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rob288
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Reged: 05/13/08

Loc: South Canterbury, New Zealand
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5953610 - 07/03/13 06:29 PM

The two counter weights are perfect with one eyepiece in and basic setup, another 5 kg will be needed when guidescope and camera are included.

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shawnhar
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Reged: 06/25/10

Loc: Knoxville, TN
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rob288]
      #5953918 - 07/03/13 10:03 PM

Hmm.... EQ6 was released early 2001 and I could just now afford a used one...that means in 2025 I can upgrade to the EQ8!
Hey Astrojensen, you must have the same seeing as East Tennessee!


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Coastal
sage


Reged: 04/23/09

Loc: Vancouver island, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5954149 - 07/04/13 01:05 AM

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Must be getting blind in my old age...I can't find the price.






We won't know its U.S. $ price till it goes on sale here. That will depend somewhat on who the seller is. Given the overseas prices I've seen, I expect it will be in the 4K neighborhood. Less than the CGE Pro and Losmandy Titan, apparently, anyway.




I paid $3799 (Canadian) for mine--the MAP listed on the Canadian website. Expect close to the same, but likely $100-200 less.


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pubquiz
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Reged: 10/07/04

Loc: Lancashire England
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Coastal]
      #5954315 - 07/04/13 03:56 AM

Link to price in in the UK (when it gets here)

http://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/skywatcher-eq8-mount.html

Tom


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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rob288]
      #5954499 - 07/04/13 09:16 AM Attachment (72 downloads)

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The two counter weights are perfect with one eyepiece in and basic setup, another 5 kg will be needed when guidescope and camera are included.



Here's my 12" F4 with 4Kgs of cameras, correctors and OAGs.
Shot through the dome door so not a good pic.
But the 2 weights are enough for me.
One weight is too much for my tak 102 however as it hits the head plate and won't go higher, so I'll need to invent a 5kg weight to suit.


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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Tandum]
      #5955278 - 07/04/13 09:28 PM

Why have they painted the EQ8 mount black?

My telescope & mount are both white which helps
me to see it at night.
Otherwise you can bump into it or not see what it's doing.

Black is a silly color for a night instrument.


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: alpal]
      #5955290 - 07/04/13 09:41 PM

you can get red led strips to help outline tripods, piers, etc. they's saved my toes a few times.

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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5955323 - 07/04/13 10:21 PM

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you can get red led strips to help outline tripods, piers, etc. they's saved my toes a few times.




I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.


I suppose you could always use masking tape on the EQ8 & paint it all white with a spray can?
It would only cost $20 & maybe 3 hours work.


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austin.grant
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Reged: 10/18/10

Loc: Shreveport, LA
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: alpal]
      #5955357 - 07/04/13 10:49 PM

Or you could save $20 and just watch what you're doing... Perhaps that's the real reason for the dual encoders, people kept bumping into it! Seriously though, I think the black looks great.

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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: austin.grant]
      #5955480 - 07/05/13 01:17 AM

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Or you could save $20 and just watch what you're doing... Perhaps that's the real reason for the dual encoders, people kept bumping into it!
Seriously though, I think the black looks great.





But you can't see black at night.
You can only just see white.


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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: alpal]
      #5955685 - 07/05/13 08:14 AM

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I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.







White is nice enough, but in over 40 years of attending star parties I've never seen what you describe, so I'd say "not very common."


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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5955819 - 07/05/13 10:18 AM

Quote:

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I've seen people trip over a black telescope & not only
fall on the ground but bring the whole lot down with them.







White is nice enough, but in over 40 years of attending star parties I've never seen what you describe, so I'd say "not very common."




It has happened.
One incident I heard of caused a $10,000 refractor to have it's objective lens cracked.


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corpusse
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 04/11/10

Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: alpal]
      #5955845 - 07/05/13 10:36 AM

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com/accessDetails.cfm?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.


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Coastal
sage


Reged: 04/23/09

Loc: Vancouver island, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: corpusse]
      #5955998 - 07/05/13 12:06 PM

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Quote:

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com/accessDetails.cfm?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.




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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: alpal]
      #5956108 - 07/05/13 01:34 PM

It may have. I just haven't seen it at a star party, nor have I head tell of many instances of it (none other than your report), so my conclusion is that black telescope mounts are not a crisis.

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pubquiz
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 10/07/04

Loc: Lancashire England
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rmollise]
      #5956275 - 07/05/13 03:47 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

A solution to the terrible black problem

Must get some for my Losmandy G11, C100ED, Carbon Fibre Altair 8" RC and C8

Tom


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telfish
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Reged: 11/17/10

Loc: Adirondack Mountains NY
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Coastal]
      #5956813 - 07/05/13 10:23 PM

Quote:

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Quote:

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com/accessDetails.cfm?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.







The advert says it comes with a GPS! Didn't think it came with a GPS as standard!


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Coastal
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Reged: 04/23/09

Loc: Vancouver island, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: telfish]
      #5956950 - 07/05/13 11:55 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Vancouver Telescope had them in stock a few weeks ago for $3799. I don't mind waiting for mine.

Quote:

Apparently Khan Scope in Toronto has them in stock

http://khanscope.com/accessDetails.cfm?productID=4761

Note they've also jacked up the price since they may be the first in Canada to have them available.







The advert says it comes with a GPS! Didn't think it came with a GPS as standard!




I wouldn't pay another $400 for a GPS unit...


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: pubquiz]
      #5957169 - 07/06/13 07:50 AM

[image][/image] I managed to jump up a spot on the waiting list and finally got delivery of my eq8 today! Very impressed with this mount with the few minutes of playing around tonight. Handles my equipment without a problem. Now looking at the forecast, rain and clouds as far as the eye can see . Go figure. Here's a picture of my setup thus far. I'll post some more once the weather passes. ]EQ8-Initial



Edited by lafo0100 (07/06/13 07:52 AM)


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Sunspot
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Reged: 03/15/05

Loc: Surprise, AZ
Re: EQ 8 Release *DELETED* new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5957223 - 07/06/13 09:10 AM

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