WO EZTouch Alt-Az Mount now sold without Tripod
Posted 20 February 2006 - 01:33 PM
Posted 20 February 2006 - 01:46 PM
Posted 20 February 2006 - 01:53 PM
Though it can hold two telescopes, it looks like you need to buy thier combo plate to mount a 2nd telescope. Unless it comes ready as a two telescope mount.
Nice looking mount.
Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:28 AM
Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:41 AM
It does look like a very nice Alt-AZ mount - looking foward to hear some user reports.
Fred, when you consider it's dual arm capability, in this price class this is probably the best alt/az I've ever used.
It's smooth, it's stable, and the abiltity to mount two scopes at once is particularly cool.
The only "downside" that I see at the moment, is that you apparently can't mount encoders - but for small scopes, I personally don't feel it's needed.
I'm getting rid of my Gibralter and keeping this.
Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:06 PM
Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:09 PM
Tom, are you still going to mini-review the EZ touch with the WO 105 triplet?
Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:31 PM
Although - I may bump it up and do it with the UWANS to get it out a little sooner. It makes more sense to do it with the 105, but I've been getting lots of questions via e-mail on this mount, and it's going to be a little while till I get the 105 review out. (I have about 5 reviews on the docket at the moment, and a couple more things I'd like to get to - I've got enough to keep me busy for a while.)
I played with a FS102 on the WO tonight and a 66SD on the other side (being woefully ignored). It works well, but balance is a bit of an issue - like with any alt/az (except the discmounts - which are in a whole nother class).
I'm not sure I'd want to put a whole lot more weight on it than that (especially with a scope as long as the FS102), but it was pretty solid, smooth and useable at 180x or so. The rap test gave a damping time of 4-6 seconds which is about what I'd expect - focusing settled down within a couple of seconds (1-2 when using fine focus). Better than my Gibralter, considering the weight that's on it. It's certainly a lot more versitile in the telescopes you can use with it.
Some small annoyances have popped up - I do wish the tension adjustment screws were captive - however you can tell when they are all the way out before they pop out (and they haven't popped out yet) - they get a little wobbly when all the way out - and the tray's a little small (I also wish they had used a bolt that went all the way through the support, instead of one that screwed into the plastic - that would be less likely to strip out at some point - although that's a minor issue.
Still, given the price, and the fact it's dual armed with Losmandy and Vixen saddle plates (that covers just about everything) - I think it's an excellent deal.
I've got the gibralter sold.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:11 PM
This time I took the 66SD off, and put VSP's (vibration supression pads) under the feet.
At ~200x, with the FS102, the rap test yeilds a settle time of <2 seconds (the combination of a few lbs less and VSP's the difference is astounding). Focusing - the jiggles stop as soon as you remove your hand from the knob.
Overall, I consider this very good for a lightweight alt/az mount.
I came in to get some higher power eyepieces, and I'll check dampning time at 275x and let folks know.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:26 PM
To get this level of stability, it's I found it's VERY important you spread the legs as far apart as possible.
I'd recommend Ultrawide angle eyepieces for higher powers, as items just fly across the FOV of the 3-6, but the motions of the mount are smooth - however, unlike the DM4/6, I can't track and observe at the same time - the setup isn't that stable - but to be fair, I've never seen one that is - outside of the DM4/6.
This is excellent performance for a lightweight, inexpensive mount.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:26 PM
I've got a Tak Teegul Lapides Mod on a SVP tripod and this setup does allow tracking with the slo mo controls. Very smooth and solid. I've got a 100ED and TV76 in a side-by-side setup and have added slo mo cables to reduce vibration when tracking. See pic.
***Ooops! Sorry about the large pic file****
Posted 12 March 2006 - 09:16 PM
Could you please reduce this to 800x600 pixels...60KB filesize please.
Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:03 PM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:47 PM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:55 PM
Posted 17 March 2006 - 07:29 AM
I still think the DSV-1 is a good, solid mount for smaller 80mm faster scopes. What you are thinking about mounting on it would probably be fine. He does offer a guarantee on the mount if you ask him.
Posted 17 March 2006 - 12:13 PM
Posted 17 March 2006 - 11:16 PM
Posted 18 March 2006 - 02:27 PM
If you buy just the mount w/o tripod for $379, can you attach your Losmandy DUP / DUPS plates to it right out of the box? Or do you have to buy the $148 adapter plate??
Also, I noticed that it has a 5/8x11 sized mounting thread where it attaches to the tripod - I thought the Gibraltar or Bogen tripods were 1/2" and not 5/8??
Finally, why haven't they posted specs for this yet?? Sort of odd they would sell it without posting the specs - website says "Specs coming soon" That is odd.
Thanks in advance,