QHY PoleMaster EQ Mount Polar Alignment Camera
More than just a polar alignment scope, QHY incorporates guide scope technology into a polar alignment camera creating a high-precision electronic polar alignement scope. Polar aligning is easily one of the most furstrating aspects of owning an EQ mount. Without total precision your long imaging sessions may lead to even more frustration and, worse, not being able to capture the type of images you're hoping to acheive. And what happens when you bump into your tripod in the dark? You have to realign potentially spending even more time repeating the process.
QHYCCD's PoleMaster reduces your polar alignment process by employing a highly sensitive camera. Mounted to the front of your RA axis, the PoleMaster will capture an image of the northern sky and then will calculate based on that image, where true north is. Displaying this information and RA rotation on a screen, you can then quickly and easily adjust the mount to the correct position. As the PoleMaster camera is much more sensitive than the human eye, this allows for polar alignment before the night is truely dark buying you just that much more time to image.
- Field of View: 11 degree * 8 degree
- Resolution: approx. 30 arcseconds
- Install Method: 3 M3 screws to a mount adapter (mount adapter is sold separately)
- Interface: Mini USB 3.0
- Rough Precision: approx. 5 arcminutes
- High Precision: Max 30 arcseconds
- Dimensions: 40mm Diameter, 50.7mm tall
- Power Consumption: approx 0.35 Watt 70mA
- Additional Information
SKU QH-POLEMASTER Manufacturer QHY Warranty 1 Year Warranty
- Included Items
- QHYCCD PoleMaster Polar Alignment Camera
- Mount Adapter
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsIs the Polemaster compatible with an 11" fork mounted Celestron CPC/SCT scope on an equatorial wedge?Question by: Duane Harris on Feb 3, 2016 9:15:00 PMUnfortunately, There isn't a way to attach a Polemaster to any fork mounted scope on a wedge. The camera needs to be able to rotate close to the center of the RA axis and have a clear view of the sky. On a fork mounted SCT the OTA would sit right in the way of the camera's field of view.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Feb 4, 2016 3:29:00 PMHello
I see no adapter for VIXEN mounts.
I own an ADVANCED Polaris AP - SM equatorial mount.
Is there a compatible adapter for this mount?will the Polemaster work with a CG5 mount? I see the CG4, but don't know if they are configured the same.
thanksI have an Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G, the polar scope front opening measures right at 35mm.
Do you have an adapter that works for this mount?Question by: Jeff Purcell on Dec 30, 2015 11:17:00 AMI've got somebody on a forum stating that the polemaster doesn't have to be mounted at the RA axis of the mount. He says it can be on top of the scope and the software will figure it out. Is that right?Question by: Glenn Newell on Feb 25, 2016 8:46:00 AMTechnically, that is correct, but only if you can remove all declination and orthagonality errors to make the Polemaster exactly parallel to the RA axis with the DEC axis also perfectly parallel. On a high-end mount where you can trust the machining tolerances to be very close to perfect, this is a possibility, but if anything is out of square with the RA axis with the Polemaster on top of the scope, you risk chasing your tail trying to fix the non-orthagonality. Mounting the Polemaster where QHY designed it to mount is a safer bet in most cases.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Feb 25, 2016 3:33:00 PMQuestion by: Alejandro Paschalides on Aug 19, 2016 2:06:00 PMHello,
QHY is beta testing the PoleMaster on a Mac. You can download the driver here:
http://qhyccd.com/bbs/index.php?topic=5349.0Answer by: Tony Tardich (Admin) on Aug 20, 2016 1:49:00 PMCan the QH-POLEMASTER work with a Celestron CGE Pro mount? I do not see a adapter for it just the CGEM.
Question by: Ron Ulmer on Jan 19, 2016 11:52:00 PMUnfortunately, no. The US-made CGE mount has no mounting surface that can be used to adapt the PoleMaster - which commonly mounts to the front of a polar bore site mount. A custom machined adapter would be needed, but it would not be supported by the manufacturer.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Jan 20, 2016 2:19:00 PMThe optional adapters list includes the Losmandy G11. Will this adapter also work for the Losmandy GM8?
will this fit on a skywatcher EQ5 pro goto mount? i do not see an adaptor listed for the eq5, apart from the heq5, eq6 etc. thanksQuestion by: simon ellis on Feb 25, 2016 11:26:00 AMUnfortunately, with the EQ5 Pro discontinued, you will likely have to use an adapter either for a CG4 or CGEM Celestron and see which one is a closer fit. Both adapters are ~35mm in diameter, so if you measure your mount with the front cap removed, you should be able to see if these will fit.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Feb 25, 2016 4:48:00 PMQuestion by: Jammie on Mar 31, 2016 3:07:00 PMMy question is about the mount adapter. I have an Orion Sirius mount, and I see that is not listed. Will any of the other adapters work on an Orion mount?Question by: Stephen Rahn on Dec 29, 2015 7:43:00 PMQuestion by: Keith on Apr 26, 2016 2:38:00 PMQHY does not explicitly make an adapter for the SVP mount at the moment. The best option would be to measure the diameter of the hole in the RA bore when you remove the cap (to let the polar scope see through the mount. If it is ~34.5-35.0mm, you could use an alternate adapter for other Orion/Sky-Watcher/Celestron mounts with similar bore sizes.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Apr 29, 2016 4:51:00 PMQuestion by: Jerry K on Dec 30, 2015 2:53:00 PMQHY has not mentioned that the will make an adapter for the CGE PRO, but I suspect it is unlikely that they will.
To perform the alignment, the camera need to be able to rotate with the right ascension movement. The CGE Pro doesn't have a bore down the right ascension access nor does it have machine screw holes to bolt the camera down to the RA shaft.
Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Dec 30, 2015 3:18:00 PMI have a Celestron StarSense mounted on my telescope. Will the Polmaster work with my setup or is it a redundancy not needed since thenCelestron unit is used for alignment or is it necessary to make initial polar alignment accurat for better StarSence accuracy and better ccd results?Question by: Steve S. on Sep 5, 2016 9:00:00 AMQuestion by: Bruce Hayes on Jul 11, 2016 2:13:00 PMAt this time, QHY has not yet expanded support to Apple or Android tablets. The Polemaster software is currently available for both Windows and OSX. So it would be possible to work with a Windows-based tablet, so long as it had sufficient power on the USB bus to operate the camera (which is USB powered).Answer by: Eric Blackhurst (Admin) on Jul 11, 2016 6:24:00 PMDoes Polemaster work now in the Southern Hemisphere?
QHY says that it works but your web page says that it does not work on the South Pole????
Question by: Stephen Garretson on May 26, 2016 8:27:00 AMThe CG-5 will most likely work with the AV-X adapter: http://qhyccd.com/images/AVXjiehuan.png. Please verify that the bore hole where the adapter fits is 34mm in diameter.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on May 27, 2016 1:58:00 PMWhy does the product page state this:
"For atlas/EQ6 - please select the CGEM adapter"
When the Atlas EQ-G is the same as the Skywatcher EQ6? Are the CGEM and Skywatcher EQ6 the same adapter?Question by: John Giroux on Apr 10, 2016 6:32:00 PMThe Atlas EQ-g and The Skywatcher EQ-6 are the same bore size and we have been informed by QHY that the EQ-6 adapter is slightly larger that it should be and that the CGEM adapter will fit perfectly as a replacement.
If this still a little confusing, please us a call at 1 800 -483- 6287. We would be happy help you out.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Apr 11, 2016 5:35:00 PMQuestion by: Soumen Mondal on Feb 22, 2016 11:26:00 PMUnfortunately, no. Your best bet is to use Bisque's own polar scope if you use the mount in the field, or set up a T-point model and go through the software polar alignment correction already designed for your mount. For a permanent installation, you can polar align using TheSkyX and T-point even if you cannot see Polaris.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Feb 23, 2016 4:58:00 PMHi, can you check if one of the adapters for other mount will work with a Vixen SXP mount. I know the Vixen has a threaded cap, also the base has a window protector that can be removed and the bolt pattern can maybe match a different adapter, or again once that window removed maybe it can fit another adapter. Thank you.What does the mini USB port output to? Presuming a laptop, or can other devices (tablet/smart phone/Apple/Android...) be used as a display?Question by: Matt Weiss on Dec 30, 2015 11:59:00 AMQuestion by: Gregory Stuman on Dec 30, 2015 11:23:00 AMAligning a polar scope with the right ascension axis of the mounts takes some time. How does the unit perform this task?Question by: Tim Geib on Dec 30, 2015 12:50:00 PMThe first time I used the pole master it took me about 15 minutes to do an alignment. From the second time onward. Is usually takes me less than 7 minutes. The fine polar alignment function can take longer depending on your seeing conditions.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Dec 30, 2015 3:13:00 PM
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