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Old 22-11-2020, 09:32 PM
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How to mount a DSLR on a HEQ5

Iíve just bought a used HEQ5 Pro. Iím a complete newbie when it comes to processing and plan to use my new mount with a DSLR and my various canon lenses while I upskill. And anyway I canít afford a decent telescope at the moment.

I can use my manfrotto tripod attachment to mount my DSLR, but canít align the camera to the correct aspect to frame my target.

Any ideas on what I can do to fix this? Can I get a ball head attachment? If so how would I attach to my mount.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 22-11-2020, 09:58 PM
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I think this is what you are after.
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Old 22-11-2020, 11:11 PM
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Yes a ball head will give you the freedom to frame but it needs to be connected to a dove plate which then connects to the saddle of the mount. The L camera bracket suggested provides the dove plate and freedom in one axis to swivel the camera. The other axis can be set by rotating the declination axis, (or connect a ball head to the L bracket).

This is what I was thinking although this one is a bit pricey:

Other types at https://www.highpointscientific.com/...ll-head-mounts

If you already have the ball head then you just need the dove plate:

See https://www.bintel.com.au/product/or...v=322b26af01d5

Either strainght dove plate+ ball head or L bracket as is or with ball head will work.

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Old 01-12-2020, 07:12 PM
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Ballhead isn't a good idea as it can lead to flexure, and won't support heavier lenses. I got a 1/4" camera tripod bolt off of eBay and used that to attach my telephoto lens to a dovetail bar.
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Hi Chris,
I use one similar to the adm ball head but old school second hand off eBay.
Seems sturdy enough with my D5300 and a 18-200 zoom lens. They just have to have a high enough leg to give you good rotation for your camera to clear the mount.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:56 AM
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If it's just a ballhead that you're looking for, I've used these for years with a Canon 5dMkII and 70-200mm f2.8L, and they're very sturdy, never had an issues with timed (landscape) photography.


They can be a bit pricey, but I've found them very solid and dependable.
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Old 10-12-2020, 04:11 AM
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Thanks for the feedback guys, and sorry for the late reply. I'm going to go for the Orion Adapter 1/4 Inch-20 for Dovetail Camera Mount from Bintel and a good sturdy ball head mount.

As I'm not going to be using heavy lenses, this setup should do me fine. Cheers and clear skies.
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