SkyWatcher EQM35 GOTO Mount Combo w/ Steel Tripod
I must say I was really impressed with the advice and service from Jacobs Digital and the speed of delivery, especially to our rural address, of my SkyWatcher 120/900 Black Diamond ED Doublet Refractor OTA Telescope, EQM-35 Mount and Tripod and more so with the quality of both products. I updated the SynScan controller to the latest version of the firmware as recommended in the instructions and was able to get it communicating with Stellarium version 0.20.3 which is great as all one has to do is highlight an object on the screen and it will slew to and track it. The only negative aspects are that the EQM can supposedly operate in either Equatorial or Alt-Az mode but there is no mention of how to mechanically configure the mount or hand controller for Alt-Az in any available documentation, although I worked out how I could achieve this with a slight modification. The other problem I had was that the 3- star alignment does not work at all, the 2- star alignment works perfectly as confirmed by Stellarium but whenever one tries for a 3- star alignment it goes to the first 2 stars, Achenar and Canopus correctly but no matter what 3rd star is selected, Hadar in my case, it slews miles off to the East and stops just above the horizon whereas Hadar is over to the SW. Apart from this the telescope and mount work perfectly and the 2-star alignment seems to be all that is necessary and paired with Stellarium makes object location a breeze although it does use Hip catalogue numbers whilst the SynScan hand controller doesn’t, but with Stellarium you don’t need to know the number, just “point and shoot”. Refractors certainly give fantastic images/views both Astonomically and Terrestrially.
I received everything I ordered, shipped perfectly, - customer service is amazing. Thank you
Good product, sturdy mount, is well made and packaged however there is a requirement for a 12v power pack that I was not aware of being a seperate purchase. Unfortunately the programming cable comes as a female serial port, which none of my modern (last 2 years) computers have, and if they did the computer has a female port as well, so it wouldnt fit anyway.... so not only do I need to buy a power pack I also need to buy a serial port usb adaptor (with a driver to convince the usb port to work) so while its a great mount and once I have it programmed correctly I will be a great mount, Im faced with further delays before I can get the most out of the system due to power and connection issues....