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Skywatcher SynScan Pro v3 GOTO Upgrade Kits

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Model:  20107
Brand:  Skywatcher

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Skywatcher SynScan Pro v3 GOTO Upgrade Kits
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A full upgrade kit with everything required for easily upgrading the standard (non-PRO) EQ mountings for computerised GOTO capabilities. Kits comprise V.3 SynScanTM Flash Upgradeable GOTO handset, 2 x Stepper Motors for DEC and R.A. Drives, Replacement Control Panel / Motor Board, Hand Control Cable, Cable Clamp and Hand Control Holder (12V D.C. Power Supply required - not supplied).

Tour the night sky at the touch of a button

Hardware Features:
SynScan TM V.3 Firmware Updateable Hand Control
New features include ongoing firmware updateability via the internet, Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE), and capability to store star alignment data.
High precision stepper motors
Motor Controller: Microstep driving with auto-power saving feature
Resolution: 0.288 arc second
Slew Rate: 0.5x, 1x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
Tracking Rate: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
Tracking Mode: R.A. tracking
ST-4 type Autoguider Interface: Support 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x 1x guiding rate
Power requirement: 11 to 15 V DC 2 Amp (Tip positive) (Power supply not included)

Software Features:
Alignment Method: One-Star Alignment, Two-Star Alignment, Three-Star Alignment
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 1 arc min
Object Catalogues: Messier, IC, NGC, Caldwell
13740 Object Database: Including Planets, Named Stars, Double Stars, Variable Stars & User-Defined Objects
Backlash compensation
Periodic Error Correction
Premium PC Interface: ASCOM compatible, Nexstar-5i compatible protocol and command set
User-tunable LCD contrast, LED backlight and buzzer volume

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Skywatcher SynScan Pro v3 GOTO
Thursday, 3 March 2016  | 

I bought this Synscan kit back at the end of last summer. The main reason for my purchase was that I was having trouble finding faint deep sky objects that weren't near any bright stars, and the upside down wrong way round images just made things even worse!
So I upgraded my basic EQ5 mount that I used with my 8" 200P and found it very easy to attach all the motors, gears and electrical hardware (not that there is much) The only problem I had was that after initializing the scope it wouldn't align properly by either the 1-2 or 3 star alignment procedure. This turned out to be my power supply! The scope needs a good constant 12V system and after sorting this out the scope now works a treat! I've used it in a range of temperatures ( -4'c the other night) and had no problems at all.

If you're wanting to take deep space pictures like I did this set up is a must! I use a Canon 1100D to take images, and I also have a range of heavy Explore Scientific eyepieces, the scope handles them with no problems at all. So far (and with very little skill) I've been able to capture images of M51, M13 including NGC 6207 and IC 4617, beautiful pictures of the Orion nebular and even the very faint magnitude 12 Perseus A!
As long as you take time to align the scope correctly (make sure it's level, balanced and aligned with polaris) it'll drop you right on any M, NGC, IC object you want in minimum time and keep them in the field of view!
I've never used the scopes lunar, solar or planetary tracking options so far but I would imagine it can handle these with ease also.

In all a great bit of kit and an absolute must if like me you just can't get your head round reversed images and want to take deep sky pictures!

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