Sky-Watcher Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount - General Experiences

How I Came to Own a GoTo Mount | Makes GoTo Stupid? | Some Amenities | Preliminary Conclusions | Links

In preparation/Translation in preparation

On this page, I present (and will present) some general experiences and thoughts with my new AZ GoTo mount (since July 2016). It has the long name Sky-Watcher Star Discovery AZ GoTo Telescope Mount and thus, is an azimuthal mount. I use the Sky-Watcher Heritage 100P, P130, and the Skymax-102 OTA tubes on this mount.

See also: Sky-Watcher Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount Information - Sky-Watcher Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount - Experiences

 

How I Came to Own a GoTo Mount

After I had owned a Bresser telescope, purchased from ALDI, for some time (I do even no longer know whether it was a telescope or a refractor...), I got interested in the Meade ETX-90EC, a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope, particularly thanks to Michael Weasner's great website (no longer active). In the spring of 1999, I had the opportunity to buy an ETX and an Autostar computer at the Pittsburgh airport (I had speculated on this ...), did so, and had to pay a lot of taxes at the customs (a special experience!). Later, I bought a table stand to use the telescope's tracking and GoTo features, but, for various reasons, this did not work out. Instead, I used the ETX like a Dobsonian telescope, and later I stayed with this principle. My first Dobsonian telescope, a 10" Meade Lightbridge truss Dobsonian was an addition in 2009, and shortly thereafter and in the same year, I sold my ETX. The total eclipse of the sun in 1999 was certainly the absolute highlight in its "career" here.

Already when using the ETX, which magnifies quite a lot because of its long focal length, I noticed that sky objects quickly disappear from the field of view without automatic tracking. The same accounts, of course, for the later "large" telescopes that I own. Especially disturbing was when I wanted to show something to my wife, and she was not fast enough at the telescope to see it, too... In 2016, I revived the idea of​​ automatic tracking although I had failed miserably with the ETX, as written above... This time, I decided to buy a Sky-Watcher Virtuoso mount (AZ mount, tracking only, but can be upgraded to GoTo quite expensively; my version came with a 4.5" Dobsonian tube) - and failed again. The control went "crazy ", I do not know why, and so I decided to part with it. Thereafter, I asked myself whether I would go for a second try or try the similar Merlin control, searched for further AZ mounts and finally asked a dealer. He suggested to buy the Sky-Watcher Star Discovery AZ GoTo mount, which can carry up to 5 kg - weight was also important for me - and GoTo was already included. Now the question was, whether the device can also "easily" track sky objects. The answer was "yes." But I've only worked with GoTo so far - that's the curse of technology...

In the end, I acquired a GoTo control because I wanted to have automatic tracking and also a mount that can carry more than 2 kg of weight. The Virtuoso mount is said to be able to carry 4 kg load in Europe, but in the US, the Sky-Watcher Websites urge you, not to go above 2 kg load...

So now I own a GoTo control, use it from time to time, that is, if the effort is worth it and I am at home and not on the road (there I use the Heritage 100P). And even despite partially frustrating experiences at the beginning (which will surely repeat...), I would not want to give away the GoTo control anymore - only for a better exchange or for one, which can also carry a 6" tube.

 

Makes GoTo Stupid?

In preparation

...

 

Some Amenities (and Frustrations)...

In preparation

...

 

Preliminary Conclusions

In preparation

...

 

Links

 

An den Anfang   Homepage  

gerd (at) waloszek (dot) de

About me
made by walodesign on a mac!
23.03.2017