Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Stellarvue SV85s LOMO and SV102A LOMO refractors, Discmount DM4 mount,
Quote:Great review Kelsey.... good to hear that it exceeds all of your expectations - even with a bigger scope than your own.We have similar interests as I too am more into the photography side (FSQ106ED/Tak EM400), but also wanting a matching quality visual set-up to compliment a nice 10" Dob that I 'look after' for my local astro club with my own range of Ethos eyepieces and my own (at the moment), mountless TSA102s.Looking forward to receiving my Nova soon (with the encoders/Sky Commander etc and then the tracking to follow...)Can I enquire further....? You never really got into the performance with your own (lighter) WO scope? Did you feel the tripod was acceptable for this instrument, or 'only just' - what were the dampening times like? Of course, I ask in relation to my smaller Tak - although she is still a rather long (f/8) and heavy 4" unit!The tripod for me is also the 'weak link' issue at the moment. Perhaps I will go with Charles' new creation or a Berlebach Planet or Sky - my only concern with this would be their rather large head base that may encumber zenith performance but I also have on order his 'quick release' unit that would add a further 3" to the height so offering additional clearance.Thanks for taking the time to write up a review whilst the rest of us wait for ours... sounds like I shall be in for an awful amount of 'new equipment cloud'!Clear skies,Damian
Quote:I am curious about your comments regarding pricing. The current price of the Nova Hitch is comparable to mounts like the Trex-- actually the trex price includes encoders so that makes it a bit cheaper than the Nova hitch similarly equipped. A lot of discussion about how innovative the mount is but not much about performance under the stars?
Quote:Also, the Nova has a digital racking option that I don't think that the T-Rex has.
Takahashi Mewlon 300, Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi EM400, Ioptron Pro
Quote:Hi Kelsey, Would you mind making a video on how to balance your scope in the nova? I am waiting for one and am very interested in how this is done. Thank you, Scott
Astro-Physics 130 GT Half Hitch Nova 5mm Tak LE 18mm Tak LE 27mm Pan
Quote:What a beautiful mount! I know it is hand made and all (like Porsche 911s and Aston Martins) and that its market is for grab n go. But, with a Nova Tripod, it costs more than a Losmandy G11 with gemini and tripod.
Nova Hitch alt-az mount