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#1 ybor

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 02:09 PM

I am looking at buying an iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount .

I read that Mini-Tower mounts had some problems .

Have the problems on Mini-Tower been corrected on the iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount ?

Are there any reported new problems with iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount ?

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#2 biz

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:21 AM

what sort of problems are you referring to..i have both the minitower and minitower pro mounts and i dont have any problems.

#3 ybor

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:26 AM

I was referring to the tracking & the bearings .

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 10:56 AM

I have a MiniTower and haven't had any real problems. Any problems I did have were caused by my scope not being balanced and putting too much strain on the motors. Balancing the scope and re-aligning the mount fixes this.

If the mount has any true problems, they're minor quirks and have nothing to do with performance:

Noisy high-speed slewing
No accessory tray on the tripod
Loud beep by the keypad when an object is found that can't be turned off

Otherwise, I'm very happy with my MiniTower.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 12:27 PM

doctornoodle..if you have a look at my photo folder (mimi-tower mods) on the minitower yahoo site you will see a tripod tray that i have put together.. its simple.
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Posted 15 June 2010 - 03:15 PM

I like that, Graham! Looks like it should be an easy project. Thanks! :waytogo:

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:20 PM

Doctornoodle, let's all call iOptron and ask them to include a goto slew speed selection menu and a "turn the %$#%^ beep off, and I mean OFF" setting in the next firmware revision. My CubePro,which uses the same firmware AFAIK, would be nearly perfect for my uses with those two improvements.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:57 PM

your welcome.........its real easy , only one hole to bore.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 04:43 AM

John, i certainly agree on a menu selection for go-to speed.
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 06:27 PM

i'm able to turn the beep off on my hand controller. I have a mini tower. I can't recall exactly which screens , but one of them has a sound setting, just select off. and then it won't beep until you power it down and power it back up.
I agree, that beep is annoying.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:10 AM

My Skywatcher 120mm ED apo is a long enough OTA that it kept striking the tripod legs when operating from the park position - mount south, OTA pointing to zenith. Ioptron's solution is to "allow you" to purchase a pier which attaches to your mount essentially lifting the brains of the mount about another 10 inches, and of course, adding weight to the entire telescope. I have ordered this pier, and when I get a chance to put a couple of hours of use to it, I will post my opinion. That makes $1436.00 into this mount so far! Stay tuned. Jim Hopkins, Naperville Astronomical Association, Kankakee Area Stargazers, and the Michiana Astronomical Society.

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#12 FishInPercolator

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:51 AM

Have these issues been resolved?






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