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Model: sw_star_discovery_wifi_mountPart Number: 20319
The highly portable Sky-Watcher STAR DISCOVERY Alt-Azimuth Mount, with the Synscan™ Wi-Fi module, has been designed to be controlled wirelessly with your Smartphone or Tablet, using the free SynScan App for iOS or Android.
The supplied Wi-Fi module creates it’s very own Wi-Fi network, so the mount can be used anywhere, without any reliance on other WiFi networks. After entering your coordinates into the App and following a simple alignment procedure, you are ready to explore the universe using the App’s intuitive touchscreen menu. The SynScan App provides full computerised GO-TO control to the mount, allowing your telescope to be automatically slewed to any one of the objects in the App’s extensive database of 10,000+ celestial objects.
Incorporates Sky-Watcher’s Freedom-Find™ patented Dual-Encoder Technology, which allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.
The mount is quiet in operation, has a payload capacity of up to 5kg and accepts telescopes with a standard 45mm Skywatcher/Celestron/Vixen-style dovetail bar.
That's my 2nd StarDiscovery mount. So I've already had some experience with the software & the payload capacity. It was used with the whole assortment of scopes I own - up to my C8 workhorse and it's 2" equipment.Therefore I felt confident when I ordered the mount together with an 6.5 kg OTA Startravel 150/750.The secret: Most are not aware that the FLO advertized payload capacity of 5 kg is 1.5 kg less than that of an identical mount from the same factory, labeled & sold by an also respectable US retailer brand. But be careful too: The lever introduced by the telescope tube length matters more than it's weight when working at the mounts limits.The short Startravel OTA is therefore carried w/o any problems within the mounts specs - albeit better for imaging, because dampening times are not hampered by focussing. When used visually & when imaging the mount purs steadily and is well suited for EAA and lucky imaging with IMX290 type CMOS cameras.There is a trick w/ alignment:If your choosen alignment routine doesn't allow you to center on one of the offered alignment stars (because of blocking buildings etc.) then choose any of the stars from the much larger list, press Goto and align w/ the motor controls until the star is centered in your eyepiece. Then take another star and repeat. Check with a Goto to any previous selection.And another trick for those who keep their mount at a fixed place (say indoors & watching thru an open window):Use the hibernation function to store the current position of the mount for your next days session. When again switched on, all previous made alignment steps are preserved and the time lapsed properly calculated.CS,Peter
Before that I've had regular Explorer 130P, which is a good tube, but this 130PDS feels so much more serious. A pleasant OTA for a tiny cost.
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