Orion SVP with Intelliscope Option
Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:29 PM
To this day, I still don't have the Intelliscope working, and I guess that is part of the reason it was discontinued.
Apparently it does work and well, once you get it setup which is non trivial based on my experience and after speaking with Orion they agreed.
Solution: Buy the GoTo kit which goes for about $400-500.
I'm glad that option is available, but the Intelliscope for the SVP is much more difficult to setup versus the dobs.
Posted 11 April 2009 - 07:01 AM
I got mine at the $80 closeout price, which, as far as this sort of thing goes, was quite a bargain.
Nice thing about it is you are free to use slo-mo controls or unlock the clamps anytime as desired without undoing the alignment. And of course there's no slewing noise or waiting.
I also have the GoTo option for mine (bought that first) and still use it for slo-mo but seldom for GoTo due to the noise and impatience with the slow slewing.
Were you asking for help?
Posted 11 April 2009 - 07:06 AM
Posted 11 April 2009 - 09:06 PM
The tech was telling me that I would have to remove the intelliscope encoders if I did install the GoTo.
I was wondering if others had gone down this path as well?
Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:29 AM
telling me that I would have to remove the intelliscope encoders if I did install the GoTo.
That's not true, both systems can be installed at the same time. Mine is set up that way.
Anything they would have told you about it being hard to set up is suspect as well.
As noted before, the Intelliscope RA encoder blocks usage of a polar scope, but since both systems are able to compensate for inaccurate polar alignment that isn't a serious inconvenience unless you are doing photography.