Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
"Life is a journey, enjoy the ride" *********** Stellarvue 90 Raptor CF.Explore Scientific 152mm Comet Hunter.Orionx14g.Borg 125SD.Borg 60ED. Borg 50Achro. AT10RC. AT6RC. iOptron iEQ45GTN w/TDM.iOptron ZEQ25.iOptron Cube Pro.iOptron MT Pro/iOptron SmartEQ Pro.Celestron 10x50 Way too many EPs, flatteners and reducers. Nikon D5100, Canon T3i and a bunch of filters.
Quote:I have had this mount for about a month now, was probably one of the first to own one. Yes, the dovetail is a tight fit, I had to file a small 45 degree angle on the bottom edges of my Orion dovetail to get it into the slot. Btw, the iOptron Vixen dovetail is a perfect fit in the mount.I have only found one serious issue with the mount, and have forwarded it to iOptron, they have forwarded it to the factory. Here's a video of the issue: http://www.flickr.com/photos/astronewb2011/7352700572/For portability, I purchased a Hakuba tripod bag, and the complete mount fits perfectly in it. The counterweight and hand controller fit in a zippered pouch on the bag. Get one, you'll love it.I've only had the mount out one night since I got it to test it with a Dslr camera mounted. The polar scope hole is useless due to the circuit board bar in the middle of the opening. It holds a small adjustable led for the 'not available' polar scope. With a quick alignment using just Live View on Polaris, I was able to get some 30 sec widefield images without appreciable trailing using the cameras 35mm lens setting. I think this mount is going to perform well in the future, once a polar scope is available.Re the extra hbx connection in the HC..it's for firmware updates. There is a blocked HBX or Aux port on the mount itself, and the HC does have an Auto Guide menu...makes one wonder what the future may bring?Hope the info helps...cheers,Paul
-R.J. Discovery DHQ 8" Celestron C4-R on LXD75 ZenithStar 66 ED Triplet Hardin DSH 6" Orion Transporter 70 Sears 60/900mm 10x50's & assorted other binos
Orion Apex 127 - Desert Sky DSV-1 Alt-Az on a surveyor's tripod. Ioptron SmartEQ Pro. Nikon D5000, Fujifilm IS Pro DSLR. A few Nikon lenses and a ProOptic 500mm reflex lens for fun.
Zhumell Z10 on homebuilt base (leveling feet, degree circle, Wixy alt, lights, eyepiece case, wine cellar) and custom hand cart WO 80 mm ZenithStar, C102ED, Coronado PST, C8, ES127ED iOpton SmartEq, CG-4 mount, AT Voyager mount, iOptron ZEQ25, iOptron iEQ45 mount Eyepieces - yes 10 x 50 Pentax PCF WPII binos iPad with Skysafari & SkyWire Samsung SDC-435, Canon T3i (Gary Honis Baader mod), Canon SX-40, ASI120MC
Quote:Any updates on this mount? I'm thinking about picking one up for some widefield astrophotography with an 80mm scope. Do you this thing could support a small scope and DSLR without much issue?
Quote:I had the cable for a Celestron scope and it fits. Also had to get a USB converter, which is useful anyway. Waiting for ioptron to post the upgrade. which was promised a week ago.