Unistar Deluxe - WOW!
Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:31 PM
I recently had the opportunity to pick up a unistar deluxe with encoders that was less than a year old on Amart. I mounted it on top of a Oberwerk tripod (Blem for $150), affixed my Meade 8 inch ACF SCT and placed it outside to cool.
Once everything cooled down I threw in the 21 MM ES 100 and started to scan around. After about 10 minutes I almost forgot I was looking thru a telescope. The whole Unistar mount glided around the sky like I was just standing there looking around. The mount and tripod simply disappeared and I just panned around the night sky.
I have never had the experience of simply forgetting about the mount and tripod and just looking around...too cool.
As far as the Unistar Deluxe, what a beautiful piece of engineering and construction that works flawlessly.
The oberwerk blem tripod is just a steel for the $150 you can get them for at Bigbinoculars.com . They said it was a blem but DW and I cannot find a blem one on it.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:13 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:33 AM
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:10 PM
It worked so smoothly and seamlessly. It was like the telescope was weightless and just floating in air. The part that really impressed me was once balanced and set, with the slightest of touch, the scope would just glide to where I wanted it then just float there.
It was like the mount and tripod were not even there.
I would think that is the highest praise for a mount...it just disappeared and I was lost in the views.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:21 PM
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:02 AM
Does the Unistar Deluxe fit a CG-4 tripod (1.75 inch stainless steel legs)?
Yes. Here's a picture of my first Unistar showing how the tripod mounting post is machined to fit around the polar stud of an Orion SVP tripod (same as CG-4).
Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:53 PM
For the MicroStar, both encoders are done similar to the UniStar altitude encoder, bracketed and geared 1 to 1.