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#1 FLNightSky

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:06 PM

On a recent issue of S&T which covered this year's NEAF I saw a picture of something called the Musicbox which was a little camera mount (barn door tracker I think) which you wound up. I can't find any information on it, has anyone seen/tried one?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:50 PM

I saw the Musicbox mount at NEAF this year and was intrigued by it. IIRC the gentlemen showing it was from China. I have a few photos that I can share, but unfortunately no other information about the product or the company.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:50 PM

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:51 PM

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#5 FLNightSky

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 04:32 PM

Thanks for the pictures. I also am unable to find any info about it. It looks pretty cool.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 09:37 AM

It has surfaced at http://www.leo-optronics.com/ now we need a price?
And it plays a tune!

#7 Dave Chapman

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I bought one of these in late 2009 and have had good results using it . Are there any other users out there?

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:17 AM

I have just bought the latest version, the Musicbox EQ2. A picture of it is shown here with a ball head on a homemade base. It can run for 7 minutes on a full wind up but the maker advise using it for the “middle” 5 minutes only. The playing of “twinkle twinkle little star “ all the way along as I am taking pictures is a good way to keep me and my nearby comrades happy in a cold night.
I reckon it is all right with a small DSLR and a wide angle lens taking wide field pictures of the night sky.

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#9 TONGKW

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:21 AM

Herewith is another picture showing the other side.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

How much does it cost? It looks like a very perfect camping trip AP mount.

Does it really play twinkle twinkle? Hilarious!

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Leo-optronics doesn't appear to be a real site. Where did you get one?

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:12 PM

The Musicbox EQ2 star tracker does really play “twinkle twinkle little star” while tracking.
The driving power comes from the spring of the little music box. I was told this little music box can be replaced with another one with another song when available later.
The Musicbox EQ2 star tracker was ordered directly from Japan a few months ago. This is their website.
http://www.skybird.jp/
The price was 19,800.00 Yen plus postage.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:33 AM

Thank you for the link.

Hmm, about $233.57. I am trying to decide if that is expensive or not. The cute little Vixen Polarie is $395, so that makes the MusicBox EQ look pretty good in comparison.

I suppose the bigger question I have is why these haven't been available all along since the 1950s.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:33 AM

Thank you for the link.

Hmm, about $233.57. I am trying to decide if that is expensive or not. The cute little Vixen Polarie is $395, so that makes the MusicBox EQ look pretty good in comparison.

I suppose the bigger question I have is why these haven't been available all along since the 1950s.

-Rich

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:56 AM

I also have the Vixen Polarie. I find the Vixen Polarie to be much more substantial in construction and thus can carry a much heavier load. The Musicbox EQ2 is rather delicate by comparison.
Herewith is my Vixen Polarie carrying a DSLR and a Borg 50 refractor OTA, a combination I often take along during my traveling.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

I have a Musicbox EQ. Can't say I much care for it, but at the time, the Polarie and it's clones weren't available yet. The big downfall is the 6 minutes. It's just not enough time to gather really good data.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

It appears that the EQII is capable of operation in both North and South hemispheres. I used the original EQ mount in New Zealand, but I had to invent a mechanical gismo to hang it upside-down!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

There is provision for operating the Musicbox EQ2 in the south hemisphere.
All that is needed is to remove the existing tripod mounting plate at the front of the mount body and re-mount it onto the back.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

It appears iOptron is making one as well...

http://www.ioptron.c...-b0e2-4dd6-9...






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