ioptron cube as airline travel mount
Posted 21 February 2009 - 12:21 PM
I have yet to see a picture of the cube's tripod and how small it collapses...any feedback would be appreciated.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:44 PM
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:43 AM
Not sure if the cube will work well for imaging. Remember, it's not an equatorial and it has very limited payload.
Please refer to the article of "The iOptron CUBE, A Versatile Astrophotography Tool!" by Jeanette Dunphy in the newest issue of Astronomy Technology Today. I just finished reading and was amazed by the great images. Peter
Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:17 AM
I didn't read the article, but will try to do so. Until then, I could understand how you can take pictures of bright solar system objects such as the moon and bright planets, but I wish you would tell us how the article handles imaging dim DSOs.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:28 PM
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:36 PM
Pearlstar and Scubaanddreams, I will try to scan the article tonight (use my son's scanner), but I typed the last two paragraphs here for you to peek:
And at the Barambah Dark Sky Camp it was the only scope and camera on the imaging field that was reliably working and imaging for the entire time. Before the event ended, every other set up (some worth many thousands of dollars) had stopped working due to various hard-ware and software problems. It was very difficult not to show how smug I felt about that.
There is a lot to be said about keeping it all simple and the iOptron alt-azimuth go-to mount and scope simply work.
Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:03 AM
Thank you for posting the link to her article.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:03 AM
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:26 AM
I believe that Jeanette definitely disproved that statement with no room for doubt! If not, then read the suggested article, again and again until it sinks in! (Most of her stuff is posted in the Photos Section of the iOptron User's Group on Yahoo.)
I believe that we can safely say that Jeanette has proven that it's not WHAT you own, it's how you USE IT!
Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:16 PM
You might not really understand Don's question. He talked about AA/EQ dual mount. Of course I did read Jeanette's article and amazed with her astrophotography with the iOptron basic Cube-E, not the dual mount. No matter it is iOptron or Meade, A-A mount is limited to less than 1 min exposure before field rotation effect occurs. Peter
Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:45 PM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:18 PM
In AA mode any mount is pretty much limited to 56 - 58 seconds, that's a given. In EQ mode the Cube and Cube Pro can do just as well if set up properly. Jeaneatte has proven that it doesn't require Federal funding to get good images. The fact that she used a very "budget minded" mount is diametrically opposite of was suggested about pricing for a good EQ mount.
As for the difference between the Cube and Cube Pro, there are significant items. The most important is that the worm and worm gear in the Pro are both made from metal and are more accurate than the plastic ones in the Cube. Also, from what I could see when examining the internals of both there are better bearings in the Pro.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:37 PM
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT THE PAYLOAD CAPABILITY OF THE PRO?
Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:41 PM
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