Universal Astronomics DoubleStar
Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:17 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:38 AM
Larry at UA provided this for me: the mount weighs 10 lbs. with 3" saddles and 12 lbs. with twin 7" saddles.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:55 PM
To support this mount and equipment, I also have a Berlebach UNI-18 on order from Germany, but it appears to be hung up in customs. It could be weeks before it arrives. In the mean time, I had a CG-4 tripod doing nothing, so I'm using it for now. I have no idea what it's capacity is, so I'm not going to load it down too much. Nevertheless, that's about 35lbs on it in the pic and it's completely steady.
This thing is solid - no play whatsoever. The movement in both axes is as smooth as butter - no vibrations, no jerking, no slipping, etc. It's a very well-constructed mount and all the positive reviews I've read on it are in line with I've seen so far. Later, I plan to ship it back to Larry and get it retrofitted with encoders and then add a Sky Commander to it. Fun stuff!
By the way, Larry is so easy to work with and he takes the time to go over what your arsenal consists of, what you plan to run on his mounts. He helps you make certain you're getting the right one, with the right tripod. He's a good man to do business with.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:30 PM
Please keep posting reports. I'm really interested in how it performs.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:48 PM
I aligned on Vega and then later swung east to Altair and Fomalhaut. I had a 25mm Ortho in the 8" SCT and a 9mm Ortho in the 4" refractor. The targets stayed aligned as I moved around. I really enjoyed trying out different EPs and comparing views between the two OTAs.
I think I made a good purchase. This is going to be a solid, but portable, tandem mount to carry to a dark site. Once I get the encoders going, it should be even better.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:57 AM
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