It has been a while since my last outing with my scope, this was due to poor weather, lack of time and the big problem my EQ2 not working correctly taking the fun out of it. One of the problems was that one of the leg clamps, being plastic cracked, meaning the tri-pod could no longer be used at its full extended height. This in itself was not a problem and was more than likely due to being over tightened, as not extending the tri-pod meant it was less shakey.
The main issue was really the mount head and its use with the motor, purchased as an add-on, never really worked with my mount. Following a replacement mount this issue continued, it was if the mount head required too much force to be rotated meaning the tiny spring used to hold the motor to the mount head cog struggled and the gears would constantly come out of position. This was fraustating as it meant having to constantly disconnect the motor so the scope could be manually aligned.
So following lots of deliberation and saving, I bit the bullet and decided to replace my tri-pod and mount with the SkyWatcher AZ SyncScan GoTo.
Once again I have ordered via First Light Optics and now just await delivery, I can’t wait. Will shortly post an updated review of the EQ2 mount and motor along with my initial thoughts on my new scope.
As this is a GOTO mount, it requires a power source. It comes with the facility to use 8 AA batteries, but following different reviews I also purchased a Skywatcher PowerTank 7Ah along with a Lynx Astro Silicone Power Cable for Sky-Watcher Mounts. This will give great flexability when using the scope on camping trips where mains power is not an option, though I will keep a set of AA batteries on hand as a backup or quick fix solution.