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    Default Clock drive mount for 35mm cameras



    Can anyone point me in the direction of the website that was selling a
    dedicated clock drive & tripod for small telescopes/35mm cameras? I think
    they were being sold for around £100-125.

    Cheers

    Martin



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    "Martin" <nospam@nospam.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
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    Something like this?
    <http://www.scopeoptics.com/Orion_Mini_EQ_Scope_Camera_Mount.html>

    Otherwise you could consider a small motorized german equatorial mount but
    cost will be sensibly higher. Or if you like DIY, google for "barndoor
    tracker", like this one: http://www.cloudbait.com/projects/barndoor.html
    Clear skies,

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    Default Clock drive mount for 35mm cameras

    Beta Persei wrote:

    or in UK:

    http://www.scsastro.co.uk/it040048.htm

    for £55. Actually, I was also interested. Does anyone have any good
    experience with this? Is it possible to get decent results with it or
    it's just a "toy" and you really need a decent equatorial mount? It
    looks great to travel light with just the camera in places wher light
    pollution is not as bad as where I live!

    Philippe

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    Martin <nospam@nospam.com> wrote:

    http://www.beaconhilltelescopes.mcmail.com/

    Best,
    Stephen

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    Philippe Gautier wrote:
    I've been a bit too quick: I see you have to add £45 for the motor.

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    "Philippe Gautier" <Philippe.Gautier@nospamhgu.mrc.ac.uk> ha scritto nel
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    Haven't you said in the £100-125 range? 55+45=£100
    or in Italy:
    http://www.astrotech.it/italiano/pro.../montature.htm
    62 euro+56 euro = 118 euro / 1.45 = £82
    As for performances of mini-EQ, I can't say anything. Never tested. I built
    up my own barndoor tracker and was happy with it. Then I moved to piggy-back
    photography with Vixen SP mount.
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    Hi there Martin,

    Beacon Hill Telescopes have a suitable electrically driven unit for less
    than £130.

    http://www.beaconhilltelescopes.mcma...pricelist.html

    Look for Driven Camera Mount about 1/2 way down the page.

    I've used one for over 3 years now and can confirm it is nicely put
    together.

    regards

    Robert
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    I bought (secondhand) a unit that fits this description. It contains
    a black plastic box that takes 12v in and powers a 240volt AC motor
    that is geared down.
    Inside is what appears to be a variable frequency oscillator with
    a small adjustment range, that can be altered through a small hole
    in the bottom of the box.
    You attach the camera to a ball-joint that is connected to the motor
    by a 6-inch drive shaft.

    I have been able to get shots of about 1 minute using a 35mm F/L
    lens on a DSLR. There are two drawbacks:
    - the internal oscillator has a temperature dependency and takes
    a little tweaking to get it to track accurately, and
    - my ability to polar align by sighting along the drive shaft
    or placing a laser beside it, is a bit rough

    It's OK within its limitations but is not capable of taking
    multi-minute exposures at high focal lengths. If you want something better
    there's always the Kenko Skymemmo for 750 quid

    Pete

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    In message <4314d792$1_3@mk-nntp-2.news.uk.tiscali.com>, Martin
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    I bought a "Micro Star-Drive" from Astro Engineering at the 2004
    Astrofest, but I've so far not used it (don't ask).
    I see they have now withdrawn it (does anyone know why?) but it looks a
    very solid piece of kit and it's still available from many dealers, such
    as Green Witch and Sherwoods.
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    "Martin" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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    Thanks for all the links. Looks like a few options.

    Martin



 

 

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