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Review : PoleMaster from QHY
« on: 22:24:46, 27 March, 2016 »
There seems to have been quite an interest in this piece of kit recently, so I decided to get hold of one & run it through it's paces...

I purchased both the CEM60 & the EQ6 adapters, but have only properly used it so far on the CEM60 - Thanks Bern for sorting all of the this out.  :clap: :urock:

Please let me know if I have anything blatantly wrong - I hope you find this of some use.

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« Reply #1 on: 22:28:17, 27 March, 2016 »
QHYCCD PoleMaster
  • Recently, having read a number of comments & informal reviews, I decided to get hold of the new Qhyccd PoleMaster camera which is designed to get accurate polar alignment of an Equatorial Mount. Here are my observations....
  • Purchased from Bern at Modern Astronomy – there was a backlog of orders but I only needed to wait a few weeks or so before it arrived.
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« Reply #2 on: 22:30:28, 27 March, 2016 »
 
CEM60 (left) & EQ6 (right) adapters – the EQ6 has a nice cover plate
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« Reply #3 on: 22:32:10, 27 March, 2016 »
 
  • Inside the tin, and...
  • USB lead (with thumbscrews), Camera, cover, cover loop, 3 screws & a hex wrench – Note: The hex wrench is actually for releasing the focuser on the lens.
  • A number of people have commented on this, & I completely agree here, that the addition of thumbscrews on the USB attachment is very welcomed.... I wish other manufacturers take note of this!
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« Reply #4 on: 22:32:54, 27 March, 2016 »
 
  • Fitting the cover loop – simply screws into the hole on top of the front cap.
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« Reply #5 on: 22:33:31, 27 March, 2016 »
 
  • Camera with Micro USB cable attached – note the 2 thumbscrews to keep it in
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« Reply #6 on: 22:34:37, 27 March, 2016 »
 
  • Fitting the camera collar (top) and collar fitted (lower), next to the mount adapter (EQ6 version)
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« Reply #7 on: 22:35:35, 27 March, 2016 »
 
  • PoleMaster attached to my CEM60-EC – this simply screws into the top of the Polar scope. For the EQ6's, it fits in the top of the casting & is secured by 2 x hex bolts pushing outwards.
(Note: I added some extra thumbscrews to the adapter, but they are not really needed)

  • The lowers pictures are the EQ6 Pro adapter fittings
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« Reply #8 on: 22:38:27, 27 March, 2016 »
   PoleMaster App V1.2.0
 
  • The driver, as usual, should be installed before plugging in the camera
  • The software install is simple & straightforward
  • Once installed, quite a nice icon is created :
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« Reply #9 on: 22:39:55, 27 March, 2016 »
  • Before you begin, the mount must be placed in the Polar Home position – i.e. counterweight shaft pointing down. Note: You must be able to return to this position accurately.
  • Running the software, you are presented with a resizeable screen :
  • One very important setting is the “Astronomical Refraction” setting – set this before you begin, after connecting the camera via “Connect”
  • The Latitude is important and the Pressure ( P hPa ) should be around 1000 for the UK. Finally, make sure the “Enable Astronomical Refraction Correction” is ticked.
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« Reply #10 on: 22:41:11, 27 March, 2016 »
3. Clicking “Connect” activates the camera – typically, either the program window then needs to be resized OR the Zoom selection can be used to scale the image 100%, 75% or 50%

4. It is important that the exposure & gain controls are set to not only see Polaris (which will be the brightest) but also some of the stars surrounding it. Then click on the orange "Finished" button
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« Reply #11 on: 22:45:34, 27 March, 2016 »
5. Next, double-click on Polaris & an overlay template will be shown indicating the stars around Polaris.
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« Reply #12 on: 22:47:09, 27 March, 2016 »
6.  Rotate the template so the background stars match
7. Once the template matches the star pattern, click the "Success" button
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« Reply #13 on: 22:50:55, 27 March, 2016 »
8. Next, select any of the template stars & double-click on it. Remember which one! - The software will then require you to rotate the RA axis.
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« Reply #14 on: 22:57:26, 27 March, 2016 »
9. Rotate the RA axis so the selected star rotates at least 30° - then click "Finished" - you then double-click on the same star to indicate it's new position.
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