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#51 BrendanF

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:53 PM

Would it be possible to upgrade an older version to the newer version? Are the modifications limited to just that one piece, such that one could disassemble the platform and just send that segment back for upgrade and/or replacement?

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.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:53 AM

Yes the platform can be modified to the newest version and I have already done this for another customer. The new platforms have a quieter motor and the reset lever. If you are interested, please send me an e-mail or PM and I can go over the details with you.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:22 PM

Does this track in both axis? How long till it reaches a stop?

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:14 PM

It's a single axis although I have plans to do 2 axis in the future. It tracks for 1 hour.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:50 PM

Gregg, can the smaller platform upgraded as well? 36 observing sessions and 120+ resets later mine still works as well as it did new.

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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?

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:35 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.

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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.

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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?

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

It is polar aligned and does move in the equatorial plane, yet stays level in the north to south direction.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 12:38 PM

Here's a link to the updated Web Page:

http://www.faintfuzz...m/CrossBow.html

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 09:33 AM

Here's a picture of the EQT-200, newest version with internal motor, reset lever and bubble level. This one is for 37 degrees latitude.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 02:57 PM

This is the new EQT-100SC (super compact) prototype that I am developing. The prototype is not anodized yet, but will be in the next 2 weeks.

 

The new platform performance has been excellent during the testing phase of development and I expect to begin sales of these in April. The prototype shown is for 38 degrees South or North latitude and has over 70 minutes of tracking time.

 

There will also be a EQT-200SC offered soon. The EQT-100SC shown is only 26 inches long weighing in at just 11 pounds, making it the lightest weight, most portable platform for a 100 pound scope available. It can handle a 100 pound scope and a base diameter of 24". It runs on 2 AAA batteries for 15+ hours of tracking with a new motor that is super quiet.

 

The scope shown is my 10" home-built dob on the mount. I'll post a picture of the platform when it is finished and ready for delivery.Attached File  Prototype EQT-100SC.jpg   430.22KB   16 downloads


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Posted 30 March 2015 - 03:02 PM

Attached File  Prototype EQT-100SC.jpg Picture2.jpg   467.04KB   32 downloads

 

This is the new EQT-100SC (super compact) prototype that I am developing. The prototype is not anodized yet, but will be in the next 2 weeks.

The new platform performance has been excellent during the testing phase of development and I expect to begin sales of these in April. The prototype shown is for 38 degrees South or North latitude and has over 70 minutes of tracking time.

There will also be a EQT-200SC offered soon. The EQT-100SC shown is only 26 inches long weighing in at just 11 pounds, making it the lightest weight, most portable platform for a 100 pound scope available. It can handle a 100 pound scope and a base diameter of 24". It runs on 2 AAA batteries for 15+ hours of tracking with a new motor that is super quiet.

 

This a picture of just the prototype platform, stay tuned for the finished product coming soon.


Edited by G Blandin, 30 March 2015 - 09:24 PM.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:10 AM

Hi Gregg -

The new EQT-100SC looks great.  What will the price be for this new unit?  And do you plan on offering extras so that the EP can be modified for 2-3 different latitudes?  I can shim too, but I was curious all the same.

 

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:35 PM

My platforms are designed for use at one latitude but of course can be shimmed to accommodate a range of latitudes.

 

As far as the price goes, I'm going to hold off announcing a price until I do more testing, complete the design and analyze the cost. Hopefully that will be done soon and I'll also have some pictures of the finished product.



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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:04 PM

I'm also looking forward to further details and pricing on the EQT-100SC.



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 12:26 PM

The first production model is being anodized and should be done early next week.

 

I've made some improvements from the initial prototype design which have enabled the platform to support more weight. I've successfully tested the platform at 150 pounds with no problems.The mount is very stable and tracked well for 70 minutes.This model will now have the designation EQT-150SC, approved for scopes weighing up to 150 pounds.

 

The dimensions are 25" long by 24" wide, weight is between 11 and 12 pounds.

 

Will post the pictures and pricing next week, so stay tuned!


Edited by G Blandin, 29 April 2015 - 12:36 PM.

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 10:22 PM

Got the first production unit back from being anodized. I'll post a couple pictures. Here's one of just the platform.Attached File  EQT-150SC picture 1.jpg   405.76KB   5 downloads



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 10:24 PM

Here's another of my 10" home built dob on the platform. I'll be back next week with more information on pricing.Attached File  EQT-150SC Picture 2.jpg   124.11KB   6 downloads



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Posted 02 May 2015 - 07:13 AM

The EQT-100SC looks well suited to portable Dobs (ie carried by hand) Does it fold up into a package the size of a folding camp stool the way the older versions did? Its probably too early to answer but would it be upgradeable to the two axis platform you were thinking of designing?



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

You mean like this...

Attached File  Platform in camping chair bag.jpg   104.53KB   6 downloads

 



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 01:28 PM

Here are the two folded pieces. I just reassembled it, ready for use in 7 minutes.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:39 PM

Looks fantastic.  I look forward to hearing more about the price...

 

Britt



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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:29 PM

Thanks! I posted the price and flyer on the thread titled "New EQT-150SC Equatorial Platform" The link is:

 

http://www.cloudynig...orial-platform/

 

 




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