David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
http://www.astrobin.com/users/budman1961/ Meade LX3 8" OTA/IEQ45 Mallincam HyperPlus Color, QHY5L-II Mono Orion Mini Finder/Guider
C14 EdgeHD, C11 EdgeHD Zhumell 8" f/6 Newt AP1200GTO, CGEM DX, CG5-ASGT Rob Miller Tri36M tripod Canon Rebel XS, Atik 314L+, DSI pro I,II, QHY5L-II SX 7 FW with Astrodon LRGB, Ha 5nm Hutech OAG5, Rainbow Optics Grating Scorpio Observatory
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
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Quote:Let's compare dollars to the AP900
14" Meade LX850 80mm Meade 6000 ED APO 90mm Meade ETX 60mm Focal (First Telescope) Orion MiniGiant 9x63 Mallincam Xtreme EXview HAD Canon 5D Mark II Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon 24-105mm f/4L
8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
another thing - Jason is a very accomplished astrophotographer. we all know that folks who are more experienced, can get even a not-so-great mount working great. so if some of the beta testers would be less experienced, that would be a realistic indication of what an average user might experience.
Quote:i don't think there is some vast conspiracy going on.. simply put, Meade leanings aside, Jason would know how to get the best out of the equipment.something most of us cannot do.
Quote:Pak, I think you are off a bit on your comment that we need to know how long "an imager just starting out" will take to get setup and going. I am I think an outlier in that I jumped from a 90mm to a 14", from no major imaging to going for the gold!!!Most guys move up in the ranks so will have quite a bit more experience than someone just starting out.Tony
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Quote:i don't think there is some vast conspiracy going on.. simply put, Meade leanings aside, Jason would know how to get the best out of the equipment.
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Quote:Yes, and that's why he is the ideal beta tester. If something isn't working, Meade doesn't have to try to figure out whether it is pilot error or an equipment problem. He can tell Meade that it works or that it does not and they can rely on the report. It isn't surprising that he has used a lot of Meade gear; he's been a tester for years. If he hadn't used the equipment he'd have been doing a poor job as tester!
Quote:I dont agree with it. It's an insult to others who are experts on AP but they are (somehow) not associated with Mead. Was this mount built by NASA and only their space pilots have the ability to understand it or operate it??..
Quote:Quote:I dont agree with it. It's an insult to others who are experts on AP but they are (somehow) not associated with Mead. Was this mount built by NASA and only their space pilots have the ability to understand it or operate it??..It's a lot of work to test a mount. I used to do some testing myself. It isn't reasonable to expect someone who would never buy a mount in this class to tear down their setups to use this mount for an extended period. That's why most big guns (who already use Tak, AP, or Bisque gear) don't get involved as Meade beta testers. They are certainly capable, but have no interest in doing it. I'd be interested myself, but spend so little time in the observatory that it would take far too long to get the required hours in.