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#1 rkayakr

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:15 PM

iOptron blanketed NEAF with ads and examples of their mounts. Here are some pix of the iOptron iEQ45 AZ along with a dual saddle from the William Optics booth.
From the iOptron booth I learned that to convert the existing iEQ45 to AZ mode you need to:
Disassemble mount head
Remove glued on altitude scale
-iOptron will provide a scale that attaches with a screw
Remove polar scope
Assemble mount head into iEQ45 AZ base ($128 option)
Load new firmware into 8407 controller and mount
Pix attached shows also dual saddle option.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:16 PM

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:26 AM

Disassemble mount head
Remove glued on altitude scale
-iOptron will provide a scale that attaches with a screw
Remove polar scope
Assemble mount head into iEQ45 AZ base ($128 option)
Load new firmware into 8407 controller and mount

Bob


This is not what anyone could call a 'convertible' mount, is it. With the above regimen most owners would think more than twice before deciding to switch modes... Are they really advertising it as a Dual mount?

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Dave
The list is what you have to do to convert an existing iEQ45 (which I have) to the new iEQ45 AZ model. Once converted, you either stick the mount on the altitude base for equatorial use or on the AZ base for alt-az use.
I am happy that they are making parts available for those of us with existing mounts to upgrade if we want.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

My understanding is that you have to use it with the pier as the AZ can't mount to a the tripod. Is that correct?

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

Mark

I asked that question and iOptron tech support said that you don't have to mount the AZ base on a pier. I could see how people with 150 mm F10 refractors might be concerned about hitting a tripod leg. I don't think that I own anything where that would be of concern.

If it were a concern, you could get the 8" high mini pier accessory that attaches to the tripod.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

I think this is a really nice setup as it allows users to decide to update with the az option later.

The option to have two scopes is really cool too

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:14 PM

Bob,
As you allready have an IEQ45 and have seen it in the Alt/AZ mode do you think it could carry an NP101 and a C11 effectively. I mean with a reasonable dampening time. I've been reading the IEQ45 yahoo group and for visual in gem mode some say it can carry a C11 reasonably well. It seems the only other option is the new alt/ax mount from Orion based on their Atlas mount. It looks as if they don't recommend anything bigger than a C8 with something of equal or less weight on the other side.
Thanks, Richard

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

Richard
I haven't used the IEQ45 in Alt/Az mode so I have no direct experience. I don't own anything heavier than a C8 with an old cast iron JMI NGF focuser. Even loaded with a DSLR and accessories I don't have remotely enough load to test the iEQ45's limits.
The load you propose is well within the claimed limits.
"Payload: 45 lbs (20 kg) for EQ mode (excluding counterweight); 55 lbs (25 kg) for AA mode; or 55 lbs (25kg) + 33 lbs (15 kg) for AA dual mounting".

BTW - the second scope and dual saddle are now listed as an $188 option.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

Thanks Bob. I may have to give this mount a try. It is what I have been looking for and with the recent updates it sounds like Ioptron has really improved an allready good mount. I think I'll wait a little while though. Everytime I buy something this year we get a foot of snow.






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