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Sharkman
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Reged: 08/12/06

Loc: Nelson, New Zealand
AP900GTO has arrived
      #4391692 - 02/16/11 10:59 PM Attachment (119 downloads)

Just a few NIB pics to start things off.

As others have rightly said, the A-P mounts are truly beautiful pieces of machinery.

They included a set of allen wrenches for free with my order -- nice touch.


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Sharkman
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Reged: 08/12/06

Loc: Nelson, New Zealand
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4391694 - 02/16/11 11:00 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

Here's the dec axis drive:

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Paul G
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Loc: Freedonia
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4391795 - 02/17/11 12:19 AM

It's a beautiiful thing!

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Ad Astra
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Loc: Riverside Co., California
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Paul G]
      #4391800 - 02/17/11 12:22 AM

Congrats on the new baby! I'm so envious, I can even smell the plastic and new paint from here!!!!

More photos to drool on please!!!

Dan


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skybsd
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4391902 - 02/17/11 02:42 AM

Congratulations!

Regards,

skybsd


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CounterWeight
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: skybsd]
      #4391920 - 02/17/11 03:16 AM

Congratulations on a fantastic mount - more pic's please

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Sharkman
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Reged: 08/12/06

Loc: Nelson, New Zealand
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #4391994 - 02/17/11 05:49 AM Attachment (89 downloads)

Assembled and on the A-P portable pier:

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Sharkman
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4392002 - 02/17/11 06:01 AM Attachment (86 downloads)

With counterweights and scope:

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4392141 - 02/17/11 08:42 AM

That's a nice chunk of hardware. Congratulations!

David


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Sharkman
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Reged: 08/12/06

Loc: Nelson, New Zealand
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #4392180 - 02/17/11 09:03 AM

Had first light tonight with a 23mm Celestron EP and no power to the mount. Nice view of Saturn. Full moon tonight, though.

I don't have a shorter FL EP handy to accurately check collimation, but on first glance, the optics seem in good shape.


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jmasin
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Reged: 12/22/08

Loc: Murphy, TX (DFW)
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4393080 - 02/17/11 05:12 PM

Congrats!!! It's nice eh? I love mine!

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skybsd
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4393092 - 02/17/11 05:21 PM

NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regards,

skybsd


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tjay
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: skybsd]
      #4393288 - 02/17/11 07:01 PM

Wonderful looking mount. Congrats.

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bardo
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: tjay]
      #4393449 - 02/17/11 08:10 PM

That thing looks like a copy of Ioptron's new mount. I wonder if its as good?

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Jeff B
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: bardo]
      #4393512 - 02/17/11 08:29 PM

Very, very nice. To me, it's the best looking of that style mount.

Jeff


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bradisback
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Jeff B]
      #4394346 - 02/18/11 08:03 AM

Nice!!!
Beautiful setup!!!
Good fun with it!

Stef


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nemo129
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: bardo]
      #4394522 - 02/18/11 09:45 AM

Quote:

That thing looks like a copy of Ioptron's new mount. I wonder if its as good?




Yes after all it is from that "untried" AP company in Indiana!

...And on a personal note and more seriously...I am extremely jealous! Like others here, that is the mount of my dreams...congrats to the OP! Enjoy!!


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LLEEGE
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Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: nemo129]
      #4394548 - 02/18/11 09:57 AM

Indiana?

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nemo129
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4394650 - 02/18/11 10:46 AM

Sorry ...Illinois.
I don't have to get it right until I own one!


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LLEEGE
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: nemo129]
      #4394655 - 02/18/11 10:48 AM



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Sharkman
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Loc: Nelson, New Zealand
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4403235 - 02/22/11 07:31 AM

It's working great so far. I only have a few, very minor issues:

1. The "Y" cable that goes from the CPU to the RA & Dec drives should have the connectors labeled or color coded. The first time I hooked it up, I didn't read the instructions carefully enough, and assumed it was a daisy-chain setup; so I reversed the controller and RA drive connectors, which resulted in the Dec drive not working.

2. I found the lighter-style 12V connector to be useless. I ended up cutting it off to expose the bare wires for use with my DC power supply.

3. The documentation is generally very good (in stark contrast to most things made outside of English speaking countries these days). However, even though they include setup instructions for those of us in the southern hemisphere, there are a number of inconsistencies and a few confusing areas. The docs would benefit from a proofreading / southern hemisphere debugging pass.

4. The keypad user interface is definitely quirky in places, but I'm slowly getting used to it.

I'm still working on getting good polar alignment. I can't see the south pole or most of the eastern sky from my site, so the process I'm using (compass+level+PEMPro) has been pretty time consuming, and isn't producing very good results yet. PEMPro, too, seems to have some bugs related to use in the southern hemisphere....

One thing I've noticed is that enabling the PEM correction playback seems to increase errors, rather than reducing them -- maybe due to rough handling of the mount during shipment. I'm planning to try re-calibrating to see if it helps.


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LLEEGE
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: Sharkman]
      #4403250 - 02/22/11 07:45 AM

Quote:


One thing I've noticed is that enabling the PEM correction playback seems to increase errors, rather than reducing them -- maybe due to rough handling of the mount during shipment. I'm planning to try re-calibrating to see if it helps.


That's probably due to it being recorded in the Northern hem. Your RA is tracking in the opposite direction now.

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dawziecat
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Loc: Rural Nova Scotia
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: bardo]
      #4403620 - 02/22/11 11:40 AM

Quote:

That thing looks like a copy of Ioptron's new mount. I wonder if its as good?






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Helcarexe
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Reged: 12/24/10

Loc: Des Moines, Iowa
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: dawziecat]
      #4403865 - 02/22/11 01:54 PM

Oh Wow what a nice set up you have there...

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M13 Observer
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Reged: 12/09/06

Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4403953 - 02/22/11 02:39 PM

Quote:

Quote:


One thing I've noticed is that enabling the PEM correction playback seems to increase errors, rather than reducing them -- maybe due to rough handling of the mount during shipment. I'm planning to try re-calibrating to see if it helps.


That's probably due to it being recorded in the Northern hem. Your RA is tracking in the opposite direction now.




Good point! That isn't immediately obvious and I doubt I would have thought of it for quite some time.


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Paul G
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Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: bardo]
      #4403976 - 02/22/11 02:52 PM

Quote:

That thing looks like a copy of Ioptron's new mount. I wonder if its as good?




And the 10Micron.


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Joselo
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Reged: 02/26/08

Loc: Texas
Re: AP900GTO has arrived new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4407331 - 02/23/11 11:37 PM

congrats,
AP mounts are a work of art...

you will have many many years of enjoyment...


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