Really simple question but can you mount a Dob on EQ mount

The place to discuss telescopes, binoculars, CCDs and other equipment

Moderators: joe, Brian, Guy Fennimore

Post Reply
beamer3.6m
Posts: 447
Joined: Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:18 pm
Location: Basingstoke
Contact:

Really simple question but can you mount a Dob on EQ mount

Post by beamer3.6m »

I know this is a simple question and that a Dobsonian scope is effectively a Newtonian on a different mount but could you for example mount a skywatcher Skyliner on an EQ mount successfuly.

Is there anything which woulod stop this from being a simple buy tube rings job?

Cheers.
Skywatcher Explorer 130PM,
Fujifilm Finepix S6500, Toucam Pro II (SC1)
Bresser 10 x 50 Bin, 51:17:46Ns,
web.ukonline.co.uk/luke.howard/astro_home
Paul S
Posts: 1047
Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:24 am
Location: 44.1N & 4.5E
Contact:

Re: Really simple question but can you mount a Dob on EQ mou

Post by Paul S »

beamer3.6m wrote:could you for example mount a skywatcher Skyliner on an EQ mount successfuly.

Is there anything which woulod stop this from being a simple buy tube rings job?
Weight.

My Dob is too heavy. An EQ6 might just about take it but it'd be wobbly. That's why I'm going down the different tube route. I don't know what the Skyliner's OTA is made of; you should get the weight from your spec sheet and see if an EQ mount can handle it.
200mm f6 Revelation 8 Dob
Bins: 10 x 50 & 8 x 21
carlos dfc
Posts: 371
Joined: Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:34 am
Location: Nr. Darlington - UK
Contact:

Post by carlos dfc »

This guy has done it with a 10" SkyWatcher Dob
http://www.geocities.com/marcthescopeguy/index.html
C8 'classic' SCT - 150mm newt - 90mm Mak (grab'n'go) - 10" ATM Dob (W.I.P.)
54.6 N - 1.6 W
www.astrochat.co.uk/forum
alexthegreek
Posts: 115
Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:37 am
Contact:

Post by alexthegreek »

We done it as well with a 8" dob. Skywatcher placed on EQ6 Pro .

http://www.astrovox.gr/forum/album_pic.php?pic_id=4128
Later we unscrewed the dosonian mountings on both sides of the scope .
We have no problems with the weight .
Everything is mathematics
orion f6.3
Posts: 268
Joined: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:54 pm
Location: RAINHAM KENT
Contact:

Post by orion f6.3 »

with ease! my 10" f6.3 dob and 80mm refrac are both on my EQ6 @ 11kg dob and 3kg refrac. slews at 800x no prob. Orion
Deep and Dark.

Orion Optics 250mm f 6.3 Hi-Lux 1/4PV DOB
EQ6 GOTO c/w 250mm rings
Skywatcher Equinox ED 66 PRO
Star Raker Bino Mount
Nikon 8x32 SE
VIXEN LV Eyepieces 4mm 5mm 6mm 7mm 9mm 10mm 12mm 15mm 20mm 25mm
Paul S
Posts: 1047
Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:24 am
Location: 44.1N & 4.5E
Contact:

Post by Paul S »

Hmm. Maybe an EQ6 would work - but when I asked last year on this forum I was told no-way-José by a number of people. :?

I reckon my OTA + focuser is probably 10kg, certainly no more than 15kg. We have no scales here so I can only compare it to a 35kg bag of cement :lol:
200mm f6 Revelation 8 Dob
Bins: 10 x 50 & 8 x 21
orion f6.3
Posts: 268
Joined: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:54 pm
Location: RAINHAM KENT
Contact:

Post by orion f6.3 »

an EQ6 will take 25kg this should be the same as a bag of cement
Deep and Dark.

Orion Optics 250mm f 6.3 Hi-Lux 1/4PV DOB
EQ6 GOTO c/w 250mm rings
Skywatcher Equinox ED 66 PRO
Star Raker Bino Mount
Nikon 8x32 SE
VIXEN LV Eyepieces 4mm 5mm 6mm 7mm 9mm 10mm 12mm 15mm 20mm 25mm
goodtime
Posts: 1024
Joined: Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:01 pm
Location: 31° 46' 20" N, 106° 13' 54" W
Contact:

Post by goodtime »

Why put a bag of cement on an EQ6? :D
Andrew
Eyes, binoculars, CubePro, AT72ED, EOS 20Da, DSI II Pro,

There's no place like 127.0.0.1
AJ
Posts: 175
Joined: Wed Nov 16, 2005 3:35 pm
Location: Rhyl, North Wales
Contact:

Post by AJ »

Just seen on Sherwoods Site that the EQ5 will take 19kg
Don't know if this would help but I'm considering one for my 200mm Sky Watcher Dob
"The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

200mm f/5.91 Dobsonian Sky Watcher, 150mm Dobsonian, 114mm Celestron Short Newt, 10x50 Bino's x2pairs, 2No Digi Cams, 2no 35mmSLRs, Acuter Digital Imager.
Sky Watcher Mac/Cass 127 on EQ3-2
FinePix S5700 Digie Cam
alexthegreek
Posts: 115
Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:37 am
Contact:

Post by alexthegreek »

I haven't seen an EQ5 in action but i've heard that it is not that stable for a 8" reflector .That's why most people prefer the HEQ5 .
Everything is mathematics
Post Reply