my unistar deluxe has arrived
Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:57 PM
i love the simplicity of an alt az mount - especially one that is buttery smooth and easy to balance. this is a mount you keep the rest of your life. i appreciate the fast shipping from UA (Larry). i actually got the mount a day earlier than expected. Plus the fed-ex boxes arrive in pristine shape (compared to the banged up boxes from UPS shipments).
Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:43 PM
just got in from first light; the unistar worked very well. smooth. i do need to extend the tripod legs a bit. i was on my knees a lot when pointing near zenith. nice views though.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:12 AM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:15 PM
I'm thinking about a "Unistar" for my "ES" AR-102, so I'm itching to find out out what "hands on" is like.....................
Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:47 PM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:06 PM
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:20 PM
i didn't notice backlash. no problem tracking my first night out but as stated above my highest power EP is only 160 so not a big challenge. it is a nice piece of equipment and i will happily use this for many years (along with my atlas eq mount).
Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:45 AM
Curious... how does it swivel? Which part rotates? I'm guessing some flange plate lube? I wish someone had one at a star party to test out. Larry should post a video on youtube.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:42 AM
Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:58 AM
kind of wish i would have bought the handle. currently just grab the whole scope and move / track with it. i beleive the handle may make it easier to nudge / track.
Congrats! I have the unistar and unistar light and am happy with them.
About the handle: You might find the handle helpful, but my own experience with the handle is that 1) it's pretty short and 2) it can introduce a bit of wobble at the attachment point.
Overall, I find the moving the tube of longer OTAs more satisfactory. It provides a larger "vernier" scale and (for me) that translates to smoother movements.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:02 AM
... Larry should post a video on youtube.
good idea. if i get bored and clouded out this weekend, i may make a short video of the movements and post up.