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dkbender
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: bdg]
      #6236773 - 12/06/13 08:07 AM

bdg,

On an Induro 8M AT413 tripod and using my SVP 100ED f/9.

Charles told me yesterday, that the machining is almost complete on the first batch, then 3 - 5 days turnaround to the anodizer. He had 23 orders at this point yesterday, he said they go together fairly quickly but there is still significant assembly time. Depending on where you are in the list and how far away you are from Austin TX, I would think the very first ones will arrive in customers hands around the 20th. If you're further down the list like I am, he told me before the end of the year.


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bdg
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Reged: 10/31/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: dkbender]
      #6236873 - 12/06/13 09:09 AM

Quote:

bdg,

On an Induro 8M AT413 tripod and using my SVP 100ED f/9.

Charles told me yesterday, that the machining is almost complete on the first batch, then 3 - 5 days turnaround to the anodizer. He had 23 orders at this point yesterday, he said they go together fairly quickly but there is still significant assembly time. Depending on where you are in the list and how far away you are from Austin TX, I would think the very first ones will arrive in customers hands around the 20th. If you're further down the list like I am, he told me before the end of the year.




Cool thats a lot of details you have managed to gather :-) my order was probably among the first few. There have been some positive design updates like adding weight to balance EP's. I will be mounting ES 102 on this mount on a Oberwerk Tripod, it will be the ultimate grab and go !!!


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crixt
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Reged: 02/24/11

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: bdg]
      #6243383 - 12/09/13 07:08 PM

I ordered a Free-Turn Q, along with an Oberwerk tripod and an ES102CF Apo. I plan to write up a review on the whole kit once I get the mount. The scope and tripod came already. This is killing me, lol. Also got the tracking. I wanted something I could take outside fully set up, or take to the beach to see the western horizon.

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crixt
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Reged: 02/24/11

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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: crixt]
      #6285665 - 01/01/14 02:39 PM

Did you guys opt for the FTQ1 now or wait for the FTQ2? I decided to wait.

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davebuechler
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Reged: 08/21/11

Loc: Red River Gorge Kentucky
Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: crixt]
      #6286670 - 01/01/14 11:25 PM

i am going to wait for the FTQ2 as well. Better suited for my application, I think.

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Cheats
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Reged: 03/17/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: davebuechler]
      #6294566 - 01/05/14 06:42 PM

I'm going with the FTQ1. I won't be using anything larger than my C6 and 90mm refractor. Just need to decide which tripod to order.....

Chris


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HurricaneWhisper
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Reged: 07/28/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Cheats]
      #6296848 - 01/06/14 08:25 PM

Does anyone know what's the difference between the FTQ1 and 2? When are the 2's suppossed to ship?

Thanks.


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Fred1
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: HurricaneWhisper]
      #6297293 - 01/07/14 12:58 AM

There's an explanaiotn on the Yahoo Group from Charles Riddel, the manufacture. The FTQ2 is only a "very slight tweaking of the FTQ1." The FTQ1 is designed to support 80mm, 90mm, some of the shorter 4" refractors and the C-6. The FTQ2 is designed for similar scopes but with heavier payloads like binoviewers and triplets. There is much more information in Mr. Riddel's various posts on the Yahoo Group outlining his personal use and recommendations of the FTQ1 and anticipated shipping. I think it's best that I leave all to read it for themselves. I changed my order to the FTQ2 as I have a triplet and binoviewers that I plan to use on the mount sometimes, as well as a long 4" refractor with heavy 2" eyepieces.

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Boki
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Fred1]
      #6310018 - 01/13/14 11:06 AM

I have ordered the FTQ1 today for my 80mm ED doublet. Can't wait to test it. I am planning to use it on Sirui M3204 carbon fiber tripod. I think this is going to be a super light and precision system.

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SJTill
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Boki]
      #6348287 - 01/31/14 11:41 PM

Mine has been shipped.
Any reviews or comments from those who have received theirs?


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Jdillon
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Reged: 08/17/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: SJTill]
      #6349068 - 02/01/14 12:30 PM

I just received my FTQ. It took a while to unpack, it was rigorously bubble wrapped. What a nice piece of machinery! Clean, crisp, sturdy and smooth. It is a much more refined piece of gear than youíd expect for $279. (+ $25 handle). [Note: the introductory price is being raised in the next production run]. I mounted my TV85 with binoviewer for a test drive last night even though Charles said he wanted to promote this as a grab-and-go mount only, NOT for binoviewers. But I didnít see any problem with the extra off-axis weight. So I grabbed it and went. Looked for the SN in M82. Found it!

Like its bigger brother the Nova Hitch (which I have on order and anxiously await) the FTQ offers 2 axis balancing. Fore&aft balance is simple by sliding the dovetail plate in the saddle or the OTA in its clamshell. But balancing up/down involves removing the scope and loosening 4 bolts to raise or lower the saddle. You need to remount the scope to check balance. If you use other scopes and need to readjust the saddle there is an engraved scale that allows you to note and reset any position changes. But I donít think there will be much need for resetting the saddle position for most small scopes. The default setting worked surprisingly well for my TV85 even with the binoviewer but I lowered the saddle position anyhow to compensate for the off center weight distribution. Total weight must be near 11 lbs and damping took 1-2 secs. But I can live with that and it damps much quicker without the BV. I look forward to mounting my 13 lb Kowa Highlander binocs when the Binobracket is available and see how they ride in the saddle.

Rotation smoothness on the 2 axes is adjusted by the black long-handled clamps that vary brake pressure on the shafts. Fully closed they kept the scope in place while I changed eyepieces, even if I took off the binoviewer with EPs! Iíve never been able to do that with any other light weight mount Iíve used. I could do that with the DM4 I had, and damping time was lower, but It was 3x as expensive, nearly 2x as heavy and didnít move any smoother. Not an apt comparison.

Seeing the FTQ makes waiting for my big Nova Hitch (with slo-motion and tracking) that much harder. Till it arrives, Iím very pleased with itís little brother, FTQ.


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Boki
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6349343 - 02/01/14 02:45 PM

Congratulations for your new mount. I hope it will perform well for your refracor. Just a short question:
What type of dovetail plate do you have (Hitch or Vixen)? I intend to use Vixen on mine, but I am worried it may slip if the clamp is too loose or just not very tight when adjusting for balance. What do you think? Do i have to be extra carefull about that? Thanks, CS Boki


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Jdillon
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Boki]
      #6349426 - 02/01/14 03:36 PM

My FTQ came with a Hitch dovetail. I doubt a Vixen plate would slip but haven't tried it.

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davebuechler
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6350060 - 02/01/14 09:22 PM

Nice report Jdillon, thanks

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bdg
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Reged: 10/31/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6352039 - 02/02/14 08:34 PM

Quote:

My FTQ came with a Hitch dovetail. I doubt a Vixen plate would slip but haven't tried it.




did you order the hitch dovetail separately?


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Jdillon
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: bdg]
      #6352148 - 02/02/14 10:07 PM

Yes, I ordered the dovetail as an extra. Here's a photo of the TV85 & BV mounted on the FTQ with Nova dovetail.

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Jdillon
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Reged: 08/17/13

Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6352154 - 02/02/14 10:10 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Oops! here's the photo:

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bdg
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6352155 - 02/02/14 10:10 PM

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Yes, I ordered the dovetail as an extra. Here's a photo of the TV85 & BV mounted on the FTQ with Nova dovetail.




where is the photo?


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davebuechler
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: bdg]
      #6352165 - 02/02/14 10:14 PM

Nice pic Jdillon! I bet it is nicer looking through it than at it!

What mount is it on and how much clearance do you get? Have you tried some high magnifications yet and if so how is damping time?


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bdg
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Re: Half Hitch - Free Turn Q / Nova Hitch new [Re: Jdillon]
      #6352170 - 02/02/14 10:16 PM

Quote:

Oops! here's the photo:




did the dovetail come with that clamp which holds the scope.


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