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#1 Seldom

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:25 PM

Dennis di Cicco likes it. :jump:

Except:

He didn't like the GPS reception, but he had an early model, from last summer. My GPS isn't as fast as my Garmins, but if I turn the scope on inside the house the mount locates itself in 5 minutes or so. Outside my GPS is normally "OK" by the time I've aligned with Polaris. My scope is normally in the zero position when during the time the GPS is searching.

He was also underwhelmed by the object database, and I understand why. GoTos are easy to a named star, but RA/DEC is a much simpler way to get to a star that's only SAO listed. Of course, I'm new at this, but I haven't figured out a way to enter "R Lep" as a goto, or Bayer or Flamsteed numbers.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

I just got the mag in the mail yesterday. It'll be interesting to read it now that I've had about 2 months toying with the mount. I haven't gotten to use it all that much, though, with the bad weather here.

GPS hasn't been an issue with me, either. 5-7 minutes to lock on seems to be pretty close. The hardest part for me is figuring out how to polar align with a scope in that placement with glasses. Extremely uncomfortable! On the stock tripod, that is.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:13 PM

Someone needs to make an inexpensive right angle polar scope adapter!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:22 PM

Someone needs to make an inexpensive right angle polar scope adapter!


Yes! :bounce:

#5 Mkofski

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:31 PM

Someone needs to make an inexpensive right angle polar scope adapter!


YES!

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

Or a detachable small screen.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:49 PM

Looks like I'll be picking this issue up.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 10:52 PM

NWCS:

I just received my ZEQ25GT mount a couple if days ago. Two quick things that I did:

1. Unscrew the alignment pin on the tripod top and move it 180 degrees to the screwIn position directly over a leg. MUCH more convenient for Northermpn Hemisphere since there won't be a leg intruding into your private space when attempting to peer into the polar scope.

2. Take your glasses off, lick your index finger, and press against the edge of the polar scope ring and rotate until the etched diagram focuses for your eye. Unless you have a load of astigmatism which is a different game.

This helped make it easy to find and line the North Star.

Where in Tennessee? I'm originally an Oak Ridge boy (not of the singing variety). I live in Boulder now, but get back to Knoxville to visit the sibling and maternal units regularly.

Best,

Jim in Boulder

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

Or a detachable small screen.


I wonder if you could make an adaptor to attach a guidescope camera?

#10 Bluejay08

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:14 AM

Yes, you can. I read a post about use a webcam and a camera film roll case to make a display. Though you need set the camera at high frame rate.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:43 AM

Do you have the link?

#12 Chris_H

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:05 AM

HERE is one

#13 Seldom

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:08 AM

HERE is one

Nice mod, but the polar scope on the ZEQ25GT doesn't extend far enough out of the mount to provide that sort of attachment.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:33 PM

Yep, loads of astigmatism! But it may work without glasses. I'll try next chance I get. Oak Ridge! Yep, born and raised there on east end. Always nice to see another Oak Ridger about. :) I'm in Knoxville now.

Next time I drag out the tripod I will move the pin over and see how it does. Now if I can shrink the old belly that'll help too!






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