14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote: I still think its not very user friendly (the way the Meade handcontrollers work seems more logical to me so far)Rick
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Quote:DOS subdirectories are a real good analogy... I spent some time this morning with the handcontroller unit after reading about a third of the manual... and actually am sort of starting to get a feel for the thing... I still think its not very user friendly (the way the Meade handcontrollers work seems more logical to me so far)Rick
Quote:Its just different from the rest. What you will find is after you get used to the interface you wont even need to look at it......something I cant say of any other goto I have used.
Quote:Well, I've got to say that the learning curve with the G11G is still steep for me. I've had many years of experience with Takahashi and Meade mounts, but it didn't seem to help use this one. But, I only had time to read the quick start part of the manual.For first light with a new Gladius 315 scope, I moved the assembled mount only from its storage shed observatory to my observing deck... only about 25 feet but it just about broke my back until I learned what the best "handles" on it were. I polar aligned with the optional Polaris finder and must have been at least somewhat on target, then balanced the Gladius on the mount along both axes. I did a cold start in the right scope position, then I entered the date, my longitude and latitude and the G11 mount type into the handcontroller box. It eventually came back with "Sidereal Mode" I wanted to star test the new Gladius scope which is an F24 scope, but damned if I could get the mount to track Arcturus at all... although the handcontroller box arrows would very very slowly move the star around when I pressed them. I would have never had this problem with my Tak or Meade mounts and I started to grumble... I just hope my next time out the mount will at least track a star... I'm not even asking for GOTO yet... that's mostly for deep sky folks and I'm a lunar/planetary person. Anyway... I've read the manual through and learned about the two arrow trick to change speeds etc. Maybe I'll have more luck next time... but I still don't know why the thing wouldn't even track a star...I'll keep you posted on my future adventures... your probably right... it may work out in the end... but right now I'm not overly excited... plus so far I miss my "clutch" levers on the Tak and Meade mounts and don't really like these Losmandy clutches.Rick
Meade LX850 14" f/8 OTA AP1200 GTO-CP3
Televue Genesis sdf (f5.4)
Atlas EQ-G Equatorial Mount
WO Zenithstar 66
Mayflower 80mm f/15 refractor
A. Jaegers 6" f/5 RFT
A. Jaegers 6" f/10 refractor
Meade 8" f/10 LX200 SCT OTA
A 10 year old "Backyard Observatory"
Quote:Well, I haven't given up hope quite yet... and it is in my financial interest to make this mount work for me... if my initial experience has been less than I had hoped for, I still think that things will eventually work out as your say...Rick
Quote:... plus so far I miss my "clutch" levers on the Tak and Meade mounts and don't really like these Losmandy clutches.Rick
Quote:Hi all,OK... after a week of good seeing (we had 5 weeks of rain) I can officially certify that the Losmandy G11 Gemini mount is just fine. I have nothing to complain about. It just took some practice... about 2 imaging sessions... to get used to using it. By the third night it was acting like an old friend... but on the first night it was pure hell...(but only because of my lack of familiarity with it).Rick