EQStar - GOTO upgrade kit for equatorial mount
EQStar - equatorial mount control system designed to automate the control of the equatorial mount, and can be used in stand-alone mode and in a control mode using a computer or mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.)
Price - $169.00
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Ad Number: 112242
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On a PC, then the EQStar works with any astronomical programs that support the ASCOM platform (http://www.ascom-standards.org/). For example, with planetarium Stellarium, Cartes de Ciel, StarCalc and others. Among the programs for astrophotography and guiding, EQStar supports MaximDL, Guidemaster, PHDGuiding and others. When you work with a PC, the EQStar can automatically find sky objects, and track them automatically ( guiding ) during the astro photography with long exposure. Also, when working with a PC, you must install EQMOD ASCOM-application (http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/).
Controlling the telescope with mobile devices allows you to automatically find sky objects. In the program the planetarium at mobile device as a control of the telescope should be chosen or Celestron or SynScan, as well as a mount - German equatorial mount. The following programs for mobile device works with EQStar include SkySafari, Orion StarSeek, DSOPlaner and others.
EQStar communication with the PC is via a cable from the standard kit and with the mobile device over WiFi.
A variety of platforms, drivers, and applications that can work EQStar, gives the opportunity to create a particularly comfortable for the user mount the control conditions, depending on the tasks.
For example, an astro photographer generally uses a laptop or PC to search, targeting and guiding the object during a long exposure. Such opportunities are mostly programs running under Windows. But for an amateur visual astronomy much more convenient to control the mount with a compact mobile device, smartphone or tablet, rather than using a PC or laptop.
The EQStar is supplied with a universal joystick for manual control. It allows you to manage mount autonomously without a computer, smartphone or tablet.
The mount type is equatorial.
Power supply: 12V, 2A.
Type of Step motor: Bipolar.
Current of the winding of the Step motor: Adjustable, MAX 0.8 A.
Smooth acceleration and braking of the Step motor.
RA and DEC reduction ratio - Adjustable (from 1:100 to 1:1300)
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