Camera mount with finder scope fitting for HEQ5 PRO mount

Wednesday 21 December 2011

After getting some good photos with the new telescope kit purchased in October, we thought it would be good to be able to make use of the tracking facilities of the HEQ5 PRO mount with the normal camera and wider lenses to get general astronomy wide field photographs. I purchased a dovetail bracket, camera quick release plate and mount and extra mounting bracket for my finder scope and using an alloy block and some custom brackets, made the following mount for the camera with the finderscope attached to setup the alignment and point at the stars to check alignment.

Parts Used:

  • SkyWatcher 9x50 Sky-Watcher Finderscope with mounting bracket
  • Manfrotto quick release mount
  • Dovetail mount to fit HEQ5 PRO
  • Alloy machines to fit mounts and brackets

Front view of the mount

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Side view of the mount

Back view of the mount