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Antonio Stanton

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Time to Upgrade
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:46:20 PM »
Hello, I'm currently using an iOptron iEQ45 (C edition) I purchased a couple of years ago ; back in 2014ish I think.  I am on the market for a new mount since I need something that will last me a long moment.  I am becoming concerned with my iEQ45 since it doesn't connect to the pc such as most mounts do and I have had many issues with this particular mount that iOptron doesn't really care to help me with.  They answer their phone!!!  I am wanting to spend around $3000 but I feel that another Chinese made bracket will not get me anything greater than the IEQ45 and I will just end up with issues again.  I am feeling that I'm going to have to purchase something such as the Paramount MYT or even Astro-Physics Mach1GTO.  Between applications and hardware, I have spent approximately $11000 to $12000 in my telescope.

What bracket should I buy?

Christopher

PS I am using just a 4" Stellarvue refractor using Eagle pc and guide scope  nothing heavy



William Mendoza

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 12:14:01 AM »
Just a few things, not wanting to dissuade you.

Do not know "won't connect to the computer?" .  This doesn't do the job?  Similar things work good with my CEM60.  ASCOM is ASCOM.

http://www.ioptron.c...cles.asp?ID=297

I discovered that, while the iOptron guys are tough to get on the telephone, they're extremely responsive through email.  I know the reason why they like that.

$3000 is a gap place for mounts.  There's the Atlas Pro for $2000, the CEM60 for $2500, the Losmandy G11 (various costs).  The Vixen SXD2.  The new and unproven CGX.  Not much until the Mach1 or even the MyT.

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 12:52:10 AM »
Losmandy G11

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 03:07:43 PM »
When I install the IEQ45 drivers in ASCOM I just get basic controls, it doesn't tell me RA and DEc or anything like most mounts in ASCOM do.
I've heard the G11 wasn't all that great for Astrophotography but I've never personally tested it out. I've heard about the Celestron CGX and it looks very nice. Quality looks pretty good too but it's very new.

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 04:36:33 PM »
Mach1gto and you're set.

Michael Dinelli

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 10:08:31 PM »
I was hoping more for a bit of reasoning rather than just telling me the AP or G11. I know they are all good mounts but what is preferred and why haha.

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 01:28:08 AM »
Materials, weight, software, price. I was told that they were working to let it fully work directly with skysafari..
i found losmandy very "basic" design, and there are A LOT of mods. Easy to repair through. Some loves it, some hates it.. No half way.

There is avalon linear, a great piece of engeneering with a unique design.
or the g53f. Mechanically a joy but the pulsar2 is not loved by customers.

then the china's side of the moon. Az-eq6,eq6r,cgx.. Not a real improvement

..edit: at the end of tunnel there is the gm1000hps, the light

Marquise Nation

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 10:31:19 AM »
Here is a link that are actual images from astrophotographers that will show you what Losmandy Mount users are achieving with our mounts.

https://www.astrobin.com/

Then search Losmandy

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 01:49:57 AM »
Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 is gong to be $3200, add lots ofaccessories and you will still be below $4000 for a great mount & tripod.The build quality on the Losmandy mounts far outclasses any of the Chinese mounts and that translates into buld consistency. It's also American made, CNC machined and has great support from both experiencedusers and the manufacturer.

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 03:45:56 AM »
Love to hear mr. losmandy in the discussion. I wish to ask you somethings:

- is it true that mount was updated few time ago? How did it improved accurancy and smoothness?
- why motors has no cover, specially why solderings are on open air? We have a lot of dew here..
- there was no option to add a little chain and move motors in a more compact way?

- is it possible to remove the little screen keyboard and move it to a smartphone as an app? I think the more we go on, the more the controllers keyboards/pads becomes obsolete. It is a my thought, but lately anyone relays on handy for many things. Example, zwo is working on direct capture to the phone.

thanks for advices!

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 12:13:51 AM »
Losmandy G11 has the best reputation in that price range in terms of build quality, performance and service. A bit more expensive, but closer in price than the the others mentioned is the Avalon M Zero, a high quality single arm equatorial fork. Very light weight / portable, belt drives, low maintenance and no meridian flip. A good choice for shortish refractors and small SCTs.

Derek

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 11:06:06 AM »
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Love to hear mr. losmandy in the discussion. I wish to ask you somethings:

- is it true that mount was updated few time ago? How did it improved accurancy and smoothness?
- why motors has no cover, specially why solderings are on open air? We have a lot of dew here..
- there was no option to add a little chain and move motors in a more compact way?

- is it possible to remove the little screen keyboard and move it to a smartphone as an app? I think the more we go on, the more the controllers keyboards/pads becomes obsolete. It is a my thought, but lately anyone relays on handy for many things. Example, zwo is working on direct capture to the phone.

thanks for advices!

All G11's for the last 25 years are all upgradeable.

We have made a few updates over the years such as the high precision worm and the new clutch pads.

Our motors have always had cases/covers and the current design has never had any issues with air or dew.

Our new Tucked in motors have covers and design can be seen here on another cloudy nights strand http://www.cloudynig...or-g11-and-gm8/

The Gemini 2 is compatible with any ASCOM based program such as SkySafari so you are able to use your smartphone or tablet.

Adam Rice

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2018, 10:36:28 PM »
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When I install the IEQ45 drivers in ASCOM I just get basic controls, it doesn't tell me RA and DEc or anything like most mounts in ASCOM do.
I've heard the G11 wasn't all that great for Astrophotography but I've never personally tested it out. I've heard about the Celestron CGX and it looks very nice. Quality looks pretty good too but it's very new.

The G11 Is showing its age looks wise. No through mount cabling and the motors look like after thoughts, but to each their own. You can do a lot of tweaking to it if your that way inclined.
The CGX has potential but I'd wait a while for early adopter glitches to get solved.

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2018, 11:15:22 PM »
Basically you were already working on all point i was doubtfull. Nice to know, i will keep an eye open on it. But remember, good looking needs the same care as good working. It is very important.
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Love to hear mr. losmandy in the discussion. I wish to ask you somethings:

- is it true that mount was updated few time ago? How did it improved accurancy and smoothness?
- why motors has no cover, specially why solderings are on open air? We have a lot of dew here..
- there was no option to add a little chain and move motors in a more compact way?

- is it possible to remove the little screen keyboard and move it to a smartphone as an app? I think the more we go on, the more the controllers keyboards/pads becomes obsolete. It is a my thought, but lately anyone relays on handy for many things. Example, zwo is working on direct capture to the phone.

thanks for advices!

All G11's for the last 25 years are all upgradeable.

We have made a few updates over the years such as the high precision worm and the new clutch pads.

Our motors have always had cases/covers and the current design has never had any issues with air or dew.

Our new Tucked in motors have covers and design can be seen here on another cloudy nights strand http://www.cloudynig...or-g11-and-gm8/

The Gemini 2 is compatible with any ASCOM based program such as SkySafari so you are able to use your smartphone or tablet.[/quote]

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Re: Time to Upgrade
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2018, 10:17:11 AM »
Sure you can control your ieq45 with computer.
PDF
Video

So far I have been very satisfied with the iOptron support (email only but that's fine by me).

Mind you what others have mentioned there's this new version of Skywatcher EQ6 mount.