The Sky-Watcher Polar axis finder scope speeds up and refines the polar alignment procedure so the observer can spend more valuable time observing, rather than setting up.
This latest version is usable in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They are also direct replacements for the Polar Alignment Scopes supplied with the HEQ5 and EQ6 mounts.
|Average Rating (12 Reviews): |
Wednesday, 15 September 2021 | Andrew
A great polar alignment scope. The reticle is very sharp and clear and the view also has a date chart to show which of the three circles to place Polaris over several years. I highly recommend downloading the free Polar Clock app by Zsolt Naggy off Google play as it shows the new Skywatcher polar reticle and Polaris' position. When the scope was fitted to my mount the reicle needed hardly any alignment, just one grub screw need a 1/8 turn. I highly recommend this Polar Scope.
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 | Colin
Super fine display allowing spot on alignment of Polaris on the appropriate circle. So far Ive been able to double my exposure lengths without drift or star elongation using a 1000mm lens on a DSLR
Excellent service and great product
Thursday, 6 August 2020 | Ed
Excellent service from FLO regarding my questions about the product (so much better than original and easy to install/setup), and delivery concerns (Canada Post delay in customs ugh). I will purchase again from FLO!
like a circle in a circle--how true
Monday, 13 July 2020 | Garreth
Hello staff-thank you so much for your kind-speedy help in getting this to me. first class product-quality-price and nearly turn-around delivery time. pity there is not 3,000,000. more like you-we would not be in a mess economically.
kind regards-keep up the very good work--Garreth
Thursday, 11 April 2019 | Matthew
New polar scope engraving with this product makes polar alignment very easy. Etched reticle looks like a clock face. Skywatcher synscan handset tells you where to put polaris on the hour angle of the reticle, during start up. Much easier than before, and no need to dial in date and time above polar axis scope at the rear of the mount. Finely etched laser reticle with position for polaris to year 2032. Fast next day delivery, as usual from steve and the team at FLO.
Sunday, 27 January 2019 | Nicolas
Sirve para polo norte y sur. Super facil de utilizar en el polo sur. Antes me costaba dejar alineada la montura. Ahora en 10 minutos la dejo ok. Envio a chile muy rapido y sin problemas. Excelente embalaje.
Replacement Polar Scope-Just the Ticket
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | Stephen
I purchased the EQ-5 version of SkyWatcher's polar scope to replace the older Celestron polar scope in my CG-5 mount. The item was dispatched quickly and arrived the following day, excellent service by FLO. The latest SkyWatcher polar scopes have an improved polar reticule which makes alignment much easier and more accurate. I like to capture Ha images using a modified Canon DSLR and 135mm lens at f/2 and the polar alignment accuracy afforded by the SkyWatcher polar scope easily allows 5+ minutes of unguided exposures.
Saturday, 28 April 2018 | Mr
Without this I wouldn't be able to get 50-60 second exposures. They're a bit fiddly to use, getting on hands and knees but once you get used to the routine, it's fine.
Tuesday, 6 February 2018 | Nigel
Very quick delivery at a great price. Make sure you read Astro-Baby's instructions on use and alignment as there are no instructions with the package http://www.astro-baby.com/HEQ5/HEQ5-1.htm
Saturday, 19 December 2015 | Neil
I knew I needed better polar alignment to improve my photos, but I dreaded the actual process of setting as every tutorial on the web made it seem like a mission.
Not so, the new style reticle (which I wasn't expecting) makes it easy. First time out you need to centralise the polarscope - best done in daylight on a distant object.
To do the actual alignment roughly align the scope by eye so you can see polaris through the polarscope, and turn the mount until one of the X-lines is horizontal.
Using Jason dale's PolarFinder you can find out where on the 'clock' polaris should be, and a little table in the scope itself tells you which ring of the polar finder to use. The only thing is that the polarscope has more divisions than the computer program - if the program can be made more precise then you will be able to align even better.
Just adjust the mount up and down and left to right until polaris is where Polarfinder says it should be. It takes about a minute to do.
I am only taking fairly short images, up to 3 minutes so far, but since getting the polarscope I haven't lost a single image to start trailing or even oval stars because of bad alignment, and haven't needed to delve into the arcane practice of drift alignment..
It does help to have a illuminator though, I made one (I used a red torch shone across the end the first few times) but if you aren't confident to do this, it will be worth buying one.
Summary: the new style reticle takes all the guesswork and calculation out of polar alignment, and the much finer engraving ensures accuracy.
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