AZ EQ6 in the US?
Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:18 PM
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:06 AM
The Orion Atlas and The Skywatcher are different..
There is no gps and camera control in the Orion unit.
The Skywatcher does not have GPS either. It is an additional module you have to purchase.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:49 AM
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:33 AM
"We have had a few calls for the new mount- only 14 were brought into Canada and we took 6 of them- probably would have taken all had we any info on the mount or seen one before hand. All come with GPS."
So whether or not you get a GPS module depends on who you buy your AZ-EQ6 from.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:26 PM
Is sounds like it would be a good ideal to ask when you place your order to make sure your getting GPS.
I think all mounts should come with built in GPS, its 2012, not 1980.
I wouldn't be surprised if models sold in the U.S. did not include GPS so they could sell an add on unit and make an extra $120.+ like mounts sold by other telescope manufacturers here.
Hopefully that wont be the case, this is a really modern mount and I haven't seen any short cuts in the way it was built. Although I think a bigger tripod would have been nice.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:23 PM
The manual for the mount is also much better than previous Skywatcher manuals.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:35 PM
Dumb question:... I did look at the Skywatcher manual for the AZ EQ6, and my impression was that it seemed a bit lacking; I ended up coming away with this dumb question: this mount *does* offer GoTo and tracking in AltAz mode for visual applications, right? Right??
Edit: nevermind -- I realized that astro baby is referring to the manual associated with the firmware update (here), not the manual for the AZ EQ6 mount itself that I was reviewing last night. Now I see how the mount is aligned in the EQ mode, which was the information missing from the mount manual which had piqued my question.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:07 PM
My SkyFi cable for the mount should have arrived in today's mail, so I will try to set the mount up in A/A mode and see if I can control it with my iPAD and make sure it is tracking after going to a target.
This weekend I will try to duplicate this with real stars outside.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:22 PM
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:52 PM
So, does the AZ EQ-6 sold on the Orion website for $2300 have the GPS?
It doesn't appear to. It says "sold separately" under GPS in the specs.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:18 PM
Data Base 3.32
I then did a fake alignment inside and connected my SkyFi to the mount using the SynScan cable that arrived today from Southern Stars. I firs tused my iPhone 4S to control the AZ-EQ6 and during Survivor, I controlled the mount using my iPAD. This was with the mount set up in EQ mode. Tomorrow I will repeat the testing with the mount set up in Alt-Az mode. For now I am a VERY happy camper.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:42 PM
Celestrons gps is now $199. Orions GPS doesn't show a price at Telescopes.com. But if its the same then the mount should be $199. less not $100. more. Thats $300. more for the Orion if you get the Celestron GPS.
Is there something better about the Orion to warrant the extra cost.
I Just found the Orion GPS for $149 at one store and $199 at another
Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:07 AM
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