Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch
Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:42 PM
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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:41 PM
Any reviews or comments from those who have received theirs?
Posted 01 February 2014 - 12:30 PM
Like its bigger brother the Nova Hitch (which I have on order and anxiously await) the FTQ offers 2 axis balancing. Fore&aft balance is simple by sliding the dovetail plate in the saddle or the OTA in its clamshell. But balancing up/down involves removing the scope and loosening 4 bolts to raise or lower the saddle. You need to remount the scope to check balance. If you use other scopes and need to readjust the saddle there is an engraved scale that allows you to note and reset any position changes. But I don’t think there will be much need for resetting the saddle position for most small scopes. The default setting worked surprisingly well for my TV85 even with the binoviewer but I lowered the saddle position anyhow to compensate for the off center weight distribution. Total weight must be near 11 lbs and damping took 1-2 secs. But I can live with that and it damps much quicker without the BV. I look forward to mounting my 13 lb Kowa Highlander binocs when the Binobracket is available and see how they ride in the saddle.
Rotation smoothness on the 2 axes is adjusted by the black long-handled clamps that vary brake pressure on the shafts. Fully closed they kept the scope in place while I changed eyepieces, even if I took off the binoviewer with EPs! I’ve never been able to do that with any other light weight mount I’ve used. I could do that with the DM4 I had, and damping time was lower, but It was 3x as expensive, nearly 2x as heavy and didn’t move any smoother. Not an apt comparison.
Seeing the FTQ makes waiting for my big Nova Hitch (with slo-motion and tracking) that much harder. Till it arrives, I’m very pleased with it’s little brother, FTQ.
Posted 01 February 2014 - 02:45 PM
What type of dovetail plate do you have (Hitch or Vixen)? I intend to use Vixen on mine, but I am worried it may slip if the clamp is too loose or just not very tight when adjusting for balance. What do you think? Do i have to be extra carefull about that? Thanks, CS Boki
Posted 01 February 2014 - 03:36 PM
Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:34 PM
My FTQ came with a Hitch dovetail. I doubt a Vixen plate would slip but haven't tried it.
did you order the hitch dovetail separately?
Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:07 PM
Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:10 PM
Yes, I ordered the dovetail as an extra. Here's a photo of the TV85 & BV mounted on the FTQ with Nova dovetail.
where is the photo?
Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:14 PM
What mount is it on and how much clearance do you get? Have you tried some high magnifications yet and if so how is damping time?
Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:16 PM
Oops! here's the photo:
did the dovetail come with that clamp which holds the scope.
Posted 03 February 2014 - 01:55 PM
As I said in my first post, damping time with the BV was 1-2 secs. Much less with it off. But the rains have finally arrived here in N. Cal. and I haven't been able to spend more time with it. John
Posted 03 February 2014 - 04:04 PM
Yes, sorry I meant tripod and well noted you are using the Berlebach Uni. Sounds like it is an excellent fit for the TV85 even with binoviewers. Soory the clouds have rolled in but glad you got it out for a trail run or two