by marktownley » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:33 pm

Looks good Pedro!
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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:33 pm

Tried the SolarQuest today for the first time with cloudy skies. The sun stayed in the field of view for about 4h but tracking was less accurate. Still works though with cloudy skies


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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by marktownley » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:56 pm

How does it track in cloudy skies Pedro?
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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:10 am

It tracks Ok Mark

It helps to cover the solar sensor if it is very cloudy. To track the Sun the mount has to detect our star at least once.

Here are a a few images of my grab and go solar scopes to use with the SolarQuest mount

1- FS60C, Coronado SM60, Coronado BF10, Lunt Zoom eyepiece
2- Baader Vario Finder (10x60), Coronado SM40, Coronado BF10, Lunt Zoom eyepiece

Imagetaka_FS60C_SM40_BF10_20181014-09 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagetaka_FS60C_SM40_BF10_20181014-05 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagetaka_FS60C_SM40_BF10_20181014-04 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagetaka_FS60C_SM40_BF10_20181014-01 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagebaader_vario_finder_10X60_SM40_BF10_20181014-06 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagebaader_vario_finder_10X60_SM40_BF10_20181014-04 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

Imagebaader_vario_finder_10X60_SM40_BF10_20181014-02 by Pedro Ré, on Flickr

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by marktownley » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:22 am

It just carries on tracking when the sensor is covered then Pedro?
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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by bart1805 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Came across this one, so it is not mine. Could save you some money if you are interested in the mount.
https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=14205

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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by pedro » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:26 pm

Yes Mark, It tracks fine with the sensor covered. However the mount has to find the sun ate least once to star tracking

It does a decent job even with the sensor covered


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Re: SolarQuest review

Post by bart1805 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:11 pm

pedro wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Bart: I guess you were referring to this add

https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propvie ... iew=142055
Sorry, you are right!
Thanks Pedro.

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