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Quote:It should be very stable with heavy payload.
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Quote:DEC PE of under 2 arc-seconds.
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Quote:Paul - coolie-moolie!On my iEQ30, the fine-tuning alt knobs/screws are a little rough on the ends (need to be rounded out for more accuracy), how are they on the ZEQ25?Thanks,Paul
Quote:From the OPQuote:DEC PE of under 2 arc-seconds.Never seen anything like this before... Any idea?Cheers,Jose
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Quote:The mount has enough Polar Routines to make anyone happy. That, in combination with the excellent polar scope reticle and the iOptron Polar Position App from iTunes make it a serious contender.
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Quote:Quote:From the OPQuote:DEC PE of under 2 arc-seconds.Never seen anything like this before... Any idea?Cheers,Jose Jose..the DEC periodic error is just a function that PecPrep offers, it's really not important unless your declination axis is extremely bad, so bad autoguiding can't keep it under control.Those figures were the max periodic error, the average PE for RA was 3.5 arc-seconds, with only a single star alignment. The mount has a alignment routine available that is similar to "Alignmaster", no view of Polaris is necessary, the adjustments are carried out with a combination of the mount adjusters and the handcontroller slews. Unfortunately, the sky has been so bad I haven't had a chance to test that procedure yet. The mount has enough Polar Routines to make anyone happy. That, in combination with the excellent polar scope reticle and the iOptron Polar Position App from iTunes make it a serious contender. Oh, and it's not a German Equatorial Mount (GEM)...it's a Chinese Equatorial Mount (CEM), an evolutionary design based on the "Z" configuration. I think iOptron has set a standard with this mount....Best,Paul
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Quote:Sorry missed the part above about alignmaster like routine. Thanks! Wonder if similar routine will be available as an update for the smarteq?
Quote:Nice review. What would the benefit of the Z-configuration be, though?
Quote:Thanks Paul! Would like to know how stable it is with 27 lbs payload.Jay
Quote:Really intrigued by the ZEQ25 now. Watched the videos from the other thread a few times and think that this would be a great mount for my new toy (AT111EDT APO Triplet) that just arrived on Friday. It's down to this and the Celestron VX to replace my CG5.
Quote:It does work with Starry Nights Pro and Cirques du Ciel at the moment. And also with The Sky as of this week. All that remains is a useable version to link to SkySafari or Orions StarSeek and it will be truly versatile.
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Quote:Any updates on how your enjoying your ZEQ25?
Quote:Paul any chance you could post some PE results for this mount, perhaps with Pempro or similar. Pempro do offer a free trial.
Quote:@ Astronewb (Paul): if possible i need tracking tests of this mount. Take an APS-C camera+200mm lens or FF camera+ 300mm. Take exps at ~0° DEC, unguided, of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5m, 4m. Look at results and let me know when trailing is perceptible, u can shoot in jpg fine. No raw needed for this kind of test.Thx
Quote:No trees are important. Important is being at celestial equator. Pls let me know as u got new results....
Quote:It looks to me like OTA conflicts with the tripod are much more likely.
Quote:Quote:Paul any chance you could post some PE results for this mount, perhaps with Pempro or similar. Pempro do offer a free trial. I will do that as soon as I can. Just got updated drive pulleys and belts from iOptron, same as current shipping mounts. As soon as I get them installed and a clear night, I can convert some PHD logs w/PecPrep to see what it looks like. Cheers,Paul
Quote:I know that's not the resident (raw) PE, but I couldn't spare the time to turn off auto guiding to log it. I estimate it's about 20 arc seconds peak to peak, or less.