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hoidingsikva

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Gemini G53F
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:26:15 AM »
Finally, the new mount came home from Italy, after a long wait .....The requirements were, mount should have a loading capacity for larger scopes, equipped with encoders, etc.

The final options were Fornax 52, Mesu-Mount 200, and Gemini G53F, which was chosen.
For some reason I did not get any contacts/offer from Mesu ?

The price range all of them were of the same + - 6.5 K €.

Gemini is promised a load capacity of 43kg and the workmanship is surely good , so the promises are not just empty words.
("Periodic error guaranteed to be 4 arc seconds or less, Peak-to-Peak.")

The tripod is a friction drive model, so there are no worm gears at all.

The price for the package was € 6300 (Tripod / Losmandy rail, Pulsar2 / Hand controller, counterbalance rod, counterweights, QHY polemaster adapter and all cables).

Polemaster came as a surprise because I did not order/pay it, so maybe i got it as a "giveaway"?

A few pictures on the tripod
USB out - 12VDC in - Pulsar2 connector:
12VDC out - USB in :

Motors/encoders:










Johnny Jeep

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 07:30:27 PM »
I cant speak for the newer Gemini mounts as I have not had the pleasure of using one but I have had an older model G40 for some years now and can attest to the quality and performance in that regard. Excellent and no doubt the newer ones are the same. Congrats!

Mike Partoza

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 01:31:57 PM »
Congratulations on your new acquisition! Looks beautiful.

The Polemaster adapter is probably custom for the mount, and should you get a Polemaster (highly recommended) will come in handy.

Please let us know how this turns out where it counts--tracking and round stars. These mounts are relatively unknown in the US (although Deep Space Products imports them) and the lack of reviews keeps people away.

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 05:10:12 AM »
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The Polemaster adapter is probably custom for the mount, and should you get a Polemaster (highly recommended) will come in handy.

Please let us know how this turns out where it counts--tracking and round stars. These mounts are relatively unknown in the US (although Deep Space Products imports them) and the lack of reviews keeps people away.


Yep, its custom made adapter.

I have a QHY polemaster and i like it a lot. I was quite a surpriced polemaster was delivered with the mount , so
now i have two!

Will have to wait mount results till late July , because astronomical darkness is allready over here........

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 11:13:22 PM »
Congrats! I've been admiring that mount since first reading about it some months ago. Friction drive, accurate tracking, high load capacity and at an excellent price point for all it offers. I was interested also in its no flip capabilities with the optional pier extension. The one potential negative that some have mentioned is the Pulsar controller. I look forward to hearing more about the mount.

Derek

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 05:33:48 PM »
Mount has some nice features:

USB out from mount and 12VDC in for devices.12VDC power out for USB-Hub or other devices and USB in from Hub.

Pulsar2 is way different ,compared to the previous controllers. You will have to set all the parameter and load star catalogs etc......




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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 01:32:56 AM »
Nice to see some review of this jewel

Jack Jefferson

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2018, 08:30:23 AM »
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Congrats! I've been admiring that mount since first reading about it some months ago. Friction drive, accurate tracking, high load capacity and at an excellent price point for all it offers. I was interested also in its no flip capabilities with the optional pier extension. The one potential negative that some have mentioned is the Pulsar controller. I look forward to hearing more about the mount.

Derek

Same here ... the mount I am planning to buy - but have to first build the observatory since I am planning to use the mount on a pier.

Rob Stevens

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2018, 11:54:35 AM »
Congrats!
I had one, but my experiences were so so... and finally was returned. Check its periodic error and tracking accuracy.
Regards.

James Bradmon

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 06:09:07 PM »
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Congrats!
I had one, but my experiences were so so... and finally was returned. Check its periodic error and tracking accuracy.
Regards.

Care to share any details? Even the finest mounts will have detractors, and there will be an occasional lemon. But those looking to upgrade want to hear the good and the bad from actual users, Including experiences with vendors, support, warranty and return issues, etc. once a problem has been established.

Derek

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 06:27:41 AM »
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Congrats!
I had one, but my experiences were so so... and finally was returned. Check its periodic error and tracking accuracy.
Regards.


I have heard/read some owners have had some problems with G53F mounts.
Most of the problems seems to related incorrect parameters on software.

What was yours?

My Gemini was delivered all the parameters set correctly and go-to catalogs installed.

We´ll see how well my mount will track................

Anton Balderrama

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2018, 08:52:51 PM »
Hi,

To be honest with you, I'm sure that is an amazing mount, but probably I had bad luck, because as Derek wrote, always there is an occasional lemon...

I had an unit with an abnormally big periodic error (more than 30"PV); why? software or hardware issue? lack of QA? no idea... so, if after checking your mount, it is ok (and it should be good), enjoy your great mount

Kind regards.

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Re: Gemini G53F
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2018, 02:52:13 PM »
Any update assuming you have used this mount now for last seven or eight months?