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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking



    If you leave it tracking in the west overnight, the scope will follow the object below the horizon. Rotation of Earth and whatnot.

    If you leave it overnight like that, might be a better idea to start off low in the east...
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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I have one of those, and it works great.

    I doubt your mount is defective, given your indoor experiment. You've gotta be missing something.

    Mine is so old that I don't know where the manual is, so I'll just offer my comment from experience...

    I'm going to assume that you entered your local latitude. You should only have to do it once, but it won't hurt to make darn sure it's still in memory and correct.

    When the scope is parked and the power is off, place the mount generally pointing northward. (I sit mine within a couple of degrees, but that's just because I'm a nit about such things.) Loosen the clutches (mount still off) and center Polaris. Lock both clutches and turn the mount on.

    Now, when you want to view an object, leave the mount on and loosen both clutches to swing the scope to the new target. Tighten both clutches and the mount will track. Remember that the encoders on each axis are following your move... if you left the power on.

    Now for your tabletop issue...

    Just build one of these for $20. Mine sits on that dumb-looking stool all the time. Works great.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Hello,

    Thanks for all the help. As typical, the night after I originally posted, the scope actually tracks. Whereas before it wasn't. What I do now is the following:
    1. With the mount switch off. Level mount, point the scope to Polaris so that it is dead centre in eyepiece.
    2. Set scope to 0 degrees. Switch mount on.
    3. (Which I can probably ignore but I'll do anyway) point scope back up to Polaris and hit buttons 2+3 at same time to set latitude.
    4. move scope to point to wherever I want, tighten the clutches and leave it.

    As for tabletop, I was looking for a replacement table, one with four legs instead of the central pole type we have. Found one in ikea,....but decided that the missus needed a replacement set of drawers for the bedroom and so that got bought instead! Whilst we were there I picked up a cheap metal bin (Knodd) which works great. It's placed upside down, is stable and the mount just about fits on top. (It's a lot more stable than the current patio table!)

    Ideally I'd like to mount the mount on a tripod, if only to actually raise the thing up further off the ground. Whilst looking via the diagonal or, if I have the camera attached, it's screen isn't a problem, it's the looking through the RDF that, quite frankly, is doing my back and neck in. If there was a diagonal for that, I'd be happy.
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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Yes that's the kind of thing I was after but I need it a tad taller. I'll have a look around. As I said I haven't got a problem with the Eyepiece or camera viewing, it's the damned RDF that is too low for me. (Hence why I want height)

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    See that rectangular "box" on top of the scope in the second pic? That's a Rigel Quick Finder.
    Rigel Systems Quick Finder 1x Finder - R-CRS

    Just get one and be done with it.

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    The tightening knob/screw, used to secure/tighten the scope in the v-groove of the mount, that knob/screw needs to point downwards in the northern hemisphere. At least it does in mine. If that knob points up, it doesn't track. The scope fits the mount either way. But only one way works.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Hello all,

    A quick update.

    Firstly the scope is tracking brilliantly now. I haven't really changed how I set it up. I've had a go with using the camera bracket that comes with the scope. It works very well and setup is just as simple. It tracks beautifully.

    I did try the suggestion that fit made above regarding the knob to secure the scope in the dovetail pointing down rather than up. I don't think. It makes any difference. I originally had it pointing down but every video I've seen has it pointing up. So I guess it's up to whatever your personal preference is. Personally I prefer up as it's easier to get to. (There are 4 pointers on that cylindrical part that points to the degree markings so either way, you're still going to get it level to 0degrees)

    I've now attached the mount to the tripod of the EQ2 mount my Meade Polaris 114 came with. One m10 bolt, 2 washers and nuts and the virtuoso scope has legs that give me a tad more height and is much more stable than being placed on a table. (I.e. No wobbles!)

    I have looked at the suggestion Lowjiber made with regards to replacing the RDF with Rigel systems quick finder. Not sure if that would solve my problem. The RDF works fine. I just wanted to be able to have a "diagonal" so I didn't have to bend double to look through it. I'll have to look into that finder that was suggested a tad more to see exactly how it works and differs.

 

 
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