Would you like to bypass the hand controller and control your EQ Series Equatorial Mount directly from a computer? Then you need to install EQASCOM and purchase an EQDIRECT USB to TTL serial cable. Why pay $75 or more when you can purchase a Sidereal Trading EQDIRECT cable for $50.
Three models are available:
The EQDIRECT-USB-DB9 is compatible with EQ6/NEQ6 Pro Series mounts and provides a 5V TTL serial signal via a DB9 connector.
The EQDIRECT-USB-RJ-5V is compatible with HEQ5/AZ-EQ6/EQ8 and provide a 5V TTL serial signal via a RJ45 connector
The EQDIRECT-USB-RJ-3.3V is compatible with AZ-EQ6/EQ8 and provide a 3.3V TTL serial signal via a RJ45 connector
All cables are based on the FTDI USB to serial chipset for maximum compatibility with your operating system.
To learn more about EQASCOM refer to THE EQMOD PROJECT website.
Sidereal Trading are really excited to be sponsoring Star Stuff II. After the sell-out success of the inaugural “Star Stuff – Festival of the Cosmos” last year, organiser Dylan O’Donnell has confirmed the space and science themed weekend will be returning to Byron Bay in July 2018.
If you’ve added a Personal Observatory to your list of Must-Have astronomy equipment then this is a great opportunity see and touch a NexDome. Sidereal Trading will have a fully functional NexDome Personal Observatory operating in the Star Stuff Vendor Pavilion. Speak to the Sidereal Trading staff, ask questions and learn how easy it is to build your observatory.
At the same time you can enjoy the amazing line-up of Key Note Speakers, enjoy the beautiful 5-Star Elements of Byron resort and relax under the dark skies of Byron Bay.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.starstuff.com.au
saxon have release the AZ-EQ6 Pro Mount with Steel Tripod. If you have ever wanted to purchase an AZ-EQ6 Pro then now is the time. For a limited time only Sideral Trading are offering $200.00 off the regular retail price. Pay only $2399.00 for the best version of the popular EQ6 Series mounts. (Discount Vouchers can not be used with sale items)
The saxon AZ-EQ6 Pro Mount with Steel Tripod provides the precision and stability needed for serious observing and astro-imaging
This AZEQ6 Pro mount includes a built-in illuminated polar scope for both Southern and Northern Hemisphere, a latitude adjuster with micrometer scale, an azimuth polar-alignment adjuster, aluminium setting circles, large manual slow-motion tracking controls, bubble level and steel tubular tripod legs
The saxon AZ-EQ6 Pro Mount with Steel Tripod features and includes the following:
- A user friendly Synscan hand controller
- 2x 5.1Kg counter weight
- Wall-to-wall large accessory tray
- An extension 150mm counterweight shaft
- 2” stainless steel tripod legs
- Retractable counterweight shaft
- Accept narrow (V-style) or wider (D-style) dovetail mounting plates
- Smooth and quiet belt driven
- Motor resolution at 0.14arc sec (or 9.216,000 steps/rev.)
- Slew speeds from 1.25x, 1.75x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 400x, 500x, 600x, and up to 3.4°/sec (800X)
- Sidereal, Solar and Lunar tracking rates
- One, Two and Three star alignment options
- Auto guider interface for astrophotography
- Guiding speed from 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.50x, 0.75x, or 1x
- Minimal vibration for steady long-exposure astrophotography
- Payload Capacity 20Kg
- Containing over 42,900 objects with complete Messier, NGC and IC Catalogues.
- Positioning accuracy up to 5 arc minute.
- Permanent Periodic error correction (PPEC)
- Firmware upgradeable via internet download
- PC Compatibility
- Car power supply adapter included
For more information or to purchase click saxon AZ-EQ6 Pro Mount with Steel Tripod
Sidereal Trading are happy to announce the release of the saxon FCD100 Air-Spaced ED Triplet Refractor Series. These telescopes feature Japanese Hoya FCD100 optics. Relying on technological innovation, Hoya have successfully launched the high-performance optical glass at the apex of the FCD family. Hoya FCD100 is considered the best glass ever produced by Hoya.
Featuring an air-spaced triplet optical design that virtually eliminates chromatic aberrations, these telescopes generate brilliant high-contrast images by combining genuine HOYA FCD100 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and proprietary EMD enhanced multi-layer deposition on all optical surfaces.
The saxon FCD100 Triplet Series is available with 80mm aperture 480mm focal length F6 optics, 102mm aperture 714mm focal length F7 optics and 127mm aperture 952mm focal length F7.5 optics.
In addition, these amazing Telescopes include a dual speed (10:1) 2.5″ Hexagonal focuser featuring a very rigid design with strong support. Up to 4.5kgs of camera gear can be loaded onto these focusers.
Having a true diffraction-limited optical design and sized to encourage spontaneous stargazing sessions, these high-quality telescopes are a perfect grab-and-go instrument for exploring the skies.
The NexDome 2.2M Observatory Dome is compatible with other popular Dome Walls. Unlike half-dome designs, NexDome is a classic observatory dome with more than 100 degrees of shutter opening, allowing you to point your telescope to the zenith while remaining shielded from stray light and wind.
The great thing about NexDome is that its a modular system. You can purchase just the components you need to build an observatory or a complete solution. If you have already built a DIY shed and require an automated dome then purchase just the NexDome 2.2m Dome and Ring. If you have an existing observatory with 2.2m diameter walls and rollers then upgrade to a fully automated NexDome solution with the NexDome 2.2m Dome only.
Our first NexDome has been installed and is now fully operational. Checkout the Facebook Nexdome User Group for more information, reviews and user tips.
After sailing across the pacific via South Korea and Shanghai our first shipment of observatory domes have arrived at the Melbourne docks.
Can’t wait to assembly and test them.