Jump to content


Photo

AOK altaz mount distributors?

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 NHRob

NHRob

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5020
  • Joined: 27 Aug 2004
  • Loc: New Hampshire

Posted 16 March 2009 - 08:55 AM

I am interested in a AOK-Swiss altaz mount, similar to the EZTouch. Does anyone know of a distributor in the uS or do I have to order direct from AOK?

Thanks,
Rob

#2 GlenM

GlenM

    Vendor - Lyra Optic

  • -----
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 2611
  • Joined: 20 May 2007
  • Loc: Lancashire England

Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:38 AM

Hi Rob,

Can't help with a US ditributor,I got mine in the UK www.altairastro.com

#3 DennisF

DennisF

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1199
  • Joined: 03 Mar 2006
  • Loc: Northern IL

Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:49 AM

AFAIK, there are no US distributors. I've orders parts directing from AYO with no problem. Very helpful people.

#4 NHRob

NHRob

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5020
  • Joined: 27 Aug 2004
  • Loc: New Hampshire

Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:29 PM

Glen,
Neat. Did you get the Ayo standard? It is my understanding that the Ayo mount, from AOK, is a more robust design than the similar EZTouch.

Rob

#5 GlenM

GlenM

    Vendor - Lyra Optic

  • -----
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 2611
  • Joined: 20 May 2007
  • Loc: Lancashire England

Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:58 PM

Hi Rob,

Yeh,the AYO standard. The standard is the same as the original WO EZ Touch. I believe WO used to buy their original ones from AOK until they moved manufacture to Taiwan and reverse engineered them.

#6 NHRob

NHRob

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5020
  • Joined: 27 Aug 2004
  • Loc: New Hampshire

Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:40 AM

Glen,
Hmm .. I once owned an earlier model EZTouch, the first year WO introduced them. It was very smooth but, I can't imagine using it with a load like the TEC-140. I was hoping that the AOK Ayo was a step up in stability/beefiness.
Rob

#7 chboss

chboss

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 727
  • Joined: 24 Mar 2008
  • Loc: Zurich Switzerland

Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:09 AM

Hi Rob

Well the TEC-140 is certainly at the limit for the standard AYO. With a counter weight it might be just OK.

There are in fact two bigger models for heavier loads.
The AYOnd and the AYOdigi are certainly up to the job.
http://www.aokswiss....yond/ayond.html
http://www.aokswiss....gi/ayodigi.html

Furthermore they just introduced the AYOmaster for the really big guns. D&G anyone? ;)
The picture on the website shows a 150mm Lichtenkecker Semi Apo... :woohoo:
http://www.aokswiss.ch/
http://www.aokswiss...._ayomaster.html

regards
Chris

#8 NHRob

NHRob

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5020
  • Joined: 27 Aug 2004
  • Loc: New Hampshire

Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:52 PM

The AYOnd looks like a nice alternative. I'll check it out.

Thanks,
Rob

#9 skyjim

skyjim

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1624
  • Joined: 13 Jan 2007
  • Loc: Carmel, NY

Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:56 PM

Maybe if Markus wants to become a dealer for thses mounts and bring them to NEAF this year that would be great. I too am looking for a good Alt/Az mount but the Orion one I had was way to problematic and I want a double header for two scopes. I wish AYO would open a stateside dealer, they have some real nice stuff.
Jim

#10 Jeff55

Jeff55

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 564
  • Joined: 14 Apr 2005
  • Loc: Boston MA

Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:35 AM

Note that Markus already produces his own heavy duty alt/az mount known as the MaxMount (see his APM webpage) which he displayed at NEAF last year. Frankly, it wasn't setup well so it was difficult to get a good sense of how well it functions. It is designed to handle larger scopes.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics