Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:52 PM
Can't wait to get my scopes on this mount now so expect more rain to come for the few weeks. Oh, by the way, they seem to have a software solution for the balancing issue mentioned previously so that's very cool.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:35 PM
Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:11 AM
I picked one up too! Got mine from the Highpoint booth so I got a sealed new one in a box. I saved a good amount, but probably didn't get as good a deal as you got on the floor model. Highpoint only had two new ones and one floor model. Seems like a popular mount because they were sold out by Saturday afternoon too!
I set mine up in the hotel room to be sure everything was ok before returning home. Works great, looks great, I'm a happy camper! Now I can't wait to really try it out!
Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:32 AM
Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:42 PM
For some reason, the hole has a piece of tape on it. The quick start instruction booklet mentions it. If you take the cover off the polar scope, you'll see a black collar around behind the eyepiece. On my mount, when it was fake-aimed at Polaris, the hole was right on top of this collar. You have to remove a very tiny strip of clear tape, and the hole is under that. You then have to screw the illuminator in to that. Kind of inconvenient actually.
Because everything in that location is black, a strong flashlight can help you see it.
Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:32 AM
I plan at taking another look tonight. Bad thing with equipment like this as the time when you can actually get out and use it doesn't seem to come fast enough.
Oh and more funniness at NEAF I forgot about. After I was given the price on the mount I purchased, one of the other reps came over and said that someone had purchased just the tripod earlier. So I started to feel bummed and Coleman (iOtron rep) says, "don't worry, we can ship one to you". So I start thinking "oh oh, here comes the expensive part". So I ask, and Coleman confirms the shipping will be free while I see the accountant starting to grip her pencil very tightly. So I say OK and proceed to purchase the mount in anticipation of going home without the tripod. I come back later to tell Coleman I would be leaving to go home soon and he starts packing everything up for me. Just then the guy that bought the tripod comes over and says he doesn't want it after all because he did not like the color. This tripod had a black top while the one on display at High Point was painted the same color as the mount. I actually was preferring the black top on the tripod because it kind of made the mount itself stand out more (it really didn't matter to me). SO, I got to go home with a complete set-up (sans some of the wiring).
I felt like someone was watching over me this year at NEAF.
Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:58 AM
I felt like someone was watching over me this year at NEAF.
I love it when things turn out well like that!
I also got a mount yesterday although it was "new-to-me" rather than new. Here it is set up in my living room. Still need to get some things for it though. I could hardly stop myself from playing with the darn thing I am delighted with the quality of the hardware and electronics though.
Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:08 PM
well I got the polar scope illuminator figured out now so thank you.
Also, I just had to add that these folks at iOptron are awesome. They want to drive out to where I work tomorrow so they can hand deliver some cables that were missing.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:20 AM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:26 AM
I went through the set-up at home and have to admit that the polar scope had me intimidated as the ones I have seen use a rectile with an outline of the constilations on them. But now that I have gone through the instructions, this one actually seems easier and I like it better than the other format.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 01:34 PM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 03:31 PM
The software is the first thing that got me interested in the iEQ45 way back as I have liked the interface on the Cube Pro from the start.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 11:37 AM
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:44 AM
My appoligies to all in the Northeast. All my plans are out the window as the great forecast for the day has turned into a cloudy mess and it is only supposed to get worse as the weekend progresses. Oh well, I knew better.
Isn't that the way it goes? Let's hope we all get the chance to dig in and get some observing done soon!
Posted 22 April 2011 - 12:49 PM
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:22 AM
Awesome set up. From what I understand, the 2 scope system creates the most stress on the mount and is somewhat difficult to balance?? Did you find that to be an issue. Oh, and what make of power/battery system do you have in your pic.
Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:45 AM
The ADM units really look and feel like there is a lot of care in the design and maufacturing of the equipment. I spoke with Anthony Davoli at NEAF and afterwards, over the phone about the MAX guider and he seems like another great guy involved in astronomy trying to help us all obtain what we want to enhance our hobby. He also purchased an iEQ45 at NEAF to see if he could design and manufacter any enhancements for the mount. During our discussion he asked me if there were any improvements I would like to see added. I told him the only two gripes I have (and I knew going into the deal) were that the extension for the counter weight bar should be included as you can't get close to the maximum weight rating without it and be balanced and the other was the binding issue when trying to balance the dec. With the extension balancing RA was not an issue and I updated all my software and now have an electronic balancing solution for the dec. As a result, I had no improvements to suggest to him but I am sure he is listening and watching so all you iEQ45 owners, I wouldn't hesitate to speak up and ask.
The battery is a Black and Decker unit that I picked up at Home Depot and has worked gret for me so far.
As far as stressing the mount, even with all the equipment, I don't think I am close to the 45lbs load capacity so I am not worried about it.
Let me know if I missed anything.