iOptron Mini Tower
Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:00 AM
I would like to know if/how it will work with eq mode and how well it tracks.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 04:04 PM
what is the noise level of this mount?
First of all, welcome to Cloudy Nights. I hope you enjoy this site and learn as much as I have.
Jeffrey said it is quiet in his review, but that is a very subjective term, especially if there is no reference level to compare. I have been told that it is not as quiet as my Atlas, but it is a little quieter than my old Celestron. I have not seen one in person yet, but hope to do so next week.
I hope that helps a little.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 04:49 PM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:01 AM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:26 PM
This is just as easy to use and a whole lot more portable.
If visual observing is your interest..........this one's a winner!
Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:16 AM
Thanks for the good review.
Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:11 PM
I run mine using an Celestron Power-Tank. It easily runs the entire weekend on one charge. If you start to get erratic behavior, it seems to get a bit wierd when the power is low, but that is easily diagnosed and fixed with a fresh charge.
Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:12 PM
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 06:43 PM
I think the options are the ones that come with it.
Posted 29 October 2008 - 06:45 PM
Posted 30 October 2008 - 03:34 AM
I received my MiniTower just the other day and had it out last night under perfectly clear skies here in West Palm Beach for nearly 11 hours. I had an observation plan, comparing a few cameras and wanted to use the iOptron's MiniTower first light with an older C8 - it is 25 years old.
However, I was never able to get the GPS to lock in. It showed "On" but never switched to "Ok".
I believe I set the hand controller up correctly. I did it about five times. I had another GPS running in the drive, connected to a KIWI OSD time insertion device that I use for location and time stamping video recorded occultations.
I wonder if the two could have interfered with each other? They were only five feet apart.
I love the size of the mount. It appears well made. I did use it to move a small refractor, Astro-Tech 66 mm APO, around the sky. But without the GPS lock (Ok), I was never able to use the tracking and GOTO features.
I will next try it with nothing else electrical turned on. Wish me luck.
Terry - W6LMJ
Posted 30 October 2008 - 07:46 AM
Excellent mount and the GPS is very strong.
Posted 31 October 2008 - 05:29 AM
Terry - W6LMJ
Posted 31 October 2008 - 06:13 AM
Thanks for the help.
Terry - W6LMJ
Posted 31 October 2008 - 07:58 AM
They really NEED to improve that connection up there.
Very easy to dislodge during shipping !