Alt-Az Tracking Mounts?
Posted 03 April 2011 - 08:06 PM
Alternately, guess I could just get an RA drive for my CG-4 mount as a cheaper solution...but me and GEMs have never seen eye to eye so that is a backup plan.
Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:24 PM
I am also interested in one.
I sold my GEM and placed an order for Super Halfhitch. Charles of Halfhitch telescopes will be working on a tracking platform shortly. I am sure it takes time to develop a brand new tracking platform.
For TSA 102, a Quarterhitch with tracking would be perfect.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 08:12 AM
Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:57 AM
How often do you use yours with the TV 102? Is the got and tracking accurate? Any complaints?
Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:50 PM
Have you had the MT modded with that aftermarket upgrade to tighten it and put in better gears/bearings? I see lots of posts about the aftermarket service, which I believe is way expensive, but not sure if their current offerings need it or not.
I've been told that the primary reason that there has been problems with the MT is that people tend to load them to their limits or beyond. If you keep the total wieght below it should be no problem. Just remember to factor in all the bits and pieces, the mounting brackets, dovetail, diagonals, EP...
Posted 04 April 2011 - 05:21 PM
I bought one of the first MTs right after they came out. It has served me very well. Other than the common complaint about the connection to the GPS module being loose and the need to make sure the altitude lock is tight, I've had no issues. After doing an alignment and then synching it to the next few objects, I find the gotos to be very accurate, and the tracking exceptional (finding Jupiter still near the center of an 8mm Plossl field after over an hour away). I don't stress it much, using only a 6" SCT or an ETX90 tube. I can't comment on the stability of the tripod because I always observe seated and the legs are barely extended. I really like mine. Good luck in your search.
Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:19 AM
My MT has no modifications. It has had it's issues (see this thread: here , but they were all sorted out using iOptron's phone support and quick shipping of parts to me (at no charge).
I only get to use mine periodically, mainly during the summer when I'll use it several times a week. As HeynmanFan said, with proper set up and after an alignment and a few sync's it has accurate goto's and tracking.
Given the options available, I think for the price it has served me well.
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 06:08 AM
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:00 AM
I wouldn't overload the standard tripod but as long as you stay within weight limits its a nice thing. I wouldn't mind the heavier tripod for mine but nobody in the UK seems to stock them.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 07:53 AM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:29 AM
I would avoid the minitower. I have had two that both died after a couple of months. Unrealiable, poor quality control, and customer service is not great.
Sorry but I need to disagree based on my experiences with iOptron. See my "New Mount" thread for the details. I understand that we all can have different experiences but this seems like such an extreme from how well they have assisted me.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 01:22 PM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 02:02 PM
i would not buy a product where you had to send it to another company in order to upgrade it to produce a quality mount. that should tell you a lot about the product. it would be like buying a new car, then have to take it to a auto service shop to get the motor rebuilt. CRAZY!!!!
You mean- kind of like the late '60's Carroll Shelby Mustang GT-350's??
That are now worth HUGE amounts of money??
Posted 20 April 2011 - 02:10 PM
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 12:53 PM