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#1 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:25 PM

My first nice computerized GEM arrived today! Delivery dates were originally stated between Feb. 18th and Feb. 24th, however it came early today. I've used other telescopes, on both Alt/Az and manual GEM mounts, but I've never had a tracking equatorial mount before.

I've just unboxed everything. Not too many pieces. The tripod looks amazingly sturdy, the outer tubes are quite thick. The equatorial head itself looks pretty nice. It's quite solid, seems pretty well built for the price, when loosening the Dec. and RA axis locks, everything seems smooth. I'm quite pleased that Orion is putting a dual saddle on this mount by default now, that saved me another $170 that would have been spent on an ADM! The whole setup is pretty heavy, almost ninety pounds it seems.

There is one issue, however. One of the counterweights plastic knobs that let you tighten and loosen it on the shaft arrived shattered. Little miffed about that, I'll have to figure out how to get that replaced quickly. Other than that, after I finish up this post, I'm going to power it on for the first time and have some good ol' play time with my new toy!

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#2 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:25 PM

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#3 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:26 PM

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#4 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:26 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:26 PM

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#6 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

Weight with shattered tightening knob:

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:45 PM

Congrats! That's awesome! Always fun to get new toys. :)

Bummer about the knob. I'd bet Orion would just send out a replacement. It should be an easy fix. Hopefully.

Clear skies,
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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

And now 2 or more weeks of clouds will descend on Colorado.
Or maybe lady luck will just smile on you. :)
Enjoy your new mount. :jump: :yay: :thewave: :elephdance:

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:17 PM

Congrats! Don't forget to get EQMOD...great piece of "free" software.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:21 PM

And now 2 or more weeks of clouds will descend on Colorado.
Or maybe lady luck will just smile on you. :)
Enjoy your new mount. :jump: :yay: :thewave: :elephdance:

Stan


LOL! This is about as true as true gets. The clouds actually started rolling in yesterday, and today everything was a gray haze. According to the forecast, the earliest I MIGHT be able to point this stuff at the sky is Feb. 20th. :\

I guess that will give me plenty of time to get familiar with using it, figure out how to get it connected to a computer, learn how to control it with some planetarium software, learn BYEOS, etc.

LOL, clouds until the 20th. Bah! :lol: :roflmao: :lol:

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:22 PM

And clouds are part of the new mount package.

#13 Jon Rista

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:22 PM

Congrats! Don't forget to get EQMOD...great piece of "free" software.


Aye! I fully intend to. Once I researched EQMod, and learned about some of the tools, that was one of the things that toppled me over from CGEM to Atlas. The dual saddle was the other thing...I don't know why a dual saddle isn't just standard fanfare these days...seems only logical.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

Congrats! That's awesome! Always fun to get new toys. :)

Bummer about the knob. I'd bet Orion would just send out a replacement. It should be an easy fix. Hopefully.

Clear skies,
Charles


Thanks! I hope they can just send out the knob and tightening shaft, rather than a whole weight. Not like I need it right away, I have clouds for another nine days at least, and it'll probably be mid March before the night sky actually clears up enough to do anything.

Here is everything, mount, ADM side-by-side, Orion Mini+SSAG all assembled:

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:30 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

And clouds are part of the new mount package.


Dreary ones, too. The last two days have had the most dull sky you can imagine, day and night. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 10:25 PM

Nice looking set up Jon, Hey can you get a good pic of the side by side saddle set-up... My CGEM has the same option and I wanted to see what it looks like, Thank you, Kasey
PS thats a nice looking OTA, you camo it yourself?

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:01 PM

Hi Kasey,

Here are some shots of the ADM D-type Side-by-Side saddle. I am actually having some problems with the Orion Mini guidescope. The attachment plate tightens at a 90° angle to where it should tighten. When it's fully tightened, the scope points directly at the side of the scope, instead of parallel along the same vector. Not really sure what to do about it. The difference in threading is like 1/64th of an inch if that.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:01 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:01 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:02 PM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:02 PM

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:09 AM

My "telescope" is a Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II lens. It's a pretty expensive lens ($12,800), uses a pair of high quality lab-grown Fluorite lens elements to reduce optical aberrations and reduce weight. Optically, it is one of the best photography telephoto lenses in existence. I'm hoping it will double as a darn good APO refractor as well.

The camo is a LensCoat, RealTree Max design. It's a neoprene coating a few millimeters thick. I have that on for my wildlife and bird photography...it isn't for astrophotography. :p

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

Hi Jon,

The base of that mini-50 looks like it has somewhat the same shape as the Vixen type dovetail. Have you tried just squeezing it directly with your saddle? Maybe that will work. (Fingers crossed.) :)

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:39 AM

Congrats Jon on your new mount. Looks good!






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