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#76 Peter in Reno

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

I plan to transport the mount and ATS pier separately. No way I can transport both as a unit. Yeah I noticed that the GTOCP3 box is too low for reason you described.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:25 PM

Ditto on the GTOCP3 position. It is odd that the explicitly portable AP1100 has it mounted in such an incovenient low place making it harder to transport the mount all in one piece with as few loose components as possible. There is space to side mount it. In that sense the older AP900 with its top mounted position was also more compact.

Great looking mount though!

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:09 PM

Ditto on the GTOCP3 position. It is odd that the explicitly portable AP1100 has it mounted in such an incovenient low place making it harder to transport the mount all in one piece with as few loose components as possible. There is space to side mount it. In that sense the older AP900 with its top mounted position was also more compact.

Great looking mount though!

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I would have kept my 900 if it had the locking clutches that the new mounts have (Mach1GTO, 1600, 1100). It seems I don't have any problems with the Delrin plugs on my 1200 but if I locked them down hard enough to make the clutch difficult to slip on my 900, I would always forget to loosen them off. Eventually they would mushroom and require replacement.

I think we took a bit of a sideways step with the 1100 and lost a few features I liked (CP3 mounting position being one of them, tool-less setup another) and received a few features which are good (locking clutches, better gear meshing), a feature which is ok (through the mount cabling) and a feature I will likely never have or use (optional encoders).
I like taking the mount apart for storage and transport. Leaving it together is heavy and bulky, no matter that it will "collapse" into a manageable position. Once you wrap a protective box around that big hunk of aluminum it really gets heavy. Having two smaller lighter boxes/cases is definitely a bonus.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 04:35 PM

Looks like we hit a little dry spell for deliveries on the 1100.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:09 PM

Can you use the APCC Pro's pointing model if you don't have absolute encoders?


Yes (if they ever ship it).


I think our sun will go supernova first before APCC ships.. I mean come on.. The software developer has been working on APCC for 3 years+! Never ever have I ever heard of software taking so long to develop.. And I have Project Managed a few hundred software devs to just a one man team.. :foreheadslap:

Without APCC the encoders are effectively the exact same as a TDM.. (well there is no DEC TDM..)

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:21 PM

Can you use the APCC Pro's pointing model if you don't have absolute encoders?


Yes (if they ever ship it).


I think our sun will go supernova first before APCC ships.. Without APCC the encoders are effectively the exact same as a TDM.. (well there is no DEC TDM..)


That's odd, I'm using my 1600 with encoders and a T-Point model and it is doing far more things than a TDM can dream of doing. Does the TDM give arc second pointing? Does the TDM control your autoguiding, especially in DEC to eliminate backlash reversal issues? Does the TDM allow you to find home if your mount becomes lost? Can you set slew limits so you can protect your OTA around the meridian, or if you forget to turn your mount off?
I'm currently enjoying all of these benefits of my 1600, and look forward to more features once the beta testers are done with APCC.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:19 PM

Yes. To most. No to backlash in dec.

I'll wake up in the spring and see if there has been any change.

#83 Peter in Reno

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:04 PM

I finally received the 42" ATS pier. My equipment is pretty much complete. With everything assembled, it looks a lot bigger than I expected but it's not too bad. I will have to make few more trips between inside of my house and my backyard than when I had Mach1GTO and C-8 EdgeHD. See pictures of my new equipment in "Peter's Gallery" in my signature, then click on "Current Equipment".

Because the weather in Reno, NV at night is still quite cold, I need one more item and that's 35ft USB active extension cable so I can control and monitor the equipment from inside the house. I had the cable but I gave it away while I was waiting for AP1100GTO and ATS pier to be built. I will probably use the new equipment tonight or tomorrow to calibrate RAPAS and test a few things outside for a few hours before it gets too cold.

I route all necessary cables through the mount. This is a very neat feature and makes the setup much cleaner looking. Because of through the mount cabling, I will have to carry the whole AP1100GTO mount minus the counterweight shaft and top plate/saddle and mount it on ATS pier. It's too messy to disconnect both halves of AP1100GTO because I will have to partially remove the cables from inside the mount before dissembling the mount.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:19 PM

Nice looking rig Peter, hey heres a link to some of that USB cable if you need it, its good stuff, carried my video, camera control, guidescope control, and NX control, http://www.amazon.co...0_i00?ie=UTF...
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Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:14 AM

Thanks for the link. I am glad this product works for you.

I already ordered an active USB extension that I know worked very well with my past similar astro equipment at 35 feet long from:

http://www.usbgear.c...SBG-36FTAB.html

It uses a Japan's built NEC chip that's supposed to work very well. It's similar to look for FTDI chip for USB-to-Serial adapter.

If this cable does not work well, I'll try your suggestion.

Thanks,
Peter

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:34 PM

Update for me. OPT just called and said my mount will ship this week! Pictures and ohhhs! and ahhhhhs! to follow... :grin:

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:22 PM

Peter,
Very nice looking setup. That pier looks great - someday I'll get one!

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:49 PM

Thanks Paul. The ATS pier is surprisingly light at 34lbs for 42" height. It's actually about 44" tall if you include A-P Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate (119FSA-FP). It's the right height for TEC 140 APO. If it was 6 inches shorter, the camera end of the scope could hit one of the legs when crossing the Meridian. Taller pier allows the focuser/camera to clear above the leg and the tube part of the pier. I've set up the focuser and camera positions in such a way that the scope/focuser/camera will clear the pier for the whole Southern sky and up to 3 degrees north of Zenith. In other words Meridian Flipping is not necessary for the whole Southern sky.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 01:45 PM

Thanks Paul. The ATS pier is surprisingly light at 34lbs for 42" height. It's actually about 44" tall if you include A-P Flat Surface Adapter with Flat Pier Plate (119FSA-FP). It's the right height for TEC 140 APO. If it was 6 inches shorter, the camera end of the scope could hit one of the legs when crossing the Meridian. Taller pier allows the focuser/camera to clear above the leg and the tube part of the pier. I've set up the focuser and camera positions in such a way that the scope/focuser/camera will clear the pier for the whole Southern sky and up to 3 degrees north of Zenith. In other words Meridian Flipping is not necessary for the whole Southern sky.

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Sounds like a nice setup but at 34 pounds, some 12 pounds lighter than my old long gone 10" ATS, I hardly consider it light. I have to admit, they are definitely a solid pier in use, fold up relatively easily and are pretty easy to level. For a portable rig with an AP900/1100, there are not many choices available and ATS makes a pretty good (but not very light ;)) product.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

Well I'm currently using a modified Meade Giant Field tripod with my 1100. 34 pounds would certainly feel light to me!

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:19 AM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:45 AM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?


I learned a long time ago to add a couple of months to the expected shipping date. Usually works out about right.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:07 AM

Hang in there. Back in late November, I was led to believe my AP1100 would not ship until late January or possibly February, then it arrived the week before Christmas. It was an awesome surprise. I really think the AP staff tries to lower expectations on delivery times when you call to inquire so they do not paint themselves into a corner so to speak.

I know it is a killer to wait, but when those boxes show up you will be very, very happy. Hope to hear good news from you soon! :fingerscrossed:

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:30 PM

Hang in there. Back in late November, I was led to believe my AP1100 would not ship until late January or possibly February, then it arrived the week before Christmas. It was an awesome surprise. I really think the AP staff tries to lower expectations on delivery times when you call to inquire so they do not paint themselves into a corner so to speak.

I know it is a killer to wait, but when those boxes show up you will be very, very happy. Hope to hear good news from you soon! :fingerscrossed:


Probably because at least one of us chose to wait to ship (I have pushed mine back from one of the very first to be made to mid-January and now to pretty much confirmed for mid-February) which moved others like yourself ahead, due to other timing commitments. I have a fixed use 1200 to cover the missing 1100GTO which will be used for portable applications later this year. Enjoy the 1100 mount. I am really starting to get excited about having a look at mine once it arrives.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:26 PM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?


FINALLY!!!
Got an email from Daleen telling me my mount will ship on Monday, Now I hope I can get them to ship it Priority mail instead of ground shipping it UPS as it would take another month to get to Korea :cool:

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?


FINALLY!!!
Got an email from Daleen telling me my mount will ship on Monday, Now I hope I can get them to ship it Priority mail instead of ground shipping it UPS as it would take another month to get to Korea :cool:


There was an issue with a family member of one of the main personnel within AP responsible for the mounts and mount production was "off-line" for a couple of weeks due to that.

Since it is international shipping, AP will probably ship the mount whichever way you wish to pay for within the associated customs, insurance, size, and weight limitations of the requested carrier.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 07:20 AM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?


FINALLY!!!
Got an email from Daleen telling me my mount will ship on Monday, Now I hope I can get them to ship it Priority mail instead of ground shipping it UPS as it would take another month to get to Korea :cool:


There was an issue with a family member of one of the main personnel within AP responsible for the mounts and mount production was "off-line" for a couple of weeks due to that.

Since it is international shipping, AP will probably ship the mount whichever way you wish to pay for within the associated customs, insurance, size, and weight limitations of the requested carrier.


Luckily I don't have to worry about Korean customs as it will be going thru the Army post office and that should save me a bundle of $$ :lol:. as for the weight, As long as it's under 76#'s per package it will be fine

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:29 AM


There was an issue with a family member of one of the main personnel within AP responsible for the mounts..


I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everyone is safe and healthy. The folks at AP are good people.

Jeff

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:10 AM

First my delivery was scheduled for December then late January, Now it is scheduled for sometime in February because "production is behind schedule" from what I'm told. Getting on the notification list 3 months in advance and paying my deposit on Aug 28 didn't help me at all. It was my understanding that those on their notification lists got first pick when their equipment went into production. Anyone else get a an email saying that production is behind schedule?


FINALLY!!!
Got an email from Daleen telling me my mount will ship on Monday, Now I hope I can get them to ship it Priority mail instead of ground shipping it UPS as it would take another month to get to Korea :cool:


There was an issue with a family member of one of the main personnel within AP responsible for the mounts and mount production was "off-line" for a couple of weeks due to that.

Since it is international shipping, AP will probably ship the mount whichever way you wish to pay for within the associated customs, insurance, size, and weight limitations of the requested carrier.


Luckily I don't have to worry about Korean customs as it will be going thru the Army post office and that should save me a bundle of $$ :lol:. as for the weight, As long as it's under 76#'s per package it will be fine


It will be the insurance that will probably shut that shipping method down. $5K maximum via USPS, unless that is waived in some manner and I wouldn't be doing that! My guess is someone at Astro-Physics will be figuring it out.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:13 PM

Looks like I'm in the pipeline for April delivery
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