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WirelessDude
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I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner)
      #3749855 - 04/17/10 12:43 AM Attachment (171 downloads)

UPS just delivered my baby this evening. I only had time to set up the AP Portable pier, 1200RPA, support bar and two accessory trays, and RA/DEC assembly halves. The scope you see at middle bottom is the 14" LX200R that will be mounted on it along with an NP127is and a load of AP gear. All to be housed in the SkyShed POD in the backyard...

Now, it's time to study for a final I have tomorrow.

More to come!

Clear skies!


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malachykidd
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3749908 - 04/17/10 01:28 AM

That's a spankin' nice mount, Wireless. I'm envious. Very, very envious... I curse you to a week of cloudy skies!



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skybsd
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: malachykidd]
      #3750015 - 04/17/10 05:10 AM

Hello,
Fantastic mount!

You're in for a lot of fun, exciting next few years with a mount of that class!

Congratulations!

Regards,

skybsd


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3750183 - 04/17/10 08:57 AM

Now that's a nice piece of hardware!

David


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chuckscap
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Reged: 07/18/09

Loc: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #3750189 - 04/17/10 09:00 AM

What a beautiful mount. Congratulations!

Chuck


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Joselo
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Reged: 02/26/08

Loc: Texas
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: chuckscap]
      #3750483 - 04/17/10 12:50 PM

congratulations..... I received mine about a week ago...

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blueman
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3750502 - 04/17/10 01:09 PM

That is a beauty all right!
Blueman


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: blueman]
      #3751224 - 04/17/10 10:05 PM Attachment (103 downloads)

Thanks all for your congratulatories!

And, yes, the curse lives on! That day after receiving the mount, the clouds started to roll in! (I need to install some amenities in the observatory anyways the next few days before getting the mount in there...)

Here's another pic with the DOVELM162 installed with the 14" LX200R OTA on it (all balanced) with the CW assembly, controller, power supply, and PASILL4. The RA balance was between 2 fully-extended 18-pounders and an added third 18-pounder least-extended. I may need to get another CW to accomodate the NP127is and all the astrogear I'll be adding...

Man, I love how smooth this mount moves! Everything about it screams PRECISION! Initial tests have been successful...

I am waiting for another Losmandy-type dovetail for the top of the LX200R to mount the NP127is.

More to come...

Clear skies!


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3751299 - 04/17/10 10:49 PM

Quote:

Thanks all for your congratulatories!

And, yes, the curse lives on! That day after receiving the mount, the clouds started to roll in! (I need to install some amenities in the observatory anyways the next few days before getting the mount in there...)

Here's another pic with the DOVELM162 installed with the 14" LX200R OTA on it (all balanced) with the CW assembly, controller, power supply, and PASILL4. The RA balance was between 2 fully-extended 18-pounders and an added third 18-pounder least-extended. I may need to get another CW to accomodate the NP127is and all the astrogear I'll be adding...

Man, I love how smooth this mount moves! Everything about it screams PRECISION! Initial tests have been successful...

I am waiting for another Losmandy-type dovetail for the top of the LX200R to mount the NP127is.

More to come...

Clear skies!




Now that's what I'm talking about. Looks terrific on the big mount!!

David


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Tom and Beth
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Loc: Tucson, AZ
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3752284 - 04/18/10 02:03 PM

Looks nice.

MIght I make a small suggestion? Use the little hand strap to hang the controller off either of the 3 locking knobs. (E_W_S) No need in dropping a $1K accessory, yes?


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #3752464 - 04/18/10 03:34 PM

I had already started to do that late last night. Thanks for the suggestion...

I guess that's why it's good to familiarize yourself with a new mount by taking the time to do so!

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3752601 - 04/18/10 04:51 PM Attachment (81 downloads)

Further testing... This time with a totally wireless connection to the mount via encrypted WiFi using Silex Technology's SX-2000WG+ USB 2.0 server (located just left of the scope in the cam pic).

After slewing around a bit and monitoring the mount via my garage security camera (also WiFi-connected), I have to say that all works well with MaxIm DL 5.08/latest ASCOM drivers and Silex connectivity software running on the Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) over the home WiFi.

If you are thinking of the Silex route on Windows 7, make sure you get the latest firmware and drivers...

Clear skies!


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skybsd
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3752688 - 04/18/10 05:31 PM

SWEEEEEETTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regards,

skybsd


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Mike Clemens
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Loc: Alaska, USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3752842 - 04/18/10 06:58 PM

Gorgeous. Your polar axis is way too low though for my taste : )

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LLEEGE
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Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owner) new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #3753881 - 04/19/10 09:36 AM

Quote:

Gorgeous. Your polar axis is way too low though for my taste : )




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WirelessDude
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Loc: San Tan Valley, AZ, USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3765809 - 04/24/10 04:56 PM

Right now, I am prepping the POD with matted flooring which requires the disassembly of the POD itself. (What was I thinking in just using the concrete as the flooring?!) The matting is water- and mildew-proof and will provide a nice added protection from the elements and hopefully seal the POD base from any water...

Clear skies!


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EricCCD
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3766201 - 04/24/10 09:19 PM

Gorgeous! Congrats! You'll love it!

Question: how tall is your pier?

Eric


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: EricCCD]
      #3768143 - 04/25/10 07:03 PM Attachment (73 downloads)

The pier is 32"...

Here's a picture of it in the POD. I had to take the POD all apart to lay down the 8' x 8' matting under it. Now, I'm putting it all back together. Made sure the mount and pier made it in there before putting the door assmebly on...

More to come!

Clear skies!


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EricCCD
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3768570 - 04/25/10 10:26 PM

Oooo, really nice!

Thanks for the info on the pier height. I have a 42" pier, and I thought those nifty EP tables were only available for 48" and higher piers. Your setup proves otherwise!

I also have similar matting (I'm presuming it's those interlocking tiles) in my obs. Saved quite a few pieces of equipment as they bounced rather than smashed into concrete!

What's under those tiles? I was concerned about possible "springiness" of the mount with those tiles (if they're the same foam tiles as mine), so I cut holes in them so the feet rest on my concrete pad. Something to consider, anyway.

Eric


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3794624 - 05/08/10 08:44 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Well... Tonight is first light for the AP1200GTO. I decided to start with my NP127is to get acquainted with the mount. This is the scope I plan to put atop the 14" LX200R once I get the top dovetail for it.

It'll be a clear night!

Clear skies!


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gillmj24
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3794789 - 05/08/10 10:51 PM

I had posted a question in the observatory forum whether a POD could house an ap1200 and a big sct (eventually my deforked 12" rcx!!)

looks like you answered my question


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WirelessDude
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Loc: San Tan Valley, AZ, USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: EricCCD]
      #3795434 - 05/09/10 12:04 PM

Quote:

What's under those tiles? I was concerned about possible "springiness" of the mount with those tiles (if they're the same foam tiles as mine), so I cut holes in them so the feet rest on my concrete pad. Something to consider, anyway.




Yes! They are the interlocking tiles. Bought them at Costco for $12 (package of eight 2x2 tiles...) I used 16 tiles to cover the 8' x 8' area.

I don't have anything under the tiles. The weight of the obs keeps it in place with the added weight of the insulating material filling the walls and primary dome. After I make sure the obs is circularized nicely, I will anchor the six points around the base with concrete taps...

Also, the "springiness" doesn't seem to bother the mount/pier. While performing polar alignment with PEMPro2 last night, I was able walk around without seeing any glitches on the tracking data. I guess the contact points on the legs are providing enough force to overcome any variable gaps within the flooring material.

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3795477 - 05/09/10 12:31 PM

As expected, the AP1200GTO was a DREAM to polar align! There's no sloppiness whatsoever in the alt and az adjustments. Once I did some coarse polar alignment using only the Televue Starbeam (never used the PASILL4), PEMPro2 showed that I was no more than 30 arc-minutes off NCP. Zeroing-in on the NCP was effortless and took only an hour or two with PEMPro2.

I guess what stands out in the whole process is how solid the mount/pier is. There's no comparison to my RCX400 setup on an Ultrawedge with Mitty Industries enhancements! Polar aligning that setup was such an tedious task due to the "wobbliness" of the entire system, and the adjustments weren't nearly as fine...

With the little time I had left that evening, I decided to see how the mount performed in tracking (without PEC). WOW! Tracking was no more than 3 arc-seconds peak-to-peak per cycle!!! Realizing that I was not loading much on the mount, I look forward in getting about 100 lbs of gear on it and re-checking its tracking and applying the PEC...

Finally, I decided to do a 300-second quickie unguided image of M101. GREAT! The guiding gear will not have to work so much in keeping the exposures dead-on!

More to come!

Clear skies!!!


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hickeydp
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3796091 - 05/09/10 06:43 PM

Stunning!! Looks like a fantastic setup. Long may you enjoy it

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WirelessDude
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Loc: San Tan Valley, AZ, USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: gillmj24]
      #3796517 - 05/10/10 12:11 AM

Quote:

I had posted a question in the observatory forum whether a POD could house an ap1200 and a big sct (eventually my deforked 12" rcx!!)

looks like you answered my question




I'm glad the pictures helped! I will be showing a picture of the 14" LX200R + NP127is + all the imaging gear on the mount once I get all the pieces together...

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3798560 - 05/11/10 03:32 AM Attachment (66 downloads)

After getting the alt/az adjustments tuned to <2 arc-minutes on each axis off NCP, I was able to do some unguided test shots of M101, M51, M13, and M16...

Here's a cropped raw image of M16 at about 25 degrees. Keep in mind that this is a single image, dark subtracted, unguided, and exposed for 4 minutes using the ST-8300M.

I am going to have some fun with this gear!

Clear skies!!!


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gillmj24
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3799037 - 05/11/10 11:36 AM

Which scope was that the 127?

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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: gillmj24]
      #3799369 - 05/11/10 02:34 PM

Quote:

Which scope was that the 127?




Yep! I don't have the 14"er on the mount yet. I wanted to get used to the mount and work out the adjustments with something lighter on it...

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3807693 - 05/15/10 08:05 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

I finally got the 14" LX200R on the mount. WOW! I wonder If I am able to get the NP127is on it with the clearance that's left over. If not, I'll settle for my Meade Series 5000 80ED Triplet APO...

I don't have the AO-L attached in the optical train just yet since I maxed-out the CWs with the load you see here. I have more CWs on-order.

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3809335 - 05/16/10 07:32 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Here another shot of the wire organization. Not quite permanent, but I made use with what I had on-hand. We'll see how it works out!

Clear skies!


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RobertED
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3809394 - 05/16/10 08:07 PM

Looks like a fantastic set-up, Wireless Dude!! Very Awesome!!!...any pro's or con's encountered by you yet????

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WirelessDude
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Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: RobertED]
      #3809432 - 05/16/10 08:25 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Quote:

Looks like a fantastic set-up, Wireless Dude!! Very Awesome!!!...any pro's or con's encountered by you yet????




Other than this (see attached image), everything is working like a dream!

As expected, the scope needs some collimation after a change of hands (bought it on AM and arranged for pickup between Phoenix and San Diego...)

Clear skies!


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WirelessDude
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Loc: San Tan Valley, AZ, USA
Re: I just got mine, too! (Yet another AP1200 owne new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3809466 - 05/16/10 08:45 PM

Quote:

Here another shot of the wire organization. Not quite permanent, but I made use with what I had on-hand. We'll see how it works out!




Decided to tie the black plastic conduit tubing to the scope handle due to some potential kinking between the DEC servo motor and the DEC clutch knobs...

Clear skies!


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