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#26 Lee Jay

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

Well, my original plan was LX80 + LX800 12" OTA only. Since the LX80 doesn't perform with heavy OTAs and since the LX800 OTAs aren't available and there's no ETA, I guess my new plan is AZ-EQ6 + Edge HD 11. That is until the plan changes again!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:27 PM

There seems to be a power requirements difference between the Skywatcher and the Orion version. Skywatcher indicates that it uses 12V DC 3A, whereas the Orion uses 12-volt DC 5A and they have an "optional" 5-amp AC-to-DC converter for it.

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I doubt that that represents any real difference. A 5 or 3A converter will probably be fine with either.


If the Orion is just a rebranded Skywatcher, why would there be such a power difference?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

120 vs. 220 wall wart perhaps?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

If the Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 is already being sold in other countries, I hope someone will measure the periodic error and post it before January 2013.

I wonder how the alt-az configuration measures up to the established offerings by Discmounts and T-Rex in terms of capacity, smoothness, Push-to, etc.

Orion/Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 should have been the title, forget LX80.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

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I doubt the 3 or 5 amp makes any difference. My CGEM DX is 3.5amps. When slewing both RA and DEC together with 30lbs plus counterweight it draws about 0.80amps. If way out of balance it draws 1 amp. I don't think any of them will ever draw more than 1 Amp. I think they give it the higher rating to make you think it is more powerful.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:49 AM

Belt driven worms should go along way to reducing backlash as well. Looks interesting. I wouldn't worry about the differences in power supplies either as has been previously stated they don't draw much even when slewing so most of the extra capacity is a safety margin as you would not want your power supply tripping out due to overload. My vixen SXD and Tak EM200 would only just draw and amp when slewing flat out.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

Well the EQ6 can suck about 2 amps on a fast dual axis slew, in fact a badly tuned one I saw was pulling 2.3 amps from a bench supply.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

Folks another thread on the AZ EQ6 here on CN if you haven't see it. I'll make the same note here. Orion has announced there version the "Pro" I guess. Looks like it is $100 more then a SW from Canada and, for me a loss, no GPS.

Any insights into typical differences between the Orion handbox and the SW? I suppose with the new features there will be differences, but wondering if any fundamental differences in the programs that are of any great shakes?

I am ruminating on a purchase and looking forward to some buyer reviews. Interesting that SW seems to have a few good dealers looking at this and reporting first. OR says avail. in 1/13.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

They would be wise to have some beta testers check it out before they release it.. And not dealers. Or employees.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

Why bother beta testimg when you can get the user to do it for you AND pay to have the mount as well boostimg hour sales revenue :)

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:12 AM

Here is a link to the Skywatcher manual for their version:

AZ-EQ6 Synscan Instruction Manual

One Note: There is no mechanism on both the primary saddle and the secondary saddle for aligning the two telescopes in azimuth direction. User has to find a proper way to eliminate the azimuth deviation.

JohnD






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