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First checkout of my new IPI-262 Mount

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#1 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:06 AM

I'm one of the two "early adopters" for Kevin's first run of the IPI-262 mount. There were some minor issues that cropped-up but Kevin was great in helping to work thru everything...This is one BIG mount; it's rated for 100# but I bet it would easily handle the same load as the AP1200.

The eq. head (RA+DEC) weighs-in at a hefty 93# (w/o counter-weight shaft), and the only thing that makes it managable is that it breaks into two ~45# parts.

Uncorrected PE with this mount is running +/- 1.5" peak-to-peak -- Following the pictures, I've included some screen shots from one of the PE data runs that I performed tonight; this data covers approx. 2 1/2 worm periods but longer runs show similar results.

Here're are a few pictures of the mount with my C8 and SV AT-1010 guide scope...

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#2 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:10 AM

Another pic...

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#3 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:12 AM

Yet another pic...

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#4 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:20 AM

Ok, last pic...

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#5 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:44 AM

After a little work with photoshop, I was able to convert the screen capture of the PE Analysis into a jpeg so it can be displayed....

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#6 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:53 AM

Mount PEC curve...

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#7 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:54 AM

Lastly, mount freq. analysis...

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#8 nik hodges

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 09:53 AM

looks very good, makes the C8 look microscopic -)

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:50 AM

Great looking mount!

#10 David Pavlich

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:15 PM

As a mount junkie, I can tell you that this sure looks like a nice piece of hardware. I hope you keep us posted about the continued performance of the mount.

Edit: You really do need to get a C14 on that thing...really!

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#11 antilles72

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:34 PM

Wow!!! That is some serious mount. I am with David on this. you NEED to put a 14" on there.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:26 PM

Great mount, the uncorrected PE sounds very high end. Congratulations!

#13 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

Yup, it's way too big for the C8; I had to add the AT-1010 just so I could balance the load properly. You should've seen it when I just had the little 80mm refractor on it...it was too heavy to use without the counterweight shaft installed and too light to use with it. ;)

I have a large refractor coming later this month, so that should take care of the current telescope/mount mismatch.

Cheers,
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#14 karlz

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:45 PM

That PE isn't corrected...no PEC, no guiding, nada. Just letting the drive run while collecting data with my webcam -- The FS2 Controller supports PEC, but the data doesn't persist across power-cycles so I don't use it.

I've done 3 independent runs now to confirm the results, because I didn't believe them at first. All the runs confirmed that uncorrected PE for this mount is <+/-2" peak-to-peak...Needless to say, I'm very happy with that result. :cool:

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:26 PM

I did mean "uncorrected", again, an impressive number. :waytogo:

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:07 PM

Some more pics would be great!

#17 JerryWise

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:26 PM

Really nice setup. Those are fantastic numbers. not much to autoguide when that mount locks onto the pole.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 03:15 PM

What a beautiful beast, the performance looks better than an AP1200 really. That is a real keeper.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:37 PM

i would like to have this mount in the observatory and one in the living room so i could look at them all the time. the nighthawk adds a stylish elegance.

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#20 karlz

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 02:29 AM

Thanks for the complements! I just took some more pictures and I'll get them posted tomorrow. Cheers

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 11:18 PM

Great mount, and PE numbers. I met Kevin at NEAF. He really seems to love what he is doing. His mounts are very, very well built. If he would have been making mounts about a year ago I would have purchased one of them.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:58 AM

More pics...

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:05 AM

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#24 karlz

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:06 AM

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:08 AM

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