AZ EQ6 in the US?
Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:18 AM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:21 PM
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.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:29 PM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:51 PM
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.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:19 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:16 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:08 PM
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.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:10 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:58 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:02 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:13 PM
That is quite impressive considering the OTA you have on the mount.
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.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:19 PM
I think i will give a serious consideration on this mount
Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:00 PM
I assume you are using this mount in EQ configuration, right?
Guiding or no guiding?
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:33 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:21 PM
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!
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:27 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:34 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:56 PM
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.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:26 PM
Very nice looking,indeed.....Sure looking for more reviews..
Jack isnt that 2x11 lbs counter weights? total 22 lbs?
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:54 PM
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?
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:27 PM
OOPS! Yes two 11# counterweights for a total counterweight of 22#.