Sidereal Trading is excited to announce that we are now the Australian dealer for Rainbow Astro. Rainbow Astro is a division of Rainbow Robotics, a professional mechatronics technology company that designs robotic telescope systems. Rainbow Astro have developed a range of high-end telescope mounts featuring innovative technologies that will impress the most discerning astrophotographers.
In addition to advanced robotic telescope mounts, Rainbow Astro make a range of accessories for RC telescopes. Sidereal Trading has receive our first shipment of RSF Secondary Mirror focus kits for 8″ and 10″ RC Telescopes. The RSF Focuser replaces the secondary mirror holder with a Stepper Motor Moving Focuser. This allows the original focuser to be complete removed and replaced with an optional Fixed Focus Adapter that provides threaded couplings to mount the camera to the telescope. The Fixed Focus Adapter eliminates any possibility of camera tilt being introduce by a poorly constructed focuser.
The RSF Secondary Mirror Focuser Kit incudes Hand Controller and an ASCOM driver allowing remote focus via a USB cable connected to a PC.
You can purchase the DIY kit to upgrade your telescope or buy a Sidereal Trading upgraded GSO RC telescope with the focuser preinstalled.
The RSF-8 and RSF-10 Secondary Mirror Focuser Kits
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.
The 20cm Skywatcher NEQ6/AZ-EQ6 pier extension is a great way to gain the extra height needed to prevent long focal length OTA’s from colliding with the tripod legs. The extension is attached to the tripod using the standard central bolt. Even if the central bolt is tightened as much as possible, it doesn’t take much force to rotate the pier. This can be very annoying if you have carefully polar aligned the mount and it accidentally rotates while you are loosening or tightening the clutches on the AZ-EQ6.
This problem is easy to fix. Luckily the pier base plate is made of aluminium and is very easy to drill. The solution is to drill a 4mm hole very close to edge of the plate and tap it out to 5mm. You can then use an M5 socket head bolt to provide a locking post. The head of the bolt fits nicely into the original post hole on the tripod plate.
With the central bolt tightened it is now impossible for the pier to accidentally rotate.
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