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Lane
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5700466 - 02/25/13 07:40 PM

Not talking about loud goto motors here, just simple slo motion motors, very quiet and powered by a single 9 volt battery in the hand controller. My main goal is a super quiet mount for use at campsites, but capable of handling a big scope and easy to setup.

Also these motors are not fast, you still push the mount to the general location you want to view and then use the motors. I have not timed it but it would probably take somewhere around 10 seconds to move the scope from Rigel to Sirius.

Edited by Lane (02/26/13 04:50 PM)


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: Lane]
      #5701705 - 02/26/13 01:42 PM

Understood. I would like to see your finished product!

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Lane
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5702057 - 02/26/13 04:50 PM

You will

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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: Lane]
      #5702558 - 02/26/13 09:52 PM

What would be an upgrade saddle to the Orion Pro AZ/EQ? Is the ADM DSAD-EQ6 Losmandy saddle ideal?

Thanks


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EFT
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5702729 - 02/26/13 11:48 PM

Quote:

What would be an upgrade saddle to the Orion Pro AZ/EQ? Is the ADM DSAD-EQ6 Losmandy saddle ideal?

Thanks




I'm not sure if anyone has provided any measurements on the AZ/EQ yet to know if the ADM saddle will fit on one or either end of the mount yet.


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: EFT]
      #5703018 - 02/27/13 08:02 AM

Good point. I also wonder if including encoders has impacted the ability to mod the Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G...

Clear Skies, Brian


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EFT
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5703085 - 02/27/13 09:02 AM

Quote:

Good point. I also wonder if including encoders has impacted the ability to mod the Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G...

Clear Skies, Brian




What mod would you be thinking about?


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: EFT]
      #5703930 - 02/27/13 05:49 PM

Hi Ed,

I'm a fan of the ADM dual saddles for instance...would they be doable? How about putting in Telescope Drive Master (TDM)?

Clear Skies,
Brian


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Lane
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5703987 - 02/27/13 06:19 PM

I can tell you for certain the ADM can make a saddle and drill custom holes to your specifications. I ordered a saddle from ADM a few years ago and sent them a detailed diagram with dimensions for the custom holes I wanted drilled and there was no extra charge either.

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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: BKBrown]
      #5704053 - 02/27/13 07:01 PM

Quote:

Hi Ed,

I'm a fan of the ADM dual saddles for instance...would they be doable? How about putting in Telescope Drive Master (TDM)?

Clear Skies,
Brian




I'm sure that ADM will come up with something. I don't know about the TDM but I would think that the connection would be similar to the Atlas since the same polar scope is in use.


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: EFT]
      #5704219 - 02/27/13 08:35 PM

Ed or Brian, I keep forgetting to ask... How much does the T-Rex mount weigh without the tripod?
Brian, which color did you opt for on the T-Rex? I can't decide which color to order for my new TEC 140.
Oh and BTW, Orion has the Pro AZ EQ-6 "In Stock."

George


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5704246 - 02/27/13 08:50 PM

Quote:

Ed or Brian, I keep forgetting to ask... How much does the T-Rex mount weigh without the tripod?
Brian, which color did you opt for on the T-Rex? I can't decide which color to order for my new TEC 140.
Oh and BTW, Orion has the Pro AZ EQ-6 "In Stock."

George




Hi George,

I don't recollect the weight off the top of my head, maybe Ed can help there. I went with the black T-Rex because I plan to put it on a black Losmandy HD tripod. Wow, funny how the Orion delivery date changed so quickly, I wonder what happened...

Clear Skies,
Brian


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5704309 - 02/27/13 09:28 PM

Quote:

Ed or Brian, I keep forgetting to ask... How much does the T-Rex mount weigh without the tripod?
Brian, which color did you opt for on the T-Rex? I can't decide which color to order for my new TEC 140.
Oh and BTW, Orion has the Pro AZ EQ-6 "In Stock."

George




The head is about 22 pounds.


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: EFT]
      #5704489 - 02/27/13 11:01 PM

Thank you Brian and Ed!

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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5709451 - 03/02/13 07:51 PM

Ok, I finished the bracket and tested it on the TRex, works perfect. I sent pictures and specifications to JMI. I told them I would send them the bracket and one sample of the replacement bolts if they want it. So now just waiting to hear back from them.

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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? new [Re: Lane]
      #5709555 - 03/02/13 08:58 PM

Quote:

Ok, I finished the bracket and tested it on the TRex, works perfect. I sent pictures and specifications to JMI. I told them I would send them the bracket and one sample of the replacement bolts if they want it. So now just waiting to hear back from them.




Pictures!


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? [Re: EFT]
      #5709584 - 03/02/13 09:16 PM

Count me in for my T-Rex.

/Ira


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Lane
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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? [Re: Ira]
      #5709794 - 03/03/13 12:32 AM

I will post some pictures in a few days when I get back to my computer. I just have my iPad with me right now.

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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? [Re: Lane]
      #5710542 - 03/03/13 12:25 PM

Quote:

Ok, I finished the bracket and tested it on the TRex, works perfect. I sent pictures and specifications to JMI. I told them I would send them the bracket and one sample of the replacement bolts if they want it. So now just waiting to hear back from them.




Sounds great Lane, I look forward to seeing the pix

Clear Skies,
Brian


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Re: T-Rex or Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G? [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5715548 - 03/05/13 10:48 PM

A little late maybe but I wanted to put in a word about Desert Sky Astro's DSV-3.

I've owned one for a few months and have used it extensively in many different configurations: TEC 140; C9.25; Edge 1100; TEC 140/C9.25 dual mount; C9.25/Tak TSA 102 dual mount. In each case, using the Quick Balance System that is standard with the mount, performance was ultra smooth from horizon to zenith.

You will need to read the instructions but you will have no problems assembling and balancing. I did a dry run during the day and this one rehearsal was all I needed. I can set it up at night with little effort.

Motions are effortless. I can push the mount in altitude or azimuth with one finger. If this freedom is too sensitive for you you can apply some friction with a simple turn of a clutch lever. At high magnifications I am able to keep the object in the FOV as if the mount knows where to go.

Changing eyepieces may require you to lock the alt axis but it works. You will need to be careful not to nudge the mount in azimuth while doing so. Of course, if you do nudge it you will only need to move the mount in azimuth to find the object again. Once you lock the alt axis and place the heavier/lighter eyepiece you move the counterweight on the QBS to a proper spot, unlock the alt axis and resume viewing. You will need an evening perhaps to get used to it but it's easy and becomes intuitive after a short session. I prefer this counter-weighted system to simply adjusting tension as I have done on other manual alt/az mounts. Yes, you need to learn it but you will learn it and in short time. The reward is an invisible mount capable of considerable capacity either in single or dual scope mode.

The Quick Balance system can be mounted to a top rail on the rings of one of the scopes while in dual mode. Operation is just as simple and performance is just as impeccable.

Hope this is not more than you needed to hear!

Steve


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