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ioflying
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #4795567 - 09/07/11 11:30 PM

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Hi Mike,

Could you post a link to where you found the Sky Tee 2 for £230 (pounds).

Thanks




Hi Mike,

It was here...
http://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/action/basket/

But it is 229.17 GBP because of the VAT taken off if sent to USA
But then there would be 40GBP shipping charge I see.

Otherwise it is 275 GBP


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Mike E.
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4795826 - 09/08/11 06:10 AM


Thanks again.


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GlenM
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: John Huntley]
      #4795917 - 09/08/11 08:04 AM

Hi John,

I still think the mount shows promise. I know a few people who have had some problems with the clamps.

It's the old issue of quality control I suppose. It's made to a price point,and we can't get away from that.

I've not had mine out in really cold weather yet. I was just posting how I had found the mount so far.

Lets hope some day we can have a perfect mount at a perfect price.


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astroneil
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: John Huntley]
      #4795967 - 09/08/11 08:49 AM

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I was loaned a Skytee II for a few weeks and found it had a lot of potential but I ran into 2 issues with it that worried me:

1. I found the altitude motion extremely stiff, even with a heavy optical tube on board. I tried a Meade AR6 and a 10" F/4.8 newtonian on the mount. This stiffness did not lessen with use and got worse as the night cooled - with heavy OTA's some resistance is fine but moving them was not enjoyable or smooth with the level that I found.

2. I found the design and manufacture of the dovetail clamps rather poor. They look fine superficially but the travel in the "jaws" is barely enough to accept a standard dovetail bar and the thread within the alloy clamp knob was quickly stripped so that one clamp became unusable after just a couple of sessions.

The 2nd issue is the more worrying and I soon lacked the confidence to risk a heavy OTA on the mount. Another UK owner also realized this weakness and has replaced both clamps with good quality replacements by ADM but at some cost.

If Synta can remedy these issues then I'd be really enthusiastic about the Skytee II but I'm not going to invest in one until then.




Hi John,

I've not really had those issues, though I do take your point about the dovetail clamps; they could be better and might well be worth upgrading in the long run.

I've actually tried it with a pretty heavy 6"F/10 refractor and it held that instrument quite securely.

Regards,

Neil.


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astroneil
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: GlenM]
      #4795974 - 09/08/11 08:54 AM

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Hi Neil,


If you keep buying new kit the weather will never clear up.




Hi Glen,

Tell me about it.

It's sunny here now but by nightfall, it'll be chucking it down. Sign of the times.

Regards,

Neil.


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Djarum
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: John Huntley]
      #4796409 - 09/08/11 01:11 PM

Is this mount from Orion similar?

http://www.telescope.com/Mounts-Tripods/Altazimuth-Mounts-Tripods/Orion-SkyView-Mini-Altazimuth-Telescope-Mount/pc/-1/c/2/sc/35/p/100279.uts


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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Djarum]
      #4796458 - 09/08/11 01:36 PM

The functionality is similar, but the Mini Skyview mount has far less carrying capacity.

Even the full sized Orion SkyView AZ mount, which has much more capacity, but no slo-mo controls, has considerably less carrying capacity than the SKYTEE 2...


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Djarum
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #4798656 - 09/09/11 05:47 PM

Those two look awefully similar, only difference to me looks like the size of the tripod legs. I really would like to be able to mount my 8" reflector to an AZ mount with slo-mo controls.

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astroneil
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Djarum]
      #4884072 - 10/27/11 07:05 PM Attachment (162 downloads)

Hi,

Quick update on the mount.

Still very much enjoying it. It's very versatile. I find mounting two scopes on it at once to be great fun and a more efficient use of my telescope time.

Stability continues to impress me. I managed to enjoy a good few nights moving round the sky with a fairly big frac. Here it is mounting a 6" f/8 triplet. At just under 15 kilos (about the quoted limit for a single scope), it worked flawlessly.

The colder weather makes the motions a bit more difficult to negotiate but nothing I couldn't manage.

One cautionary note: temperatures have begun to plummet close to zero here of late and on two occasions I've had a minor panic attack. I always take extra care to bolt the scopes securely in the saddle with their dovetail plates but on two occasions I found the bolt became more loose after cooling down. One night, I watched in horror as the dovetail holding my 5" refractor began to slide groundwards through the saddle. I got to it before anything serious happened though. The same thing occurred using a 60mm refractor. I think the metal contracted just enough to loosen it. It was easy to remedy by re-tightening AFTER it cooled off.


Still a happy stargazer

Regards,

Neil.

Edited by astroneil (10/27/11 07:58 PM)


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jason_milani
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: astroneil]
      #4884351 - 10/27/11 10:07 PM

I like it. Nice setup.

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Guy Noir
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Wilsonman]
      #4884427 - 10/27/11 10:43 PM

I would have bought one if it was available here ... specially if they would fit it with DSC ... why does it take them sooo long to wisen up and do their market research? Not a problem anymore for me though ... will be moving to Europe soon anyway ... Hej, hej. jag prater svenska varje dag ...

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astroneil
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Guy Noir]
      #4884983 - 10/28/11 10:28 AM Attachment (107 downloads)

Hi Mike,

I don't know why this mount isn't available in North America but it sure is good value for money.

Here it is with my nifty 60mm Skylight f/15m.

Regards,

Neil.

Edited by astroneil (10/28/11 10:22 PM)


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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: astroneil]
      #4885316 - 10/28/11 01:40 PM

That looks remarably similar to this or possibly this here in the states? I have been looking for something like this for my FS-128... what do you think?

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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #4886130 - 10/28/11 09:51 PM

The first one doesn't have slo-mo controls, and the second has less payload capacity than the Skytee 2.

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Guy Noir
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #4886140 - 10/28/11 09:58 PM

indeed correct ... however the M150 isostatic mount does not have slow motion controls, while the second one, MG2, from SV does, and is in the right price range, so it would be great ... but has been waitlisted for a long time now
So yo, SV, what gives, get the MG2 out there, and add some DSC while you're at it
Michael


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Guy Noir
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Guy Noir]
      #4886145 - 10/28/11 10:01 PM

woah ... faster gun from Arizona :-)
... what he said ...


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billva
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Guy Noir]
      #4886714 - 10/29/11 10:32 AM

I purchased a MG2 directly from Stellarvue a few weeks ago. I called them to see how long the wait list was, and they said it was in stock.

I'm real pleased with it. It doesn't even know the TV-85 is on there.


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billva
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: billva]
      #4886719 - 10/29/11 10:38 AM Attachment (104 downloads)

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stevenf
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: billva]
      #4907782 - 11/10/11 12:27 AM

I think this is the same mount?

http://www.canadiantelescopes.com/Shop-By-Brand/Accessories_14/Canadian-Telescopes-Heavy-Duty-Duo-T-Mount


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johninderby
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? [Re: stevenf]
      #4932802 - 11/24/11 11:06 AM Attachment (124 downloads)

The Skytee 2 does have a lot of modification potential. I did replace the standard dovetail saddles with ADM ones and moved one of them from the "top" position onto the counterweight shaft end. Makes it much better when used in Alt-Az mode with two scopes. Stuck a Berlebach saddle on the top position for mounting something light weight.

I've installed the Synscan upgrade intended for an EQ5 mount on my Skytee 2. With some custom made brackets it bolts onto the mount with no modifications to the mount at all. Then I designed and built a wedge for it.

When you examine the internal components of the mount it's clear SkyWatcher raided the EQ5 parts bin and kept the same gearing. Works great in EQ mode and tracks very well indeed. The first time I tried it without even bothering to polar align it properly it kept Jupiter in the FOV for over two hours.

In Alt-Az mode it's just a powered mount without proper tracking as you'd need encoders for that. However it works really well and makes it a lot easier to use as you're not reaching for the slo-mo knobs but holding the hand control.

John


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