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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5561049 - 12/08/12 03:19 PM

Jack, it should do well with a C9,25. Today I had the first chanche to set up the 10"f5 for photographic tests outside, it is f*** cold and a very poor transparency. Hope I can do a few shots of NGC2403 before the fog builds up again.

CS
Martin


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neilson
professor emeritus


Reged: 08/22/10

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5561676 - 12/08/12 11:16 PM

I think you made a very good choice Jack. The AZ EQ6 is looking like a well made mount. I can't wait to see how well it works with your C9.25 for AP.
neilson


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: neilson]
      #5562436 - 12/09/12 01:08 PM

Neilson,

Me too. If it holds Marti's 10" f/5 Newtonian, it should handle my C9.25 easily. I just removed the ADM Vixen plate I bought for the C9.25 and replaced the stock orange Losmandy plate as the SkyWatcher is made for both Vixen or Losmandy plates. The ADM vixen plate is nice, but the Celestron orange Losmandy plate adds a nice tough to the OTA.

The mount left Nashville, TN at 2AM on Saturday morning and is scheduled to arrive by the end of day on Tuesday. Hopefully it gets to New Orleans early enough to get on a delivery truck Monday. I am anxious to set it up.

Jack


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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5562621 - 12/09/12 03:10 PM

The conditions yesterday were miserably, however I could do 11x12min with my 10"f5. The first 3 shots were a little bit egg-shaped, but after that I lowered the agressivity in Dec and the rest was round stars. Still very impressed.

CS
MArtin


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Mike X.
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5562974 - 12/09/12 06:58 PM

Could you please share the pics with us whenever you can?I would really appreciate it

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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Mike X.]
      #5564247 - 12/10/12 02:02 PM Attachment (118 downloads)

This is a crop of NGC2403, but it was nearly impossible to remove the colourful gradiens I had.

CS
Martin


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Lee Jay
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 02/27/08

Loc: Westminster, CO
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5564256 - 12/10/12 02:07 PM

Looks like the tracking is nearly perfect.

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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Lee Jay]
      #5564262 - 12/10/12 02:13 PM

Marti,

That is quite impressive considering the OTA you have on the mount.

Although UPS received the SkyWatcher packages from KW Telescope at 2AM, they decided to tease me further and not load them on a delivery truck. I guess I have to wait one more day to receive mine.

Jack Huerkamp


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Mike X.
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5564746 - 12/10/12 07:19 PM

Impressive Martin!! Thank you very much!!
I think i will give a serious consideration on this mount


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ccs_hello
Postmaster
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Reged: 07/03/04

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5564796 - 12/10/12 08:00 PM

Martin,

I assume you are using this mount in EQ configuration, right?
Guiding or no guiding?

Clear Skies!

ccs_hello


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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: ccs_hello]
      #5566348 - 12/11/12 05:33 PM

Yes, and of course with autoguider. Next time I will try to record a pec and see how unguided exposures work. However I can hardly imagine using the mount without autoguider, the mgen is so small and easy to use and includes also the dithering function that it makes no sense for me to use the mount unguided. There is an outlet to control the EOS, but the mount won't do any dithering without autoguider (would be a nice feature to be included in future software updates however).

CS
Martin


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5566464 - 12/11/12 07:21 PM

Well, UPS finally decided to bring me my mount. It arrived in mid afternoon while I was at a doctor's appointment. I received an email update from UPS confirming delivery and as soon as my doctor released me, I dashed home and set it up.

What a beautiful, well thought out mount. I added the C9.25 with Losmandy dovetail plate to it and the mount did not budge. Based upon the results Marti has obtained, I have no fear that this combination will work well for MallinCam viewing at outreach events and star parties.

I shot a short video with my iPhone and uploaded it to YouTube. This is one quiet mount!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqsSm-vGQ14

Jack Huerkamp


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Mike X.
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5566472 - 12/11/12 07:27 PM

The sound is really clean! Seems the belts are helping on that!

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DuiA1
super member


Reged: 05/07/12

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5566482 - 12/11/12 07:34 PM

Let me be the first to congratulate you. Looks awesome! Sounded very quiet and smooth. Enjoy it Jack and look forward to your reviews...

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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Mike X.]
      #5566516 - 12/11/12 07:56 PM

In a way the drives sound a little like the SkyTracker on the StarMaster Dobs. Now to get it outside and give it a test drive - as soon as it clears up.

Regarding weight, it is not bad at all. The total weight of the packages was 86# including the two 22# counterweights. Its a lot easier to maneuverer than the other multi mount I own.

Jack Huerkamp


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mega256
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: N of Tampa
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5566541 - 12/11/12 08:26 PM

Jack,Congrads on a great mount,best of luck.

Very nice looking,indeed.....Sure looking for more reviews..

Jack isnt that 2x11 lbs counter weights? total 22 lbs?

Edited by mega256 (12/11/12 08:28 PM)


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stevetaylor199
sage
*****

Reged: 09/21/11

Loc: SE Wisconsin
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: mega256]
      #5566566 - 12/11/12 08:54 PM

One of the features that jumped out at me on Jack's video of his AZ EQ-6 is that the power cable plug is secured with a screw-on fastener (just after 1:07 in the YT video). That's certainly a welcome change from the simple jack on my Orion Atlas. (In fact, I've thought of having mine modified by a third party.)

Yet, when I look at the Atlas Pro product on the Orion website -- which I've come to believe is the same product, except in, you know, black -- I see the same cheap jack as the old Atlas. Nor does it have the "SNAP" feature on Jack's mount; and where Jack's mount has a red LED, I see just a blind hole in the Atlas panel.

What's the deal -- is the photographed unit in the Orion catalog just a mockup or prototype? Or will there be different feature sets on the SW and Orion mounts?

Finally, and excuse me for breezing past this, where can one currently buy the AZ-EQ6 for shipment to the US?


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: mega256]
      #5566606 - 12/11/12 09:27 PM

Bob,

OOPS! Yes two 11# counterweights for a total counterweight of 22#.

Jack


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5566610 - 12/11/12 09:32 PM

Steve,

Talk to Brian at KWTelescopes in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada:

http://www.kwtelescope.com/

1-877-345-5757

I ordered min last Tueaday and it arrived in a week.

Jack Huerkamp


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mega256
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: N of Tampa
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5566717 - 12/11/12 10:51 PM

The Orion Atlas and The Skywatcher are different..
There is no gps and camera controll in the Orion unit.
Look on the web for the skywatcher specs..
From the begining pages of this post..
http://www.astroshop.com.au/guides/sky-watcher-azeq6gt.asp


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