New Equatorial Platforms
Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:53 PM
I have one of the early ones (heavy duty version), and the motor noise is the most objectionable part of it, so a quieter one would be a plus, if it could be done at a reasonable cost. The reset lever seems nice also.
Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:53 AM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:22 PM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:14 PM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:50 PM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 08:10 PM
It's a single axis although I have plans to do 2 axis in the future. It tracks for 1 hour.
iF WE LIVE UP NORTH LIKE 42-45 DEG n, WOULD THE TILT BE TOO EXCESSIVE TO KEEP THE DOB BASE, ON THE SYSTEM?
Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:35 AM
Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:51 AM
Gregg, can the smaller platform upgraded as well? 36 observing sessions and 120+ resets later mine still works as well as it did new.
Yes, the smaller platforms can be upgraded with a different motor and the reset lever. The heavy duty models can be upgraded with either an internal or external motor, but the medium duty can only be upgraded with the same style external mount motor because the tubing is not large enough for the internal motor. But still, it's a quieter more powerful, motor.
Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:37 AM
The platform stays level in the north-south plane, regardless of the latitude. It tilts a maximum of plus and minus 7.5 degrees from the center only in the RA axis as it tracks. So when it is reset, it is tilted at 7.5 degrees with the high side to the west. When the one hour tracking cycle is complete, it is tilted 7.5 degrees with the high side to the east. It's an equatorial mount that basically always stays level.
So it is not polar alligned, but still called an equitorial?
Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:03 PM
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