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Quote:OK. So I guess I am "general public"... and you're not! So after you write a review for general public consumption and say all the rosy things about it, maybe you can send me a private message and tell me what you really think?
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Quote: I spend most of my time in short viewing sessions on my deck, and with having to get up for work 5 out of 7 days, the quicker I can set up and view, and then tear down the better.
Quote: One thing to add after my last post, I took the Gibraltar out last night on Saturn with the NP101 - I really gave the tripod and head a once over in the shop yesterday before I went out. I found that the bolt / handle that attaches the Telepod head to the tripod had an anamoly in it where it left some play and did not tighten down securely. The way it was set up, the threads were catching to where it felt like the star handle was tight, but was actually a full turn off... still have a minor beef as this older style of tightening is not conducive to folks with large hands trying to turn that sucker in such a small space!! I was able to use a padded wrench and it was doable though (one MORE thing for the astro tool bag to carry around!) After fixing that, lo and behold, last night on higher powers and Saturn, I was getting satisfactory performance out of the mount / scope combo!! It was not PERFECT - there were still some vibrations on focus, but it was 100% better than the previous experiences. Dampening times on hard tube taps and tripod jolts were 2 secs or less, which is very good. I only had the legs retracted about 25%. Thus, my negative statements about the Gibraltar are retracted!!
Quote:Hi Tom, hi all!This mount is manufactured in Switzerland, and it is not *very*well known in Europe - as far as I know it is only well known inSwitzerland and in Germany. Maybe in Japan, too.The disadvantage you are writing about is effectively none,as the motion is very smooth. It is not, as for example the Giro,*aluminium moving on aluminium*, but it uses *teflon*.Slow motion knobs would only make the whole construction less precise.This mount is known as AYO (spanish: "Let's go") and there arethree versions available by now:The AYO (= WO EZTouch)The AYOnd for heavier loads (new)The AYOdigi with encoders and with/without NGCmaxThe knobs you are mentioning are here to tighten or loosen the tension. As far as I remember they are black - on the olderversion. I have not seen the newer ones, as they are expectedto come out in january.There are also counterweights available - or the possibility tohave two scopes on this mount.Why do I know all this...?It will be my next mount! AmaliaP.S.The homepage of the manufacturer is out of work right now,www.aokswiss.chbut I have found a site of an astronomer which shows the AYO:http://mypage.bluewin.ch/pfischlewitz/equipment.htmlclick:Intes MK66 De LuxeandCoronado PST
Quote: What, you only have to get up 5 out of 7 days for work? Must be nice, I want your job!! (plus 6 yr old twins seems to work on the rest of the time remaining on the time left outside of work)Seriously, I am the same - with all the grandiose plans of travelling to dark skies when I bought the equipment, most of my use is relegated to the backyard, brighter targets, planets and double stars as my mag 4.5 skies see to that!! (at least AZ has a lot of "clear" nights). I do "force" the issue by booking trips to dark sky sights for multiple nights to make sure there is SOME quality time - for example I have 5 days at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in June... and at least once a month I make it out to the club star parties.
Tom Tele Vue 102mm f/8.6 on an EzTouch Vixen 80mm f/5 A80SSWT on a grab-n-go mount
Quote:Amalia, are there any discussions on the german forums about settle time with this mount. After reading Tim's initial remark about the Gibralter mount and then fixing his issue to get to a 2 seconds settle time brings that mount into atleast usable range. I will be wondering specifically about a TV102 and how it performs with this mount.
Quote:Tom, alot of it (most likely all of it) will depend heavily on the tripod.T
Quote: You have mag 4.5 skies? Wow! That would be awesome - and in AZ, you have clear nights? Wow! I wish I had those too!Well some day its good bye Chicago, Mag 3 skies, cold winters, cloudy skies 350 nights a year and hello AZ! And I'll bring my EXTouch with me, once I get it!
Quote: After reading Tim's initial remark about the Gibralter mount and then fixing his issue to get to a 2 seconds settle time brings that mount into atleast usable range. I will be wondering specifically about a TV102 and how it performs with this mount.
Quote:Tom,I think "usable" is the operative word here - the Gibraltar is not bad but I would not mind better... I have used it a couple of times now since the "Fix" and 2-3 sec dampening times are the norm, but this is dependent upon leg retraction, and how the tube is pointed. The worst is when the tube is horizontal since is supporting the full weight distribution across the pivot or moment. (I can reach 4-5 sec dampening times in the worst configuration).Tim
Quote:Amalia -Thanks for the info! My favorite part of the site was:"Willkommen bei AOKswiss online, dem WWW-Informationsservice von Astro Optik Kohler. Wir verzichten ganz bewusst auf Seiten mit "Einkaufskorb", sondern setzen auf sicher ladende html-Seiten ohne Cookies, die dafür eine Fülle von Informationen enthalten, sowie der aktuellen Preisliste mit dem möglichst aktuellen Angaben über den Lagerbestand. Und nicht zuletzt setzen wir auf persönliche Beratung vor mehr Umsatz!Die letzen grossen Änderungen und Neuheiten finden Sie am schnellsten auf unserer History-Seite. Die Menüleiste zu Ihrer Linken wird Ihnen helfen, durch unsere Seiten zu stöbern. Kleine Bilder mit geringer Auflösung zeigen meist auf grössere mit höherer Auflösung. Dies hilft, die Übersicht einer Seite zu verbessern."No idea what it actually says, but it looks cool. (I took German in high school - but all I remember is enough to make sure I wont go thirsty if I ever was in Germany).
Quote: P.S. The homepage of AOK is online again (only inGerman, but many pictures): click "Montierungen"
Quote:The mount and tripod looks really nice. Any idea on how much weight it can handle?Fred
Quote:Thanks Amalia, can you really imagine a 10" dob on that mount? I can't.
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