Quote:OK, Re: first picture, there are 3 holes in the top 3/4" piece aligned with the wood grain. However, this is not a problem. In order to snap this piece, substantial differential pressure would be required - much like snapping glass along a score line. Weight from the motor unit is fairly evenly distributed in & inside the circular grove. The motor unit rest directly on the wood and not the screws used to secure the motor in place. This wood does not bend and the multiple laminated pieces makes sure of it. This is oak, not balsa. The wood high stress & weak points are directly above the leg bolts. However, it should easily hold 100#, which is adequate for the motor unit, scope & counterweight. The real danger with this arrangement is not when the tripod is setup, but when it is being moved about or transported. The tripod legs are heavy and if one leg was to be suddenly twisted, impacted or dropped, then that could be a problem.By the way, I'm not selling these. For my needs, I like this mount's design as an alternative to my two EQ mounts. I'm just showing how I'm making it more useable for me.
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:Understand that this is a brand new freshly designed $1000 mount that people are having to re-engineer with plywood and home depot wire rope to keep it together.
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Orion ED80 Lunt80 with DSII Lunt 152 AT 102EDF Celestron 6SE with HyperStar Celestron 6" f/8 Refractor 8" Newtonian/Cassegrain Byers 812 SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 Celestron 9.25" CPC 1100 with HyperStar 17.5" AstroSystems TeleKit ExploraDome II Life Member and ALCOR - PAS New Orleans ALCOR - PAS Mississippi Waning Moon II Observatory
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Quote:Happy Birthday Dave!Joe
David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
Quote:If you follow the link, and read what they fixed (hopefully), then you will see that they say they are addressing everything, including guiding via Envisage, and including support now for ST4 guiding. And they say they have fixed the PEC problem. Now THAT would be nice.
Quote:We have released a new firmware update for the LX80, and are now shipping the APM module.
Quote:Yes, you ended up with a much better GEM. Wish I had another $800 to spend, I would have tried to get yours when you canceled the order. The CGEM DX or even the CGEM were out of my price range. I will say this about Astronomics, the offered me a good price on a CGEM when I was going to cancel my LX80 order and I got the CN discount off the $799 price on the LX80.
I can't help but believe that you and a few others were instrumental in getting Mead to look at the problems with the LX80. Meade owes you something - at least a thank you here on the forum.
C9.25 on CGEM
OldSchool 6" Newt on ASGT
My Denk Binoviewer is worth more than my portable mount
Permanent backyard steel pier
Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
Andrew buys mounts on based on my recommendations!
Quote:The choice is simple, do you want a mount that just works, or do you want a mount that you have to make parts for out of scrap plywood and your neighbors band-saw?
Quote:Quote:The choice is simple, do you want a mount that just works, or do you want a mount that you have to make parts for out of scrap plywood and your neighbors band-saw? The choice is simple - there are currently no other mounts available that can do the jobs this one can do. Maybe in a month the AZ-EQ6GT will be available at twice the price (and probably twice the performance), but it's not available yet.
Quote:Quote:Quote:The choice is simple, do you want a mount that just works, or do you want a mount that you have to make parts for out of scrap plywood and your neighbors band-saw? The choice is simple - there are currently no other mounts available that can do the jobs this one can do. Maybe in a month the AZ-EQ6GT will be available at twice the price (and probably twice the performance), but it's not available yet. Sadly, it is very clear, even this mount can't do what this mount is supposed to do.
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote:Mistake on Meade's part. The 07640 controller is the same one that ships with the LX80.
Guess Meade doesn't proof read as well.
Quote:To me, it's not an AP mount, and reports are that it works just fine for basically everything else.
Quote:I noticed the APM module is $39.99 then it goes on to say if you have the 497 handbox you can pay another $149. and buy the audiostar handbox because for some reason they setup up the apm so it wont work with the 497 handbox.
Quote:However, in the 497s, the 909 lump is a "polled" device, and approx 50% of the processor time is devoted to this polling.It doesnt seem to affect anything ( that i have seen so far ), but it does reduce CPU availability for other processing.