Author Topic: Panoptic 35 vs Astro Tech Titan II 35 (Skywatcher Aero, TS Paragon)  (Read 207 times)

multalumiff

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Re: Panoptic 35 vs Astro Tech Titan II 35 (Skywatcher Aero, TS Paragon)
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2018, 03:52:34 AM »
The TV Equalizer seems like a nice solution, but isn't in my situation. The Giro mount doesn't allow you to fix the alt-axe completely, so when removing the Pan out the diagonal, the OTA takes a nosedive before you can even put in the Equalizer. Second, the weight difference between the Pan and my other 1.25" eyepieces is around a pound, more then the weight of the Equalizer.

The solution I came up with is to remove the handle at the top of the rings and attach a (second) dovetail on it. I already have a two pound Baader counterweight attached on a dovetail-clamb. This makes it easier to balance the OTA before and after removing the Pan, I only have to loose the clamb and can slide the counterweight up or down to the preferred position.

After reading your reactions I really don't want to get rid of my Pan, but I also want to keep the Giro mount. I think the Giro mount (and clones of it) is the most used alt-az mount in Europe. You guys have nice alt-az mounts in the States, like the ones from DSV or Unistar, but these are unfortunately not being sold in Europe, import is very expensive.

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Re: Panoptic 35 vs Astro Tech Titan II 35 (Skywatcher Aero, TS Paragon)
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2018, 02:16:37 PM »
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The TV Equalizer seems like a nice solution, but isn't in my situation. The Giro mount doesn't allow you to fix the alt-axe completely, so when removing the Pan out the diagonal, the OTA takes a nosedive before you can even put in the Equalizer. Second, the weight difference between the Pan and my other 1.25" eyepieces is around a pound, more then the weight of the Equalizer.

The solution I came up with is to remove the handle at the top of the rings and attach a (second) dovetail on it. I already have a two pound Baader counterweight attached on a dovetail-clamb. This makes it easier to balance the OTA before and after removing the Pan, I only have to loose the clamb and can slide the counterweight up or down to the preferred position.

After reading your reactions I really don't want to get rid of my Pan, but I also want to keep the Giro mount. I think the Giro mount (and clones of it) is the most used alt-az mount in Europe. You guys have nice alt-az mounts in the States, like the ones from DSV or Unistar, but these are unfortunately not being sold in Europe, import is very expensive.

MY Giro II has no issues holding while I swap out the 31T5 for a Delos/TV Equalizer. Are you tightening the top knob enough?

Mike

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Re: Panoptic 35 vs Astro Tech Titan II 35 (Skywatcher Aero, TS Paragon)
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2018, 05:39:03 AM »
Keep the Pan. I've spent years looking for a lighter option and there isn't one!

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Re: Panoptic 35 vs Astro Tech Titan II 35 (Skywatcher Aero, TS Paragon)
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2018, 08:54:24 AM »
My son complains about the 35Pan in the Z10 as well. I've tightened his system up a bit and he is doing better with it. I probably need to rig up a better counterbalance to the Pan. As others have said it is lighter than many good quality alternatives, but it is just enough to drive things out of whack if you don't spend some time optimizing.