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Old 23-03-2021, 10:35 PM
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How to connect a Nikon to Skywatcher 8"

Hi Everyone,

This is my second thread here, still a newbie!!

Recently purchased a SkyWatcher 8" Newtonian with a NEQ6 Pro mount. I also purchased a 48mm T ring for my Nikon and a 48mm coma corrector not knowing what other bits and pieces I needed to get my Nikon working with the telescope.

Can anyone please guide me in the right path so that I can get them working? What else do I need to have? Is it best to use an eyepiece with the camera and how do I do it?

Thanks a bunch in advance!
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Old 24-03-2021, 08:42 AM
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Hope this helps from a recent thread on similar topic

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on my SW, the 1.25" eyepiece holder unscrews to reveal a T-Thread so no adaptor is needed.
All you need is the T-ring for your particular DSLR.
Good luck with it.
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Old 24-03-2021, 10:43 AM
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Just check to make sure the scope you bought is actually imaging setup. Newtonians come in two types, visual and imaging capable. Skywatcher sell both types. The visual models are configured to allow eye pieces to achieve focus with the range of the focuser travel. Imaging capable models are setup to allow cameras, like DSLRs, to achieve focus. Cameras need to be closer, often not able to be cranked inward sufficiently. An imaging Newtonian can usually also be used visually, if you have a shirt extension tube to fit in the focuser, allowing the eye piece to sit a bit further out. Hope that helps.
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Old 24-03-2021, 02:37 PM
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The Skywatcher 8Ē newtonian recommended for AP and Visual is the Black Diamond model no SW2001APOTA
These are f5 and more suited for the beginner to intermediate Astrophotographer
If you were advised by the retailer to buy the Premium Photo reflector Quattro 8Ē f4 newtonian model no SWP2008-OTA for more advanced Astrophotographers , then this will be more difficult for you to use and in particular to collimate

Attached is the one I would have recommended to get you started with over the next few years ( SW2001APOTA ) and these are suited for prime focus Astrophotography and with focus without the need for complicated adapters extensions etc...,
Most importantly they have a dual speed crayford focuser and later you can buy an auto focuser which fits straight on

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Old 24-03-2021, 02:47 PM
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Hope this helps from a recent thread on similar topic



Click on the blue > to see the other thread.
Hi Allan,

I had the difficulty in connecting the Coma Corrector to the T-ring but I have found out eventually. The rings of the Coma corrector can be removed which enables to connect it to the T-ring
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Old 24-03-2021, 02:52 PM
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Hi Glen & Martin,

Yes I'm definitely a beginner to all this and trying to find my way, hopefully I'll get there at some point!

I have purchased the Sky-Watcher 8" Newtonian AP package from Astro Pete's web site which comes with a Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro mount.

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Old 24-03-2021, 04:10 PM
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I checked out Astro Pete ( Astro Anarchy ) and the package you bought is exactly what I suggested for beginner Astrophotography
Skywatcher EQ6 mount with a Skywatcher 8Ē f5 newtonian reflector telescope
If you need any help with the following I have written procedures in PDF I can send you such as -

Finding true south line
Aligning your tripod
Fitting your mount head and setting altitude
Balancing your telescope
Setting home position on your mount
Collimation
Telescope control using Synscan handcontroller
Telescope control from a Laptop using EQMOD and Stellarium
And more .....
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Old 24-03-2021, 04:44 PM
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If you need any help with the following I have written procedures in PDF I can send you such as -

Finding true south line
Aligning your tripod
Fitting your mount head and setting altitude
Balancing your telescope
Setting home position on your mount
Collimation
Telescope control using Synscan handcontroller
Telescope control from a Laptop using EQMOD and Stellarium
And more .....
Cheers
Martin
Wow! That would be really great Martin. Appreciate if you could send them, I will PM you my email address.

Thanks a bunch for this help, I know you must have spent a lot of time in preparing them and I do really appreciate you sharing them

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Old 24-03-2021, 04:58 PM
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Wow! That would be really great Martin. Appreciate if you could send them, I will PM you my email address.

Thanks a bunch for this help, I know you must have spent a lot of time in preparing them and I do really appreciate you sharing them

Cheers
I prefer to post them so other beginners can use them if they wish
Just remember there are many ways to set up your mount for both visual observation and Astrophotography, mine is just one of them which has worked for me over 4 years in the hobby ( Iím 61 and retired so putting all these documents together was enjoyable as it helped me get off the ground )
Can I strongly recommend sooner than later that you down load a copy of Stellarium ( free) onto your laptop or home desktop and start to learn the night sky.Once set up it gives you a road map of the night sky every night of the week , year after year
Itís a great planetarium for both visual observing and telescope control
Hereís my a copy of my procedure how to set up Stellarium
Iíll send the other procedures later on
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Old 25-03-2021, 01:19 AM
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Thanks Martin
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Old 25-03-2021, 12:57 PM
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Hereís some procedures to get you started , more to follow .....
Cheers
Martin
PS: Please advise if your EQ6 mount has the additional USB2B port next to the Handcontroller port and Autoguider port ( Iím pretty sure your EQ6 is a rebadged Skywatcher NEQ6 which does not have the additional USB2B port on the mount )
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Old 25-03-2021, 04:34 PM
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Hi Martin,

Thanks for the valuable information.

The EQ6 Pro mount does not have an additional USB port next to Handcontroller port & Autoguider port.

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Old 26-03-2021, 10:07 AM
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Hereís my final procedure if you want to control your Skywatcher mount from a laptop nearby at some stage in the future , using EQMOD and Stellarium
Cheers
Martin
PS I have procedures for PHD2 Autoguiding but thatís a something for later on once you gain some basic experience with capturing short exposure ( up to 60 sec ) images
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Old 26-03-2021, 01:34 PM
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Hereís my final procedure if you want to control your Skywatcher mount from a laptop nearby at some stage in the future , using EQMOD and Stellarium
Cheers
Martin
PS I have procedures for PHD2 Autoguiding but thatís a something for later on once you gain some basic experience with capturing short exposure ( up to 60 sec ) images
Thanks Martin,

I must admit that I now have information and instructions to work on for a few months!! Once again, appreciate sharing your hard work that you've done all this time.

Cheers
Asela
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