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    Default SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking



    Hello..again,

    given that its our anniversary in about a week's time, the missus let me choose whether to buy a better mount for my Meade Polaris 114 OR a different scope all together.

    From my previous post, I know that really need a better mount but decided that that can wait until I actually have room..and the cash to buy an EQ5 mount and the motors to go with it.

    So instead, I decided upon getting the Skywatcher heritage 90 virtuoso. I chose this as it's smaller, has auto tracking, a different scope type (Camera attaches with zero issues and even without a barlow I can focus on stars, something I had serious problems with on the Meade) AND I can take this with me when we go away on holiday.

    Anyway, enough backstory. The problem I have is that I can't seem to get the mount to track. At all. Even when setup according to the manual, various posts or youtube videos, the scope does not track. I can slew the scope perfectly well using the arrow keys but the scope will not track automatically as it is supposed to do. I've tried for 3 days. For example, I've set it up in the morning, set it to a specific point and left it. only to find 3 hours later that it hasn't moved a single degree. I'm not sure what i'm doing wrong. Anyone here with the same (or similar) mount that can offer advice? (Apart from you should have gotten the EQ5!)

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I do not personally have the mount. I do have a similar 90Mak that is very good on the brighter planets. I have seen the mount in operation with a DSLR attached for wide field AP, there was no scope on the mount at the time. It tracked well for that purpose. Can't give any help for the mount, but if it is new and you can't get it working properly, hopefully you can return it.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I forgot to add, if I had the 90 Virtuoso, I would also have an ST80 (GREAT scope) to ride on the mount. The 90Mak for planetary, small bright DSOs, and splitting doubles; the ST80 for wide field and everything else. I have this duo for a great grab and go set up that is very capable at a dark site and so easy to get it there.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I'm sure you check on this, but is there a clutch to tighten?

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    hello. yes. two clutches. both tightened. (It makes no apparent difference whether they're loose or tight)

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I'm going to try again, tonight. I've seen some vids and read some posts that say simply to point the scope to Polaris and switching the mount on.

    Well that'd be good, I've got clear skies...apart from, at the time of posting, the cloud stubbornly floating in front of polaris :/
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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Nope. Made no difference. Focused on Merak in ursa major, after setting up via Polaris and watched said star drift away, with the scope making zero attempt at tracking. I have tried this now with my Panasonic G7 attached and with just a plain 25mm eyepiece. Both show drift and no tracking. The mount is in its auto track mode. It defaults to this each time you switch it on. (It beeps constantly and does its double flashing of the buttons.)

    The scope, a 90Mak, is great. I just wish the damned mount would do as it is supposed to.

    ....oh and I really need to get a tripod to mount the mount on to. Tabletop viewing is too low for me. Perhaps I should have gone for the EQ3-2 mount instead :/

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Quote Originally Posted by Skutterdan View Post
    Nope. Made no difference. Focused on Merak in ursa major, after setting up via Polaris and watched said star drift away, with the scope making zero attempt at tracking. I have tried this now with my Panasonic G7 attached and with just a plain 25mm eyepiece. Both show drift and no tracking. The mount is in its auto track mode. It defaults to this each time you switch it on. (It beeps constantly and does its double flashing of the buttons.)

    The scope, a 90Mak, is great. I just wish the damned mount would do as it is supposed to.

    ....oh and I really need to get a tripod to mount the mount on to. Tabletop viewing is too low for me. Perhaps I should have gone for the EQ3-2 mount instead :/
    I'd return the Virtuoso and get the EQ3-2 and a single axis drive. It is SO much more capable of a mount, there are a lot of scopes that will ride well on the EQ mount. It is essentially the same as my CG4 which is a real work horse of a mount for the money. I would opt for a 4" short refractor over the 90Mak, it will show you much, much more. If a refractor just isn't your bag, then as a viable option I would consider a 6" SCT.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    I might just do that. I'm going to give it a few more goes and a bit more research before I faff about going through the returns process. But first, I'm going to set it up and leave it running overnight and see if there is any movement when I wake up.

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    Default Re: SkyWatcher Virtuoso tracking

    Update:

    So last night, I setup the scope in the front room, behind the sofa. I did the initial setup, by pointing north etc... I then moved the scope to point west and up at a 45 degree angle.

    I then left it overnight.

    8 hours later the scope is now pointing north and down from +45 degrees to about -15.

    Now i'm wondering if i've set the mount up wrong and it's in some sort of southern hemisphere mode? (even though I've set it up according to the northern hemisphere instructions!)

 

 
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