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#1 mattflastro

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Long ago in a far far away place I was given a William Optics GT-1 mount in as far as I could see perfect mechanical condition but no electronics .
The motors are there and they turn, the encoders work (checked with an oscilloscope) .
The worm wheels move smoothly , no sticky points etc.
Before I engage in retrofitting this mount with a decent modern goto system I'd like to know if it's worth the effort.
I wasn't able to find any info regarding this mount's PE .
I wasn't even able to find any astro photos taken wth this mount that would list the scope details or seeing conditions so that I could somehow assess if this mount is capable of decent performance .
There's a mostly defunct Yahoo Group for this mount .
I'd appreciate any info , links, pointers etc.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

I'd suggest picking up a used SS2K controller. That would permit you to determine the mount's performance capabilities - and it might save some work and expense if you decide to keep it that way (I think the SS2K was way ahead of its time).

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

The SS2K was the default mount controller for the GT-1 hence it is the least headache-y option.

A Gemini 1 would also work.

I would suspect it is about at the level performance-wise of an Atlux. Since you already have it, and an additional $400-$500 will get you an SS2K, I think it's reasonable.

#4 mattflastro

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

Before I sink any money into this project and in order to be able to make the right decision as to which system to buy for retrofitting the mount, I'd like to see some PE data on the mount as used by others.
I'd appreciate if anyone could point to any user website containing such data.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

Ron Wodaski seemed to think well of it
http://tech.groups.y...ics/message/414

the rated PE was 10" p-p
http://tech.groups.y...ics/message/136

#6 mattflastro

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

Ron Wodaski seemed to think well of it
http://tech.groups.y...ics/message/414

the rated PE was 10" p-p
http://tech.groups.y...ics/message/136

Thanks for the links , looks good :jump:






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