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FishInPercolator
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Reged: 04/30/13

Loc: NYC
Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: coinboy1]
      #5857793 - 05/13/13 03:39 PM

Can it handle an EdgeHD 800 with some goodies attached?

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SunBlack
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Reged: 05/05/11

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: FishInPercolator]
      #5857867 - 05/13/13 04:20 PM

Paul, about pics u made for me, could u upload full res of the other ones (excluding the 240s u just uploaed time ago)? Thx again

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psandelle
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: SunBlack]
      #5857906 - 05/13/13 04:43 PM

For those thinking about this mount, I'll say again: every experience I've had with iOptron customer service (some just dumb email questions I had) has been first rate. They're a nice group, and though mistakes can be made (things come from China to the USA, then to me), they're always rectified quickly and easily.

Also, they seem to be forward-thinking. Their first GEM, the iEQ45 had some oddities in design, and they fixed them, improved upon them, and now the Z's are pushing mount design ahead a bit. They're also striving for lower-cost encoders in future mounts. I think all of that is a good thing.

Paul


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FishInPercolator
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: SunBlack]
      #5860303 - 05/14/13 04:16 PM

Why dovetail does this accept? 1.75"?

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Astronewb
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Reged: 09/19/11

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: FishInPercolator]
      #5861120 - 05/14/13 10:30 PM

Quote:

Why dovetail does this accept? 1.75"?




This mount comes equipped with a non marring, spring loaded, double locking knob Vixen saddle.

No indication yet of whether a Losmandy saddle will be available as a bolt on option. But it wouldn't be difficult for Tony at ADM to machine one up?

Cheers,

Paul


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Bluejay08
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5861191 - 05/14/13 11:06 PM

I think I saw a Vixen/Losmandy dual saddle with vixen dovetail bar for ZEQ25 in NEAF.

Jay


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FishInPercolator
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Bluejay08]
      #5861216 - 05/14/13 11:22 PM

So can I put an EdgeHD 800 w/CG5 dovetail onto it? Pardon my ignorance.

Also, how's the ZEQ25's period error?


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Bluejay08
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: FishInPercolator]
      #5861237 - 05/14/13 11:34 PM

Probably won't be worse than those of same price range mounts.

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SunBlack
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Reged: 05/05/11

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Bluejay08]
      #5866345 - 05/17/13 02:02 AM

2 simple questions: a. Pec training could be started and stored by Hc only or necessarly by a pc? B. Pec is lost when mount is powered off or is permanent?

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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: SunBlack]
      #5866406 - 05/17/13 03:47 AM

Quote:

2 simple questions: a. Pec training could be started and stored by Hc only or necessarly by a pc? B. Pec is lost when mount is powered off or is permanent?




PEC training is done (recorded) in the hand controller.

Unfortunately, it is lost when the mount is powered down.

On the brighter side, PEC correction really isn't needed on this mount. It tracks and guides so effortlessly, that guiding periodic error is less than 1.0 arc-second average, every time I use it.

I just finished a 900 second string of images on a dso, all round stars, in a 9mph wind.

That was at 1000mm f/l, guided with a 250mm guide scope.

Clear skies,

Paul


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SunBlack
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Reged: 05/05/11

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5866412 - 05/17/13 04:08 AM

as said above from me, i do not guided ap so pec would be a very useful tool. It is a pity it is not permanent.

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tjugo
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: SunBlack]
      #5867179 - 05/17/13 01:18 PM

Paul,

I see that the mount is back in stock... I might get one.

Does it work with ASCOM? If so how well it play with it? Any experience?

Cheers,

Jose


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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: tjugo]
      #5868168 - 05/17/13 09:24 PM

Quote:

Paul,

I see that the mount is back in stock... I might get one.

Does it work with ASCOM? If so how well it play with it? Any experience?

Cheers,

Jose




Hello Jose, yes the mount plays pretty well with Ascom. With the new April 2013 Ascom drivers, it works with just about any planetarium program.

It still does not work with Sky Safari, but that's in the works.

I don't use Ascom per se too often, but I did configure the Lodestar autoguider as 'Ascom' in PHD, and hooked up in serial port mode to the hand controller, the PHD manual control slew buttons work, so I know the commands go through.

I just don't have MaximDl or other program to run it in.

Hope the info helps,

Paul


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Paulimer
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5868293 - 05/17/13 10:17 PM

Oh I thought it works with Sky Safari. I can hold my horses for the moment then.

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tjugo
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Paulimer]
      #5870215 - 05/18/13 08:54 PM

I ordered one ZEQ25 today.

Looking forward to test it with my 60mm refractor!

Cheers,

Jose


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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: tjugo]
      #5870459 - 05/18/13 10:55 PM

Congratulations Jose, looking forward to your first light report and impressions.

Regards,

Paul


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FishInPercolator
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Reged: 04/30/13

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5870661 - 05/19/13 02:21 AM

Paul, can the ZEQ25 be easily converted to an alt-az when I'm just observing? I would switch to EQ for imaging...

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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: FishInPercolator]
      #5871035 - 05/19/13 10:09 AM

Quote:

Paul, can the ZEQ25 be easily converted to an alt-az when I'm just observing? I would switch to EQ for imaging...




No, not at all. The ZEQ25 is an Equatorial mount, period.

For dual usage, you would need to look at the iEQ45-AZ, which can do both: https://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=1fa654a1-214...

Or the Orion(or Skywatcher variant) AZ/EQ-G which can do both: http://www.telescope.com/Mounts-Tripods/New-Mounts-and-Tripods/Orion-Atlas-Pr...

Hope the info helps, clear skies,

Paul


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FishInPercolator
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5871090 - 05/19/13 10:35 AM

Thanks, I'm still going after the ZEQ25

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FishInPercolator
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: FishInPercolator]
      #5872389 - 05/19/13 08:21 PM

How long are its tripod legs? Trying to see if I can find a case/bag to put it in

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