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Eric Shaffer

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ES Twilight I alt az mount
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:10:46 PM »
Well I got mine today, (ordered it Wednesday early AM) and opened it up and a quick assembly and must say I'm quite pleased with it as it sits here.
 The designers used a bit of grey matter on this one as most fear of this or that is not a problem for me at least.
 Opening up all the boxes looking for some sort of instructions were fruitless, but it's a no brainer for all but one thing where I wish I could have at least known ahead of time like with the Voyager with the 3 screws and the strict order not to mess with.
 So full speed ahead and undid 4 allen heads and what I was hoping for was what I was rewarded with.
On the az the slo mo cable is right in line with the alt slo mo cable when pointed at higher elevations.
 With this mount undo the 4 screws and rotate the az head to where you want the slo mo cable to be.
 The same hole pattern on the alt head is the same on the az head so no worry about finding the right place for locating the dovetail or az head.
  Cloudy tonight so no checking out the stability of the tripod.
 Below is a pic of the mount set up with the az slo mo like on Portamount
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Michael Burney

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 09:44:19 PM »
The face plate of both alt and az heads

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Adam Mann

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 02:24:04 PM »
The clutch tension knobs are quite nice as they let you tighten them up and if they get in the way the handle slides down with a spring loaded on the shaft to keep it engaged yet able to move it out of the way.
 So far I'm liking it.
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Joseph Garrison

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 04:16:14 AM »
Good info & nice photos.

Sounds like you won't need this but in case you are interested, here's a link to the instruction manual for the Orion VG III:   http://www.telescope...29447_04-12.pdf

I couldn't wait & ordered a Twilight I, also - mine should be arriving on Monday.

Warren Tucker

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 03:48:26 AM »
This mount looks great! Will it support a 8" SCT with finder and 2" ep's I'm wondering? Are the legs rock solid? Is the height suitable for seated viewing? THANKS-

Gregory Station

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 01:20:17 AM »
Thanks for the link OMIH, but it does not say what the 4 washers that come with are used for. I have an idea but will have to wait till later today to find out. m2

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 10:10:00 AM »
It's actually going to be clear sky tonight so I loaded up my new mount with my WO Megrez 80 and ready for darkness A few shots of it below m2

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 03:45:16 AM »
Another

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 07:46:29 AM »
One more.
 Right now there is no backlash on either slo mo, turning it is a now instead of wait a bit for it to kick in.
 With the legs collapsed all the way in the mount stays on its feet and not as backwards tippy as the Porta and Voyager when the scope is parked between it legs.
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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 08:49:19 AM »
Looks good Manny,  I see your mod fits it ok. Did you have to make a new one for this mount?  Any ideas on a lever for the tension adjustments on the voyager? Eric

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Re: ES Twilight I alt az mount
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 02:56:40 AM »
Yes it does look good Eric!. Do my mods fit okay??? They fit like they were made for it;-) The only thing I might change is the length of the verticle plate, making it a tad longer so the scope sits lower, but the bracket shown fits a Portamount and now the ES Twilight I. Ideas for the tension on the Voyager??? Drawing a blank here. Would be intersesting to see if the EST knobs would fit the Voyager but where would one get the knobs from? These knobs thread into an empty threaded hole and must put pressure on down below. Don't know if the Voyager's tension screws thread out allowing a new knob to fit. But what are the chances of the ES T's knobs fit. m2