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Quote:I am impressed with their sincere attention to service.
Imho, iOptron has one of the best customer service teams in the business, and their willingness to 'go the extra mile' has earned them my business, past, present and future.
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Quote:Paul,Amazing! I wonder if there are any $5,000+ mounts that sport that kind of tracking. Better yet, are there any $800 mou ts that can do it?
Quote:Great looking shot and great performance from a $800 mount!
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Quote:should I hold off for a few months?
Quote:I am putting together a system run by SGP and definitely the mount is not suitable for semi-automated imaging. I hope that ioptron will update the ASCOM driver, or even better, donate a mount to the EQMOD main developer so their mount(s) could be run by EQMOD, that would be awesome, but probably I am day dreaming!
Quote:I wonder if the users it has happened to realize that the gear housing tension screws have to be loosened a bit for proper operation? If the tension screws are run all the way in and left there, the worm and ring gear may be in constant friction mesh, which is not good.
Quote:Quote:should I hold off for a few months?
Hi Jerry, holding off for a few months can only result in better software updates, in my estimation. Mechanically the mount is 'well done'.
I have seen a couple comments about 'cross talk' but have never experienced that with my mount. Once in a blue moon, I do get a little noise from my DEC motor housing, kind of like an old fax dial up noise, and it's usually right after I return to the zero position.
Seems like the mount is trying to 'dial in' the zero position for DEC, but can't? It's not overly annoying, and I've found that a quick push on the DEC slew button at any speed over 1 will instantly stop it.
I wonder if the users it has happened to realize that the gear housing tension screws have to be loosened a bit for proper operation? If the tension screws are run all the way in and left there, the worm and ring gear may be in constant friction mesh, which is not good.
Like the old saying, 'tight is tight..too tight is broke'..:)
I run my mount with the tension screws backed off at least 1 and 1/2 to 2 turns, and get awesome tracking and PHD graphs.
Again, this noise happens very infrequently, probably 3 to 4 times in the past 4 months.
Hope the info helps,
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Quote:I even did go a bit further and added 2 little washers ~1mm in total into the locking knob of the RA axis. At the moment I am driving the mount with both knobs fully turned in. While slewing the mount I listen carefully the motor noise in order to hear how they behave
Quote:I just slewed like crazy the poor little mount around the sky and played with the knobs. As long as you do not feel that you have a backlash you can loosen them as much as you want. If it is well balanced it is possible to have little pressure on the worm block just in order to avoid a jumping of the 144 teeth gear over the worm.
Quote:One thing I find handy, is that the hand controller works in conjunction with all the programs, that doesn't always happen when software programs take over.
The hand controller always has to be used to return to the Zero or Park position, which is not a big deal for me, but since the gps and park position coordinates are stored in the GPS, I don't know why it can't be used?
Quote:Quote:I just slewed like crazy the poor little mount around the sky and played with the knobs. As long as you do not feel that you have a backlash you can loosen them as much as you want. If it is well balanced it is possible to have little pressure on the worm block just in order to avoid a jumping of the 144 teeth gear over the worm. Lol...you are a crazy man Rainer..:) The key wording in your statement is "If it is balanced".If it is balanced, no problem. But, you stand the chance of accidentally nudging the mount or ota in the dark, and then listening to the horrible sound of the gears unmeshing, and you losing your careful alignment and zero position. Which is why it's important, and good practice, to establish and mark a zero point on the RA and DEC, so when that happens (been there, done that), you can quickly get the mount back to the right position by hitting 'Return to Zero' position and aligning your marks using the slew buttons in RA and DEC.Sounds like you're having a lot of fun and little frustration with the mount, I like that...:)Ciao,Paul
Quote:I heard that one with ~100 pounds payload is coming...Jay
Quote:Quote:I heard that one with ~100 pounds payload is coming...Jay I really hope so. Shhhhhh..............!Paul
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Quote:Hi, I just put my C8 w accessories weighing 14lbs on the ZEQ25. One 9.8lb CW was not enough. It needed an extra 5lbs. Other than that, what a pleasure that altitude adjustment is! It's cloudy so I don't know any more.Clear skies, RandyC
Quote:Is anyone using the PowerWeight battery pack to power this mount?http://www.canadiantelescopes.com/Shop-By-Brand/Accessories_17/iOptron-PowerW...
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