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#1 Xxray

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 09:30 PM

Am considering this mount for my coming lunt 60, seems like the ideal size and weight for a smaller scope.
Just wondering basically what more you get with the pro version vs standard ?

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 09:56 PM

Am considering this mount for my coming lunt 60, seems like the ideal size and weight for a smaller scope.
Just wondering basically what more you get with the pro version vs standard ?


Xxray,

The pro version has metal gear, guiding port, and a polar scope. Worth the difference in price, IMO.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:52 PM

I'm convinced, I just ordered one !
Wouldn't do to have my Lunt arrive and have nothing to mount it on.
Since it will be used only for solar viewing I'm not very concerned about go to accuracy ect, but rather relatively stable for a small scope and easily portable.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:57 PM

I think it would be a nice fit for a small OTA like yours new Lunt. Post. Picture when you have it all set up.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:46 PM

Yep, I actually got a Celestron AVX for this scope, way more mount than this scope will ever need. Having problems with it and am not sure if I am going to get a refund or replacement, but in any case I think I will use the Lunt more having an easy to transport mount.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:27 PM

Hope you get the issues with your AVX resolved. I'm sure it is a better mount than the SmartEQ but is certainly overkill for your Lunt. You will have a nice grab and go/solar setup.

I've been happy with my z25 and iOptron's customer support is second to none.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:27 PM

Hope you get the issues with your AVX resolved. I'm sure it is a better mount than the SmartEQ but is certainly overkill for your Lunt. You will have a nice grab and go/solar setup.

I've been happy with my z25 and iOptron's customer support is second to none.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:27 PM

I use my smarteq with a 10 lb ota,dewsheild and ep fully dressed.
Very accurate lil mount

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:59 PM

Came in today, I am impressed by light weight and size, very portable.
No scope to put on it yet, a couple things I am wondering.

Came without a manual, CD or power cord for AC hookup. Had 2 boxes, one had the remote, the other was crunched and empty, leading me to believe I am missing some accessories.
A know was also busted, I'm thinking this was a return and they just sent it back out to the next person that bought one - Me.

Did manage to hook it up with a power cord from my old Meade, it appears the counterweight wants to go into the legs when slewing, don't know if I have it set up right.

Is there any way to simply manually slew the mount without having to go through setup/aligning procedures ?
Since this is hopefully going to be a mount for a solar scope, in practice I am not going to have much of a need for aligning.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:13 PM

Xxray,

The way you have the altitude adjusted would be Ok if you were on the equator. You just need to adjust that and the counterweight will be fine.

You can download a manual at iOptron.com in the support section.

You can also check their site to see what should have been included with the mount. An empty box is a bit strange! Was that an empty box inside another box? If so it could have been there just as packing.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:17 PM

Here is a link to what it should look like... Check this out.

And the users manual... Here.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:04 PM

Empty box is about the size of the one that had the controller, it was beat up and taped up.
Plastic thumb screw which tightens the upper arm of counterweight is shattered.
There are 4 allen screws that holds the main part together, around the battery area. This whole area was flopping around pretty bad and since it holds the dovetail bracket, not good for scope stability.
So 3 screws were lose and 1 is missing, giving me the impression it has been taken apart and carelessly put back together.

I think I almost certainly got a return, if it functions correctly I'll be happy, we'll see.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:43 PM

Well looks like this thing is defective, motors hum but no motion. Tried tightening/loosening various thumb screws, couldn't get it to budge.
Will call MON to see if anything can be done, if not this will be the 2nd defective mount going back within a week [Just returned a DOA AVX].

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 03:39 PM

Was wondering if anyone with this mount can tell me how it behaves when the drive with the weight reaches the end of its travel either way.
This pic with the red line shows the limits of its travel, when it gets to those points it stutters and looks like the gears slip. Is this how it is supposed to act ?

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:38 PM

There is no end of travel either in Ra or Dec.
If you are slewing the mount with the counterweight on and no telescope, it will be very imbalanced and the servos will eventually stall. Servos, contrary to steppers, when they stall they can easily burn out.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 07:25 PM

You are right, mount was unbalanced without a load, travels normal without counterweight.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:07 AM

you can set the end of travel ,You can chose an option to stop the r/a at meridian and flip the ota incase you have a long tube refractor and you don't want the ota to hit the tripod legs






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