Quote:I am glad to hear that everyone is happy with their Mini Tower. It is indeed a great mount for a fair price. You can see some great AP work that was done by John Bozeman. It is posted on our BLOG. So far, only DSOs. How about if you Solar guys get crackin' and show us some nice images of the Sun? LOLAgain, thank you for the reports and clear skies.Steve
Quote:Nice review, very helpful, thanks!One question. Since the tracking path is not linear, and when the scope is pointing near the zenith (noon), will tracking become a problem due to the singularity? Have you ever observed any strange behavior when the scope passing through the zenith? the Minitower or other mounts?Jason
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Quote:My only issue with the MiniTower is trying to level it. I find it difficult to level, especially if you have a decent size scope on it. I am using the mount basically for solar viewing and mount a Vixen ED103 with a H-alpha filter. The filter is heavy, but I think the combination is within the mount's capacity. Once you level without the scope, then add the scope or tighten the tripod connecting rod, the level changes and I go crazy trying to re-level it. I will keep trying.
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Quote:Funny, I just typed "mount for traveling" into google and this thread came up...I am looking for a mount that I can use for AIRLINE travel with a 80mm ED to do some short exposure (30sec?) astro imaging at my destination. Will the iopton minitower or the ioptron cube fit into standard suitcase? I tried taking a SVP before and that turned into a big hassle..mostly due to the size of the tripod.
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Quote:I think I'm pretty much sold on this mount now.The iOptron website says you can increase payload by 50% with "heavy duty accessories," but when I open their accessories tab for the MiniTower, it's blank. Bob
Quote:Can anyone tell me if the MiniTower's hand controller has a cradle on the mount?With m CG5 I can keep the HC in its cradle and just press the buttons without lifting the HC out of the cradle. Can you do that with the MiniTower?