Atlas EQ-G, or Pro AZ/EQG?
Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:40 PM
I'll throw up a couple of pics in a little while, my camera battery is on the charger at the moment. I must say this mount was packed much more securely than the Atlas EQ-G I received previously. Double boxed, and packed very tightly in foam. Not the breakable styrofoam, but whatever that other stuff is, that feels more like a camping sleeping pad. The foam is of such good quality, I plan to build a lightweight wooden crate for the mount, to transport it, and use the factory foam to line it with.
Now I have to do some serious reading, and up my grade level a bit, to figure out how all these new gizmos talk to each other.
There will be a whole lot of mock setups going on, in the comfort and light of my living room, before I venture out into the dark with this rig.
While I wait for the 8" astrograph to ship, I plan to try the setup out with my Omni 120XLT OTA. There are some nice images on Astrobin taken with that unit, so why not try it out?
I am definitely the limiting factor now. I can't blame anything on the equipment!
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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:55 AM
Well the pelican is ideal for a mount case of course.I did mine for fun mostly.It serves it's purpose
Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:36 PM
I don't think I have one of those in the budget, so I think I am going to go the same route Mike did. That factory foam should last years, with reasonable care, and I might even have enough scrap and misc. parts laying around to build a case like that. Thanks for the pics guys!
Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:54 PM
Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:26 PM
been using mine in this configuration for a year now...Imaging is a breeze with out so much as a hickup in that time
Posted 29 March 2014 - 11:05 AM
It won't be gracing any magazine covers, but the point was to show that even with a little slop, and without PEC training (yet!), in the hands of a total caveman, these mounts do well!
Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:16 PM
I have spoken to Orion about the problem, they said some slope is normal, but it depends on the amount. You don't want the scope to bind by making it too tight. I have no RA slope at all. After following the procedure again, I have found a happy medium with no binding and smooth movement.
Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:50 PM
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:24 AM
My Goto accuracy isn't amazing, so far. I'm guessing it's me, and not the mount. The simplest thing can make a difference, like forgetting to finish centering stars for the alignment by using UP and RIGHT on the keypad.
It sure is fun to play with, though!
Posted 30 March 2014 - 12:08 PM
Based on what I have read, if you do a 2 star alignment you must have very good polar alignment and you should have adjusted the ring mount to reduce cone error. The 3 star alignment will compensate for cone error. Also a Illuminated reticle eyepiece is a good Idea to get better goto accuracy. The link I sent you shows you how to adjust the mount for good home position and accurate polar alignment among other things.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:46 PM