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#76 jrbarnett

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

Hard to say. You see the same stuff with Vixen mounts. The manufacturer's website provides one rating, and the US dealer "makes up" another, more favorable rating, likely to suggest that the mounts compete capacity-wise with more popular higher capacity, lower priced mounts. I'd go with the capacity rating Sky-Watcher posts when it lists the mount on its website.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

Well, "this guy" was me and I carried out the tests with my 8"f4 because I have to make an adapter for my smaller tripod to use the 10"f5, otherwise the eyepiece will be out of reach. However I have no reason to doubt that the mount also carries my 10"f5 for photographic applications provided that there isn't too gusty wind.

The manufacturer's specifications are 20kg and I don't think that they give this without reason. You may be able to fit a C14 to that, but with the necessary counterweights (at least 4x5kg I would estimate because a C14 will set the COG farther out) this will add a considerable mass which has to be kept in motion and accelerated for goto. Also the tripod may be too weak for this weight. If you want to use it for planetary imaging, it may work. For deep sky I have my doubts.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

Well, I certainly won't fiddle with the altaz configuration. I think this feature was completely dictated by the market, for me it is of no use, so I can't help you in this regards, sorry. I will test how the additional encoders can keep the goto orientation at the next possibility, however the forecast is mostly cloudy for the next 5 days, so I am a little bit dependant on weather conditions.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

martl, your review should be interesting.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Marti,

Based upon your success, I ordered an Az EQ6 from KW Telescopes in Kitchener, Ontario last week and it will be delivered next Tuesday. I plan on using a C9.25 on mine; and since the mount did so well with your 10" f/5, it should handle my OTA with ease.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

Jack, it should do well with a C9,25. Today I had the first chanche to set up the 10"f5 for photographic tests outside, it is f*** cold and a very poor transparency. Hope I can do a few shots of NGC2403 before the fog builds up again.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:16 PM

I think you made a very good choice Jack. The AZ EQ6 is looking like a well made mount. I can't wait to see how well it works with your C9.25 for AP.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

Neilson,

Me too. If it holds Marti's 10" f/5 Newtonian, it should handle my C9.25 easily. I just removed the ADM Vixen plate I bought for the C9.25 and replaced the stock orange Losmandy plate as the SkyWatcher is made for both Vixen or Losmandy plates. The ADM vixen plate is nice, but the Celestron orange Losmandy plate adds a nice tough to the OTA.

The mount left Nashville, TN at 2AM on Saturday morning and is scheduled to arrive by the end of day on Tuesday. Hopefully it gets to New Orleans early enough to get on a delivery truck Monday. I am anxious to set it up.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:10 PM

The conditions yesterday were miserably, however I could do 11x12min with my 10"f5. The first 3 shots were a little bit egg-shaped, but after that I lowered the agressivity in Dec and the rest was round stars. Still very impressed.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Could you please share the pics with us whenever you can?I would really appreciate it :)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

This is a crop of NGC2403, but it was nearly impossible to remove the colourful gradiens I had.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

Looks like the tracking is nearly perfect.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Marti,

That is quite impressive considering the OTA you have on the mount. :bow:

Although UPS received the SkyWatcher packages from KW Telescope at 2AM, they decided to tease me further and not load them on a delivery truck. I guess I have to wait one more day to receive mine. :mad:

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

Impressive Martin!! Thank you very much!! :)
I think i will give a serious consideration on this mount :)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

Martin,

I assume you are using this mount in EQ configuration, right?
Guiding or no guiding?

Clear Skies!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

Yes, and of course with autoguider. Next time I will try to record a pec and see how unguided exposures work. However I can hardly imagine using the mount without autoguider, the mgen is so small and easy to use and includes also the dithering function that it makes no sense for me to use the mount unguided. There is an outlet to control the EOS, but the mount won't do any dithering without autoguider (would be a nice feature to be included in future software updates however).

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

Well, UPS finally decided to bring me my mount. It arrived in mid afternoon while I was at a doctor's appointment. I received an email update from UPS confirming delivery and as soon as my doctor released me, I dashed home and set it up.

What a beautiful, well thought out mount. I added the C9.25 with Losmandy dovetail plate to it and the mount did not budge. Based upon the results Marti has obtained, I have no fear that this combination will work well for MallinCam viewing at outreach events and star parties.

I shot a short video with my iPhone and uploaded it to YouTube. This is one quiet mount!

https://www.youtube....h?v=LqsSm-vGQ14

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

The sound is really clean! Seems the belts are helping on that!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

Let me be the first to congratulate you. Looks awesome! Sounded very quiet and smooth. Enjoy it Jack and look forward to your reviews...

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

In a way the drives sound a little like the SkyTracker on the StarMaster Dobs. Now to get it outside and give it a test drive - as soon as it clears up.

Regarding weight, it is not bad at all. The total weight of the packages was 86# including the two 22# counterweights. Its a lot easier to maneuverer than the other multi mount I own.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

Jack,Congrads on a great mount,best of luck.

Very nice looking,indeed.....Sure looking for more reviews..

Jack isnt that 2x11 lbs counter weights? total 22 lbs?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

One of the features that jumped out at me on Jack's video of his AZ EQ-6 is that the power cable plug is secured with a screw-on fastener (just after 1:07 in the YT video). That's certainly a welcome change from the simple jack on my Orion Atlas. (In fact, I've thought of having mine modified by a third party.)

Yet, when I look at the Atlas Pro product on the Orion website -- which I've come to believe is the same product, except in, you know, black -- I see the same cheap jack as the old Atlas. Nor does it have the "SNAP" feature on Jack's mount; and where Jack's mount has a red LED, I see just a blind hole in the Atlas panel.

What's the deal -- is the photographed unit in the Orion catalog just a mockup or prototype? Or will there be different feature sets on the SW and Orion mounts?

Finally, and excuse me for breezing past this, where can one currently buy the AZ-EQ6 for shipment to the US?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

Bob,

OOPS! Yes two 11# counterweights for a total counterweight of 22#.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

Steve,

Talk to Brian at KWTelescopes in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada:

http://www.kwtelescope.com/

1-877-345-5757

I ordered min last Tueaday and it arrived in a week.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

The Orion Atlas and The Skywatcher are different..
There is no gps and camera controll in the Orion unit.
Look on the web for the skywatcher specs..
From the begining pages of this post..
http://www.astroshop...her-azeq6gt.asp






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