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#1 MRNUTTY

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

Has anyone (else) tried out the 'new' conversion bracket and SW to convert the iEQ45 from the stock GEM configuration, to an Alt-Az capable of 45 + 45 lb's of capacity?

I have it mostly all installed, not that it's a big job at all - it's not. The weather just turned ugly and my 'todo' list blew its top, leaving me no time to finish it up yet.

I love the MTII dual scope Alt-Az. I can mount my two lightweights; AT72ED and the C6 SCT at the same time; bliss!! Now with this mount I can load up the 6" Achro and the 10" Meade! WOW! I'm cringing already; they both weigh in at nearly 28 lb's each. so load as well as balance shouldn't be an issue... but my hind brain isn't going along with it until it sees it :-) I haven't seen the software yet; I hope it includes the auto-balancing routines in this mode too.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:59 PM

*bump* alone again?? :-(

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:00 PM

I guess no one has tried it!

I wasn't aware of it - but I do like my iEQ45, and would be interested to hear more of your experiences with the Alt-Az mode.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:47 PM

I'm interested too. One of the reasons I settled on the iEQ45 was this Alt-Az conversion capability. One thing that wasn't clear to me was how you balanced the two scopes (I'm assuming it does not require that they weigh the same.)

So, sorry no one's got any experience to share with you, but I join the list of those awaiting your reports.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:55 AM

you can download the addendum to the iEQ45 manual that describes, on the last few pages, the conversion process. The alignment process was fairly simple too. So end up with two spirit levels, one on the base of the rig attached directly to the pier that you level first. Then there is a new spirit level that takes the place of the polar scope dust cap. Once the base level is set then there are alignment new knobs and screws to center the new level. Then you do a normal setup; confirm that date, time and GPS are correct. The last part is to use the 'one star align', then use the RA and DEC, now AZ and ALT to center the star. You're good to go at that point. It's sort of like the MiniTowerII I have, but much more capacity. I haven't had a goood day/night to finish the setup yet. Hopefully this week.






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