Monday, January 20, 2014

Canon T5i with Orion EQ-1 Mount (Dry Run) Gear Update

Orion 9011 EQ-1 Equatorial Telescope Mount
This is my final setup with my Canon T5i mounted to the Orion EQ-1 with motor drive

Orion 9011 EQ-1 Equatorial Telescope Mount
Another view of the same setup

orion EQ-1 mount with sheet
I originally put a sheet down over the balcony so I wouldn't lose any screws through the boards (it's happened before) but the wind made the sheet more of a hazard than a help.

Orion 7826 EQ-1M Electronic Telescope Drive
The Orion 7826 EQ-1M Electronic Telescope Drive

orion mount leg lock bolt
My mount was missing one leg lock bolt when I got it out of the package. After a few emails back and forth with Orion, they said they will send me one, so now I'm just waiting on that!

By the time I got set up, I realized I didn't have my camera in focus, and the clouds were rolling in. Next time I'll get into focus on a regular tripod, because it's difficult to swing this thing around to the right spot (especially since I have to disengage the motor to turn the RA arm or risk damaging the motor). I'm very anxious moving this thing around, I definitely don't feel confident using it, and I wish I was learning in warmer weather on solid ground and not up on a balcony. I wish I had a house with a backyard!

ear muffs and touch screen gloves
On a lighter note, my behind the head ear muffs and touch-screen gloves are coming in really handy! Gotta love new gear, especially 50% off after the holidays.

orion mount leg lock knob screw
Woohoo! Replacement leg lock knob came today. I appreciate the free replacement since my mount only came with two. Thanks Orion!

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