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Joel Russell

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 08:41:12 AM »
First post for me here. Getting back into the hobby after getting sucked into the 80s Halley craze. Take it from a beginner, I started my research with the mount 48 hrs. ago. Not the scope, not the camera, not the software...

If all goes as planned, should place an order for the Linear and a 130 T-Pod soon.

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2018, 10:00:03 AM »
Andy, I agree with all the other opinions that the mount is the most important part of our equipment when talking about AP. I am also in the upgrade moment, changing my moded neq6pro for a Mesu200. I also build a new pier, more solid and wider to provide the enough stability to the system. One of the strongest points of the Mesu is the stiffness. Others are the low PE and the accuracy.

Also an owner of an ASI1600 with EFW, OAG and broadband filters (the narrow band ones are coming soon). Now just testing it with the FSQ85 on the Neq6. Comparisions with the Mesu will be provided soon.

Congrats on your purchase!!

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2018, 01:00:46 AM »
Andy, this'll make you chuckle a bit as I know we both talked about the linear on the stargazers lounge forum. We must be twinned at birth as I to have just ordered the linear with a t110 tripod! I'm intending to do a review for cloudy nights folk which I'll update every now and again. I've been told I've got a 2-3 week wait. Did you order from Ian King?

Timothy Moody

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2018, 12:16:26 PM »
Oh, I should also say that there will be a new Polemaster adaptor for the linear going live in a few weeks. The current one produced means removing the carry handle so I believe they are redesigning it.

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 02:21:14 PM »
I undervalued polemaster. day by day i am learning that is SCARY!

However.. i am more about getting Hercules Tripod by Geoptik with the minitower from avalon.

1) wood has a different response from steel (vibrations)
2) steel will become ice in no time.
3) future flexibility

Mesu would be my 1st option if i had a fixed observatory

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2018, 06:00:50 AM »
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Please let us know how it works out.

Will certainly do that.

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You're going to love that mount. Very smooth curves on it; easy to guide. Superb workmanship. And, you can talk to the head guy if you need to!

The reported ease of guiding does appeal to me. Also the portability of the mount is important for me as I plan to travel to a dark site with it. At home I setup and tear down each session and I'll be able to lift the mount without any problem.

<p class="citation">CrzHrs, on 10 Jan 2017 - 10:54 PM, said:<a href="https://www.cloudynights.com/index.php?app=forums&amp;module=forums&amp;section=findpost&amp;pid=7639953" rel="citation">[/url]<blockquote class="ipsBlockquote built" data-author="CrzHrs" data-cid="7639953" data-time="1484081652">

Luciano is supporting customers far beyond his duty

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I emailed Avalon with some questions and got a quick response. My last email was sent on a Saturday and I received a response on Sunday :-)

<p class="citation">Becomart, on 11 Jan 2017 - 12:58 AM, said:<a href="https://www.cloudynights.com/index.php?app=forums&amp;module=forums&amp;section=findpost&amp;pid=7640168" rel="citation">[/url]<blockquote class="ipsBlockquote built" data-author="Becomart" data-cid="7640168" data-time="1484089114">

Andy, this'll make you chuckle a bit as I know we both talked about the linear on the stargazers lounge forum. We must be twinned at birth as I to have just ordered the linear with a t110 tripod! I'm intending to do a review for cloudy nights folk which I'll update every now and again. I've been told I've got a 2-3 week wait. Did you order from Ian King?

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Must be a case of great minds thinking alike :-) Yes I ordered from Ian King. I ordered the wifi version did you go with that one or the Bluetooth? I'll also wait for the updated polemaster adapter.

I've started using SGPro and Avalon have said it will work with the Stargo control system. There is an ASCOM driver.

I'm also going to check with Avalon if there are any recommended settings for PHD2.

Whilst researching the mount I found this video which shows a close up view of one of the belts at 3:40. It's good to get a look under the cover:
https://www.youtube....h?v=62BmtgxLXrI

Andy

Robert Laygo

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 10:03:22 AM »
I am going to talk with a reseller becouse i wish to see stargo myself. Very often i dont see polaris, nor i can use the polemaster. I wish to understand how polar alignment routine works.

i wish also qhy would make a polemaster routine with no north visible.. :/

Brandon Garrido

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2018, 10:21:26 PM »
Hi Andy, yes I ordered the wifi version as I want to be able to control using sky safari on my iPhone for visual (which I don't do often but my society does a fair bit of out reach). I've also ordered a couple of losmandy plates as it's time to convert - would appear a little more stable than Vixen but not sure if there is any fact behind that. There is a video of the stargo working with pretty much everything and simultaneously so I think you'll be good to go with SGP. I was going to wait until Astrofest to buy but since I've had my eye on the mount (last Sept), the price has gone up 3 times because of Brexit by an eye watering £450-500 so I decide to jump before it went up again. For PHD2 settings, do a google search for Sara Wager as she has some settings she recommends. I believe Avalon also provide recommended settings with the mount.

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2018, 07:05:50 AM »
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I was going to wait until Astrofest to buy but since I've had my eye on the mount (last Sept), the price has gone up 3 times because of Brexit by an eye watering £450-500 so I decide to jump before it went up again. For PHD2 settings, do a google search for Sara Wager as she has some settings she recommends.

Same with me. I didn't want to risk further price increases so decided to go for it. I'll have a look at the guide settings. I'll also run the guiding assistant to see what it recommends.

Andy.


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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2018, 10:50:45 AM »
Well I went with the 10 Micron GM 1000 HPS. I was told it could do 30 minute unguided images with a C11 and have perfect stars.
Well I never ended up doing any unguided imaging worth a flip.
But when I turned on the Off Axis Guiding.....Hang On Man!!!!!!!


That is fantastic, but at nearly $10k I would be cooking my own goose.

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2018, 06:09:45 AM »
That is some incredible guiding above, for sure. I'd probably be doing 20 or 30 min. sub's with that.

David Allen

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Re: Mount Upgrade
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2018, 10:36:36 AM »
For a budget look at the Cem 60 I have had one for years I run the Standard model its carrying a C11 with loads of gear weight about another 6kg or so never miss a beat carrying 18kg plus or minus . in fact its a little better with more weight on it.
Below in the PHD2 graphs this was a quick capture tonight so I wasn't waiting to look good. They are just great value , I was looking around for some time took the plunge never regretted it. Yes there are mounts that do a lot better but not many for the money.