Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:38 AM
Any new info?
Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:46 AM
By the way, your TV85 (in terms of payload) will be a walk in the park for the Mini Tower. I bought one at NEAF and I like it a lot. Some day soon when it stops raining in the Northeast, I may be able to put some miles on it.
Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:11 AM
The QC has become so good in the last few shipments that we now only need to test the units. We've not had to do any adjustments or tune ups in quite a while. The web page still needs to be updated to state this. The person who does that for us has been ill lately and should get to it shortly.
When the mounts leave our hands the anti-backlash settings are all set to zero. This makes a big difference when aligning on an object.
The latest firmware has taken care of some random tracking exceptions that were found on a few mounts.
I have an older gentleman who lives nearby and he uses a TV-85 on his Mini Tower all the time. He's very happy with the results.
We now offer the bearing upgrade service, the EQ wedge, the Losmandy/Vixen saddle plate upgrade for options. The tune up service is available for older units that were acquired from other sources.
Of course, we still insist on testing each mount for a minimum of four to six hours to make absolutely certain that it will work just like a famous ball point pen, "First time, every time!"
Al: Clear skies and NO RAIN are a MYTH here in the Northeast! I'm getting ready to build and Ark. How about you?
Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:16 PM
Enjoy. Great Mount.
Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:51 PM
Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:56 PM
Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:43 PM
I've even aligned mine by doing a 2 star alignment without ever recentering the targets. The first object I select is normally still in the FOV when I go to it. I then do a sync to target on the first object I pick and it usually stays dead on for most of the session. My only complaint is that the mount is too low, it needs longer legs or an extender at the top.
Mine has about a year's worth of miles on it now and I have yet to see an electrical or mechanical problem.
Excellent piece of gear....I would recommend it to anyone as the best go to buy on the market.
Posted 30 May 2009 - 12:54 PM
Posted 30 May 2009 - 01:53 PM
Is it possible to put Losmandy type saddle plates on the Mini-Tower?
Posted 30 May 2009 - 02:19 PM
Does this mount have manual slow mo controls?
The mount is really very nice and yes, it will handle your SP-C6. As a matter of fact, you won't need the rings for your Orion Shorty, as you can mount it on the other side of the mount (go to Ioptron web site and see a picture).
You may not realize it, but the mount is full goto.
Posted 30 May 2009 - 02:27 PM
As far as capacity goes, I regularly use it for my homebuilt 8" Newtonian which weighs around 23 pounds with a binoviewer. It runs very smoothly with this weight and the go to is very accurate. The tracking self adjusts to whatever mode you have entered whether sidereal or lunar.
Tracking is very smooth and objects are held very accurately.