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#1 calypsob

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 05:10 PM

Any guinae pigs testing the ieq45 pro yet? I've been hoping to hear about the results of the stepper motors.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:52 PM

I am also interested in any info that preliminary users of the mount might be able to provide, assuming anyone anywhere has their hands on one.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:50 PM

There may be some beta users out there, but iOptron still has the mount's status listed as "On backorder. Expected arrival mid August 2014." Great looking mount!



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:28 AM

I'm interested in the performance of the "Pro" to decide whether it is worth upgrading my existing iEQ45 to "Pro" level.

The stepper motors may be worth it. 



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

Yep if it will give my zeq25 a run for its money I will give it a go. I don't think a cem60 would be a great investment for me right now because can only shoot once a week if I have good weather, however I need excellent performance from the mount. The zeq25 does well at the moment but I am having it repaired due to an incident back in May. 20minute exposures are a must, as well as round stars. Keep us posted if you test out an ieq45pro



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:30 PM

I hope I am wrong. As an owner of a 3 year old IEQ45 I think expecting perfect stars for a 20 minute exposure may be a bit optimistic for this mount. that is more in line with a AP Mach one class mount. Unless you are looking at sub 500mm focal lengths, you may wish to wait and see what results people get with the real product with similar optics as yours as manufacturer claims are not always in agreement with results from production articles used by regular consumers.

 

I often see ~15 arc seconds of error over 4-5 minutes unguided with the IEQ45. My AP 900 gives me ~3-5 arc seconds over 10 minutes unguided. Both mounts are used in the field and not a fixed location. I align with the polar scope then do a quick drift to fine tune.

 

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

I hope I am wrong. As an owner of a 3 year old IEQ45 I think expecting perfect stars for a 20 minute exposure may be a bit optimistic for this mount. that is more in line with a AP Mach one class mount. Unless you are looking at sub 500mm focal lengths, you may wish to wait and see what results people get with the real product with similar optics as yours as manufacturer claims are not always in agreement with results from production articles used by regular consumers.

 

I often see ~15 arc seconds of error over 4-5 minutes unguided with the IEQ45. My AP 900 gives me ~3-5 arc seconds over 10 minutes unguided. Both mounts are used in the field and not a fixed location. I align with the polar scope then do a quick drift to fine tune.

 

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Hmm I think I will wait to see results. Round stars in 20 minutes are easy with the zeq25 and an oag at 1,600mm so I have high hopes for the new 45 pro



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:04 AM

It looks like the new iEQ45 pro will have a permanently engaged worm drive just like original one . To me this is a good thing as there seems to be issues with the Cem 60  worm engagement method. :(



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:00 PM

 

Hmm I think I will wait to see results. Round stars in 20 minutes are easy with the zeq25 and an oag at 1,600mm so I have high hopes for the new 45 pro

 

 

20 min guided or unguided? If guided, it is normal. If unguided, it is super.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:30 PM

It looks like the new iEQ45 pro will have a permanently engaged worm drive just like original one . To me this is a good thing as there seems to be issues with the Cem 60  worm engagement method. :(

It will be interesting to see, the only draw back on the CEM60 is vibration from the adjusting screw and not noise from the gears, annoying but harmless. Does permanently engaged means no vibration / resonance? Looking forward to see them in action. Luc








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