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tom63
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Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch
      #6206006 - 11/20/13 04:12 PM

... just wondering if anybody of you knows something about the new free turn q mount - looks really well made and has an very reasonable price. 395$ for the mount only and about 800$ complete with encoders, handle and dovetail plate.

for me it sounds/looks really good - who knows a bit about this company and their products?

kind regards
tom


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riverlaw
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6207054 - 11/21/13 08:04 AM

Hi Tom,

The mount is new and there is not much info on it. I recommend reading some of the reviews of the nova hitch. The new FTQ mount is sure to be of the same level of quality.

I had my nova for a bit and the quality is amazing. I sent it back for upgrades and for the tracking to be installed. I can't wait to get it back.


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tom63
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: riverlaw]
      #6207137 - 11/21/13 08:56 AM

hello riverlaw,

followed your advice - read some about the nova hitch - and then made an order. hopefully i will find it under the christmas tree

charles mentioned that my pentax 105sdp is a little on the upper edge - but i think for my fsq85, ipad mini with skysafari and nexus box it will be the perfect match.

tripods i have are baader hardwood, berlebach uni 22 and manfrotto 055xprob - what tripod are you using with your bigger nova hitch and what telescope mounted?

regards from germany
tom


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6207177 - 11/21/13 09:24 AM

Don't worry. All the Hitch mounts are overbuilt and if Charles said upper edge, you will still be fine. As for having it by Christmas, it may take a little more time I would think...it is brand new, but your patience will be rewarded!

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: t.r.]
      #6207192 - 11/21/13 09:36 AM

thanx tim,

i was aware that this probably is wishful thinking

but if the mount is the same quality made like the bigger ones - i think this is a great value for the money and i'm so happy that it is MADE in usa and not just designed anywhere in the us or europe and then made in china - like too much things today - for my taste!


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6207952 - 11/21/13 04:59 PM

Hi Tom,

Just put my order in for one as well for use with my 106 F6.5. While we are at the upper limits of the FTQ, I am confident this new mount will handle our sized scopes with ease and much...much better than my Porta II.

My only concern is not having slo mo controls for viewing at high powers but I think smoothness and precise movement may eliminate the need. so I hope.

Lets compare notes after our deliveries


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tom63
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: davebuechler]
      #6208022 - 11/21/13 05:32 PM

hello dave,

perfect - now we both know - what lays side by side this moment in a cnc-shop hopefully garnishes a christmas tree in the usa and over here in germany

with my pentax105 i don't know whether it will work - tube only is 14 lbs - rings and plate 4 lbs - bino with tv delos 4 lbs => total 22 lbs. will see - but i plan to use the fsq85 with bino/pan 24 primarily - so total is just 14 lbs.

i never liked these slow-motion knobs on other mounts - don't think we will miss them once.

good idea - yes - we keep contact when they arrive and post a first-light picture ...

kind regards from munich
tom


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6208087 - 11/21/13 06:01 PM

Merry Christmas!!! Or at least it's starting to feel like it now that the spending has started

You have a few more pounds with the bino set up than I have with mine. Still I think we are OK but the telling test will come after we get them. I am just under 20 lbs. AT106 w FT3035 focuser, rings, 2" diagonal and my 35 pan. I am sure the FSQ85 will be a perfect fit and the mount will hardly know it's there!

Happy waiting!


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riverlaw
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: davebuechler]
      #6208951 - 11/22/13 09:09 AM

Its funny you should mention the tripod Tom. I am trying to pick one right now. I was going to get the new one Charles (Hitch Mounts) is going to be offering, but I decided to go ahead and get the tracking. So now I am going to get a lower cost tripod. I am thinking about UNI tripod or possible the discount tripod. When I tested the nova hitch out I hacked it onto a CG-4 tripod and it had limited range, but enough for me to get a feel for the mount. I am going to being using this set up with a TSA102S for a while and then upgrade to a larger scope. I have my eye on the TEC 140. When I get a new scope I'll pick up a better tripod as well.

I would love to get the FSQ85 or FC76 down the road as a travel scope. I am sure you will enjoy the FSQ85 on the new mount.


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: riverlaw]
      #6209111 - 11/22/13 10:28 AM

hello riverlaw,
yes 'tripodmania' ... the two i'm thinking about the last days are these:
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=245&sprache=english
http://www.manfrotto.com/super-professional-tripod-mk2
hmmmmm ...


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6230731 - 12/03/13 03:10 AM

May want to consider the Manfrotto 545B. 55 lb capacity and weighs 7.7 lbs. You also need a 100mm half ball. The 100 mm half ball has a 3/8 screw which will (should) fit in the FTQ.

I have a 545b. I have the scopes and tripod, now I just need something in between them.


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: mattz]
      #6230749 - 12/03/13 03:49 AM

matt,

thanks for suggestion - i have a berlebach tripod with halfball - but i will sell because the video tripods are too wide at the head and don't have extendable middle column. this way it's easier to get zentit-view ...


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6230760 - 12/03/13 04:27 AM

Very true. I'm going for light weight and will give up something in order to get stability even at the light weight. Zenith is something I'm willing to give up.

It's all tradeoffs. Makes it kind of fun.


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: mattz]
      #6230771 - 12/03/13 04:45 AM Attachment (84 downloads)

yep - but it's not only about zenit - it's also easier to adjust the hight from floor to ocular - where your eye is placed. this is the point for me ...

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6230823 - 12/03/13 06:22 AM

Nice setup, Tom. What is the video head you are using?

Sweet! Looks stable.


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: mattz]
      #6230864 - 12/03/13 07:23 AM

that's a manfrotto 504hd with adapter 325n on 161 mk2 ... i replace head/adapter with a discmount dm4 next week.

... isn't it 03:00 in the morning over there in california


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6230991 - 12/03/13 09:17 AM

What is the bag hanging below the tripod spreader? Do you have a part number?

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: SchrödingersCat]
      #6231018 - 12/03/13 09:34 AM

manfrotto #166
http://www.manfrotto.com/utility-apron-manfrotto-version
http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-166-Utility-Apron-Replaces/dp/B001M4HUG0/ref=...


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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: tom63]
      #6235690 - 12/05/13 04:00 PM

I ordered a Free Turn Q today also. Charles thought mine would get to me before the end of the year.

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: dkbender]
      #6236420 - 12/05/13 11:32 PM

Quote:

I ordered a Free Turn Q today also. Charles thought mine would get to me before the end of the year.




what do you plan to mount on FTQ? mine will be delivered by mid December


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