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#1 tom63

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 04:12 PM

... just wondering if anybody of you knows something about the new free turn q mount - looks really well made and has an very reasonable price. 395$ for the mount only and about 800$ complete with encoders, handle and dovetail plate.

for me it sounds/looks really good - who knows a bit about this company and their products?

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:04 AM

Hi Tom,

The mount is new and there is not much info on it. I recommend reading some of the reviews of the nova hitch. The new FTQ mount is sure to be of the same level of quality.

I had my nova for a bit and the quality is amazing. I sent it back for upgrades and for the tracking to be installed. I can't wait to get it back.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 08:56 AM

hello riverlaw,

followed your advice - read some about the nova hitch - and then made an order. hopefully i will find it under the christmas tree :)

charles mentioned that my pentax 105sdp is a little on the upper edge - but i think for my fsq85, ipad mini with skysafari and nexus box it will be the perfect match.

tripods i have are baader hardwood, berlebach uni 22 and manfrotto 055xprob - what tripod are you using with your bigger nova hitch and what telescope mounted?

regards from germany
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:24 AM

Don't worry. All the Hitch mounts are overbuilt and if Charles said upper edge, you will still be fine. As for having it by Christmas, it may take a little more time I would think...it is brand new, but your patience will be rewarded!

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:36 AM

thanx tim,

i was aware that this probably is wishful thinking :)

but if the mount is the same quality made like the bigger ones - i think this is a great value for the money and i'm so happy that it is MADE in usa and not just designed anywhere in the us or europe and then made in china - like too much things today - for my taste!

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 04:59 PM

Hi Tom,

Just put my order in for one as well for use with my 106 F6.5. While we are at the upper limits of the FTQ, I am confident this new mount will handle our sized scopes with ease and much...much better than my Porta II.

My only concern is not having slo mo controls for viewing at high powers but I think smoothness and precise movement may eliminate the need. so I hope.

Lets compare notes after our deliveries

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:32 PM

hello dave,

perfect - now we both know - what lays side by side this moment in a cnc-shop hopefully garnishes a christmas tree in the usa and over here in germany :)

with my pentax105 i don't know whether it will work - tube only is 14 lbs - rings and plate 4 lbs - bino with tv delos 4 lbs => total 22 lbs. will see - but i plan to use the fsq85 with bino/pan 24 primarily - so total is just 14 lbs.

i never liked these slow-motion knobs on other mounts - don't think we will miss them once.

good idea - yes - we keep contact when they arrive and post a first-light picture ...

kind regards from munich
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:01 PM

Merry Christmas!!! Or at least it's starting to feel like it now that the spending has started

You have a few more pounds with the bino set up than I have with mine. Still I think we are OK but the telling test will come after we get them. I am just under 20 lbs. AT106 w FT3035 focuser, rings, 2" diagonal and my 35 pan. I am sure the FSQ85 will be a perfect fit and the mount will hardly know it's there!

Happy waiting!

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:09 AM

Its funny you should mention the tripod Tom. I am trying to pick one right now. I was going to get the new one Charles (Hitch Mounts) is going to be offering, but I decided to go ahead and get the tracking. So now I am going to get a lower cost tripod. I am thinking about UNI tripod or possible the discount tripod. When I tested the nova hitch out I hacked it onto a CG-4 tripod and it had limited range, but enough for me to get a feel for the mount. I am going to being using this set up with a TSA102S for a while and then upgrade to a larger scope. I have my eye on the TEC 140. When I get a new scope I'll pick up a better tripod as well.

I would love to get the FSQ85 or FC76 down the road as a travel scope. I am sure you will enjoy the FSQ85 on the new mount.

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:28 AM

hello riverlaw,
yes 'tripodmania' :) ... the two i'm thinking about the last days are these:
http://www.berlebach...sprache=english
http://www.manfrotto...onal-tripod-mk2
hmmmmm ...

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:10 AM

May want to consider the Manfrotto 545B. 55 lb capacity and weighs 7.7 lbs. You also need a 100mm half ball. The 100 mm half ball has a 3/8 screw which will (should) fit in the FTQ.

I have a 545b. I have the scopes and tripod, now I just need something in between them.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:49 AM

matt,

thanks for suggestion - i have a berlebach tripod with halfball - but i will sell because the video tripods are too wide at the head and don't have extendable middle column. this way it's easier to get zentit-view ...

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:27 AM

Very true. I'm going for light weight and will give up something in order to get stability even at the light weight. Zenith is something I'm willing to give up.

It's all tradeoffs. Makes it kind of fun.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:45 AM

yep - but it's not only about zenit - it's also easier to adjust the hight from floor to ocular - where your eye is placed. this is the point for me ...

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:22 AM

Nice setup, Tom. What is the video head you are using?

Sweet! Looks stable.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:23 AM

that's a manfrotto 504hd with adapter 325n on 161 mk2 ... i replace head/adapter with a discmount dm4 next week.

... isn't it 03:00 in the morning over there in california :)

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:17 AM

What is the bag hanging below the tripod spreader? Do you have a part number?

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:34 AM

manfrotto #166
http://www.manfrotto...nfrotto-version
http://www.amazon.co...1M4HUG0/ref=...

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:00 PM

I ordered a Free Turn Q today also. Charles thought mine would get to me before the end of the year.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:32 PM

I ordered a Free Turn Q today also. Charles thought mine would get to me before the end of the year.


what do you plan to mount on FTQ? mine will be delivered by mid December :ooo:

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 08:07 AM

bdg,

On an Induro 8M AT413 tripod and using my SVP 100ED f/9.

Charles told me yesterday, that the machining is almost complete on the first batch, then 3 - 5 days turnaround to the anodizer. He had 23 orders at this point yesterday, he said they go together fairly quickly but there is still significant assembly time. Depending on where you are in the list and how far away you are from Austin TX, I would think the very first ones will arrive in customers hands around the 20th. If you're further down the list like I am, he told me before the end of the year.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:09 AM

bdg,

On an Induro 8M AT413 tripod and using my SVP 100ED f/9.

Charles told me yesterday, that the machining is almost complete on the first batch, then 3 - 5 days turnaround to the anodizer. He had 23 orders at this point yesterday, he said they go together fairly quickly but there is still significant assembly time. Depending on where you are in the list and how far away you are from Austin TX, I would think the very first ones will arrive in customers hands around the 20th. If you're further down the list like I am, he told me before the end of the year.


Cool thats a lot of details you have managed to gather :-) my order was probably among the first few. There have been some positive design updates like adding weight to balance EP's. I will be mounting ES 102 on this mount on a Oberwerk Tripod, it will be the ultimate grab and go !!!

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:08 PM

I ordered a Free-Turn Q, along with an Oberwerk tripod and an ES102CF Apo. I plan to write up a review on the whole kit once I get the mount. The scope and tripod came already. This is killing me, lol. Also got the tracking. I wanted something I could take outside fully set up, or take to the beach to see the western horizon.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:39 PM

Did you guys opt for the FTQ1 now or wait for the FTQ2? I decided to wait.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:25 PM

i am going to wait for the FTQ2 as well. Better suited for my application, I think.






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