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#1 Jamzie

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 11:53 AM

Does anyone have any information or images of this soon to be released mount?

#2 Doug76

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 12:23 PM

It's the one in the middle, with the refractor on it.
Looks sort of like a cosmetically changed CGE Pro.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 12:42 PM

Like the other recent Synta mounts (HEQ5, EQ-6), it's probably Tak-inspired. Has kind of an EM-400 look to it.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 03:44 PM

Price?

#5 Doug76

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:24 PM

Up there! :lol:

#6 R3i

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:17 AM

Another pic available on the UK Stargazers Lounge Forum: EQ7

PS: Is it OK to post a link to other forums? Apologies if I've broken an etiquette rule.

#7 Asimov

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:34 AM

The pic doesn't display for me.

#8 R3i

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:44 AM

Ah :foreheadslap:, I think you may need to be logged in on the forum to view images etc.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:06 PM

Actually - looking at some photos from the exhibition, it definitely looks more directly evolved from the CGE-Pro.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:09 PM

Displayed for me, and I don't have a log-in there. Maybe a UK thing.

Anyway, looks like a seriously serious mount!

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:45 PM

Yeah, worked fine for me too. Looks like serious hardware. Now it's pretty easy to cast/machine big pieces of metal but to do it accurately is pretty hard. I hope they got it right.

At the same time the predicted Summer '11 release date makes it close to vapor ware. I'm sure many of you here saw the big EQ from iOptron at NEAF in '09 and you still can't get it. Let's hope Skywatcher/Synta can put some production capacity behind this project and get some beta units in testers hands soon. Sure would be sweet if the motor board had the same protocol as the EQ6 so EQMOD could work with it. I'm dreaming now.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:53 PM

Cool! Now I'm wondering what the Orion version will look like.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:54 PM

Eh, black with blue and white accents? :)

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:51 PM

Yeah, worked fine for me too. Looks like serious hardware. Now it's pretty easy to cast/machine big pieces of metal but to do it accurately is pretty hard. I hope they got it right.

At the same time the predicted Summer '11 release date makes it close to vapor ware. I'm sure many of you here saw the big EQ from iOptron at NEAF in '09 and you still can't get it. Let's hope Skywatcher/Synta can put some production capacity behind this project and get some beta units in testers hands soon. Sure would be sweet if the motor board had the same protocol as the EQ6 so EQMOD could work with it. I'm dreaming now.


I doubt they'll have much problem getting on the streets, as it doesn't look much different from Synta's other big mount, the CGE Pro.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 02:58 PM

Very interesting! And not only that mount: the new five-element 120ED and the 150ED, as well as the 100mm Petzval design, could be a serious challenge to the rest of the market.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 03:08 PM

I had it coming, Nocturnal.

Personally, I really like the white mounts from Skywatcher, but with those LEDs reflecting off the white in a dark site...I dunno.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 09:32 AM

Apparently Robtics (a big dutch dealership) in Holland already had their hands on one and have discussed some changes already with Synta's mount dept. I have this info from a small notice from this dealer on the dutch version of Astromart.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 11:45 PM

Do any of the Tak mounts have external motors?

I think the CGE, CGE Pro and this one look like a departure from the Atlas/CGEM path (which I agree are Tak knock-offs, complete with the EM-200 style internal motors).

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:24 AM

Do any of the Tak mounts have external motors?


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Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:29 AM

Like the other recent Synta mounts (HEQ5, EQ-6), it's probably Tak-inspired. Has kind of an EM-400 look to it.

I hope it is not CGEPro inspired. I have had terrible luck with my club's mount so far. :crazy:

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:31 AM

The NJP is out of production, correct?

I suppose the P2Z and that little palm sized EQ mount also have external motors.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:37 AM

Luke:

Perhaps it'll be akin to the Atlas/EQ6 vs. the CGEM. Though those mounts are close cousins, for whatever reason the Atlas and Sky-Watcher stepper'ed iterations seem to be much more reliable than the Celestron servo'ed iteration.

Basically, you might be trading Nexstar for Synscan, but gaining some extra peace of mind. Who knows. I also note that the Sirius/EQ5 has NOT been such a reliable mount as the Atlas/EQ6, so non-Celestron Synta may not guarantee quality.

Actually I wonder whether it's not Orion we have to thank for Atlas/EQ6 quality. For many years Orion was the sole-source of this mount in the US. They really made the market for it, in fact. Orion has generous customer services and an easy return policy. Likely they are very demanding on their suppliers. Perhaps their quality insistence benefited Atlas/EQ6 manufacturing.

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#23 Bugs Denis

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 04:28 PM

Have a look to the tripod ... ;)

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:00 PM

Apparently it is designed to carry 45 kg according to a french site:

http://www.webastro....ead.php?t=69193

That is for the french speaking astronomers!

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:58 AM

Let's says the mount is 30kg, put 20kg of counterweight and 30 kg of equipment so 80kg. I won't put this load on a tripod of an EQ6. This is just a demo product as there is not a decent tripod to support such a load.






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