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#1 Ricky

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:06 PM

Hi All,
Looks like Sky Watcher is coming out with a new "baby" mount for very light use. Looks pretty cool! This came from their Facebook page. Looks like a real nice grab and go and travel mount. Its supposed to come out this summer. I'd be surprised if it didn't make an appearance at this years NEAF Conference...here's the link:

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:47 PM

That looks cool - more like a even smaller SkyGuider then Polarie or SkyTracker.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

Looks interesting!

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:30 AM

if it has ST4 it will be a killer. I would definitely want one..

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:14 AM

Please let it have ST-4. But it's not listed in the text so I'm not holding my breath. Sigh. Skytracker v2? Astrotrac with Polar Scope? Wait for this new one? So many choices!

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:57 AM

Is that not an ST-4 sized jack pictured in the bottom right corner of the mount?

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:08 PM

according to a German forum it has ST4 and a mini-USB for DSLR shutter control.

man I can't wait for this thing. so i can stop looking for a Tak Sky Patrol...

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:16 PM

And im pretty sure its gonna be a lot less than the Tak...

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

well if it's $800 that's not a lot less than the Tak. Let's hope it's $400 :D

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

They had one at ASAE this past year. It's quite stout and solid feeling. It does have an ST-4 port, but they didn't know how much it was going to cost.

I don't know if it is clear in the picture, but whatever your Dec. axis is goes on with a Vixen dovetail, so it would be possible to make your own, with features like a slow motion control, or even a mini-fork, if you wanted.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:06 PM

This would be really cool. It's smaller than the usual suspect small EQ mounts.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:06 PM

Oh- and on the size- it may be bigger than some of you are thinking. It's bigger than a 28-300mm superzoom lens. Still compact, but quite different from the flat polarie. In my mind, this is a good thing- much more bearing capacity. It's a little like someone made a CG-5 ra axis in CG-4 size and took the DEC axis off.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:15 PM

i think it's still good sized compared to say a CG4 because it doesn't have the polar fork - that task is handed off to the handy tilting base or to a tripod tilt head. i can see myself packing this into my overnight suitcase.

if it had a great polar scope and PEC... it might be worth close-to-Sky Patrol price.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:01 PM

It has a built in polar scope. Dunno on PEC.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:01 AM

Yup I've seen that German poster where they mentioned the polar scope. That's why I said "great" polar scope I.e. as accurate as a rapas or tak.

One can dream :)

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:25 PM

Listed at 350$ in Canada for summer 2014, end of june.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 03:19 AM

5kg payload, priced to be cheaper than the polarie apparently

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:03 AM

Polar alignment is going to be criticle as with the astrotrack.It's the price point that blows the socks off the others.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:29 AM

Here at AstroCats 2 weeks ago. I saw the mount and even touched it. I will get one, once they are available.

YES IT DOES HAVE A GUIDER PORT!

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:46 AM

I'm not sure how useful the guide port is with only one axis :question:

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:48 AM

1' off the pole in AZ means 1 arc-second of drift in 5 minutes. So if your pixel scale is 5"/pixel you can tolerate being 5' off the pole with 5 minute exposures, or 10' off the pole with 2.5 minute exposures.

However.. this thing probably has 40" p-p of periodic error with a 10-minute period (just guessing). So on a 5-minute exposure you'd have 20" of RA drift, or 10" in 2.5 minutes.

So definitely having RA guiding is still pretty useful, because the periodic error swamps drift due to misalignment (unless you are grossly out).

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:16 AM

I would love this tracker mount if it handles loads better than the Ioptron version. The Ioptron will slip under heavier loads. I like the Ioptron's polar scope with app which is much better than the Astrotrac version.

Too bad it doesn't take a 12 volt external power supply. Hopefully they sell a 12 volt DC adapter that will supply the correct voltage.

I keep hoping for a camera tracker mount that works as well as Astrotrac but is more compact and doesn't need to be reset like the Astrotrac. A very accurate polar scope with App like the Astro-Physics RAPAS would be great also. That's the best feature of the Ioptron version.

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 08:07 PM

That looks cool - more like a even smaller SkyGuider then Polarie or SkyTracker.


I've been keeping an eye on this mount in Europe. Here is a size comparison:

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 02:55 PM

Getting close to delivery...

http://youtu.be/3T96UEHvaNE

Not shure if other the teleskop austria will get their ordered mount anytime soon though .

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:48 PM

For about the same price at nearly $500, I think the iOptron Smart EQ Pro would be a better buy as it is a proper equatorial mount, has Go-To and two axis guiding. Also the tripod is included.

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