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#76 rmollise

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:30 PM

Must be getting blind in my old age...I can't find the price.


We won't know its U.S. $ price till it goes on sale here. That will depend somewhat on who the seller is. Given the overseas prices I've seen, I expect it will be in the 4K neighborhood. Less than the CGE Pro and Losmandy Titan, apparently, anyway. ;)

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:40 PM

Well now, I don't feel so bad. I am really anxious to see how it stacks up against the CGE-Pro. Great thread folks!

Paul

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We won't know its U.S. $ price till it goes on sale here. That will depend somewhat on who the seller is. Given the overseas prices I've seen, I expect it will be in the 4K neighborhood. Less than the CGE Pro and Losmandy Titan, apparently, anyway. ;) [/quote]

#78 gavinm

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:02 PM

Am closely following all the EQ8 threads and results with great interest.

I was (still am ) desperately saving for a Mesu 200 as after doing lots of research here in the UK it seems the best reviewed (Olly Penrice's reviews of Yves's and Steve Richards review in Sky at night mag) and best bang for buck feature for feature.

However with weights and saddle it comes to £5274 which is well over twice the price of the EQ8 at £2465 without tripod.

Out of the 2 I prefer the friction drive and higher capacity of the Mesu 200 but am coming to the conclusion that the EQ8 will easily match my requirements and save me £2809!...that would get me a nice new refractor to put on it :)

Due date in the UK seems to Sept/Oct?

Tom


I'd be a little concerned that they (Mesu) have discontinued the Mesu 1 mount.. might support be a problem? I was investigating one.. not anymore :(

#79 Astrojensen

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:11 PM

just posted this video to You Tube



*clicks on link and watches video*

*notice very sharp image of the Moon in video*

*thinks it looks great*

*speaker comments about horrible seeing*

Wut? Some folks are totally spoiled. Come to Denmark, and I'll show you some horrible seeing.

But I am totally impressed by the new mount. It should be a blast for those folks with big refractors.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:22 PM

But I am totally impressed by the new mount.


Since I'm not really observer, I'll be impressed with this mount when easy and problem free long sub guiding is evident from multiple items.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:29 PM

The two counter weights are perfect with one eyepiece in and basic setup, another 5 kg will be needed when guidescope and camera are included.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:03 PM

Hmm.... EQ6 was released early 2001 and I could just now afford a used one...that means in 2025 I can upgrade to the EQ8!
Hey Astrojensen, you must have the same seeing as East Tennessee!

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:05 AM

Must be getting blind in my old age...I can't find the price.


We won't know its U.S. $ price till it goes on sale here. That will depend somewhat on who the seller is. Given the overseas prices I've seen, I expect it will be in the 4K neighborhood. Less than the CGE Pro and Losmandy Titan, apparently, anyway. ;)


I paid $3799 (Canadian) for mine--the MAP listed on the Canadian website. Expect close to the same, but likely $100-200 less.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:56 AM

Link to price in in the UK (when it gets here)

http://www.firstligh...-eq8-mount.html

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:16 AM

The two counter weights are perfect with one eyepiece in and basic setup, another 5 kg will be needed when guidescope and camera are included.

Here's my 12" F4 with 4Kgs of cameras, correctors and OAGs.
Shot through the dome door so not a good pic.
But the 2 weights are enough for me.
One weight is too much for my tak 102 however as it hits the head plate and won't go higher, so I'll need to invent a 5kg weight to suit.

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#86 alpal

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

Why have they painted the EQ8 mount black?

My telescope & mount are both white which helps
me to see it at night.
Otherwise you can bump into it or not see what it's doing.

Black is a silly color for a night instrument.

#87 lafo0100

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:41 PM

you can get red led strips to help outline tripods, piers, etc. they's saved my toes a few times.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:21 PM

you can get red led strips to help outline tripods, piers, etc. they's saved my toes a few times.


I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.


I suppose you could always use masking tape on the EQ8 & paint it all white with a spray can?
It would only cost $20 & maybe 3 hours work.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:49 PM

Or you could save $20 and just watch what you're doing... :) Perhaps that's the real reason for the dual encoders, people kept bumping into it! Seriously though, I think the black looks great.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

Or you could save $20 and just watch what you're doing... :) Perhaps that's the real reason for the dual encoders, people kept bumping into it!
Seriously though, I think the black looks great.



But you can't see black at night.
You can only just see white.

#91 rmollise

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:14 AM


I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.



White is nice enough, but in over 40 years of attending star parties I've never seen what you describe, so I'd say "not very common." ;)

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:18 AM



I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.



White is nice enough, but in over 40 years of attending star parties I've never seen what you describe, so I'd say "not very common." ;)


It has happened.
One incident I heard of caused a $10,000 refractor to have it's objective lens cracked.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:36 AM

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com...?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:06 AM

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com...?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.



#95 rmollise

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

It may have. I just haven't seen it at a star party, nor have I head tell of many instances of it (none other than your report), so my conclusion is that black telescope mounts are not a crisis. ;)

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

A solution to the terrible black problem

Must get some for my Losmandy G11, C100ED, Carbon Fibre Altair 8" RC and C8 :)

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:23 PM

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com...?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.


The advert says it comes with a GPS! Didn't think it came with a GPS as standard!

#98 Coastal

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:55 PM

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com...?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.


The advert says it comes with a GPS! Didn't think it came with a GPS as standard!


I wouldn't pay another $400 for a GPS unit...

#99 lafo0100

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:50 AM

[image][/image] I managed to jump up a spot on the waiting list and finally got delivery of my eq8 today! Very impressed with this mount with the few minutes of playing around tonight. Handles my equipment without a problem. Now looking at the forecast, rain and clouds as far as the eye can see :bawling: :tonofbricks:. Go figure. Here's a picture of my setup thus far. I'll post some more once the weather passes. ]EQ8-Initial



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:10 AM

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