Mounts - Frank Johns

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Astro Kit

Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro

TheSW EQ6-R Pro is mounted on a homemade steel pier.
This mount replaced my Losmandy G11.
Control is via GSS control software through NINA.

Skywatcher Skymax 127 Synscan AZ
This mount is used for outreach work, often with the National Trust, but also with scouts/schools/etc.

Vixen Polarie
The Vixen Polarie is a replacement for the Astrotrac. It is compact and relatively light and so ideal for taking on trips overseas and where space/weight is limited.
The fairly heavy duty camera tripod was modified to enable reasonably fine adjustment to the pointing of the Polarie. As I already had a Canon right-angle eyepiece unit, a connector was made to mount this on the polar finderscope, which saves getting a crick in the neck. The red dot finder allows for very quick rough polar alignment and is then transferred to the camera for more accurate target alignment.
The thing which looks like a lens hood is in fact a homemade muff which will carry 1, 2 or 3 hand warmers to combat dew. Made of wetsuit neoprene it performs very well.
As far as performance is concerned with a wide angle lens on the camera, exposures of 10-15 minutes without star trailiing are perfectly possible.
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