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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Atlas EQ-G just arrived!
      #6373078 - 02/12/14 08:25 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

My first nice computerized GEM arrived today! Delivery dates were originally stated between Feb. 18th and Feb. 24th, however it came early today. I've used other telescopes, on both Alt/Az and manual GEM mounts, but I've never had a tracking equatorial mount before.

I've just unboxed everything. Not too many pieces. The tripod looks amazingly sturdy, the outer tubes are quite thick. The equatorial head itself looks pretty nice. It's quite solid, seems pretty well built for the price, when loosening the Dec. and RA axis locks, everything seems smooth. I'm quite pleased that Orion is putting a dual saddle on this mount by default now, that saved me another $170 that would have been spent on an ADM! The whole setup is pretty heavy, almost ninety pounds it seems.

There is one issue, however. One of the counterweights plastic knobs that let you tighten and loosen it on the shaft arrived shattered. Little miffed about that, I'll have to figure out how to get that replaced quickly. Other than that, after I finish up this post, I'm going to power it on for the first time and have some good ol' play time with my new toy!


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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373079 - 02/12/14 08:25 PM Attachment (48 downloads)

All parts from both boxes:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373080 - 02/12/14 08:26 PM Attachment (60 downloads)

Equatorial head:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373083 - 02/12/14 08:26 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

Accessories:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373084 - 02/12/14 08:26 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Weights:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373086 - 02/12/14 08:27 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

Weight with shattered tightening knob:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373088 - 02/12/14 08:27 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Tripod:

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Chuckwagon
member


Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Orem, Utah, USA
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373110 - 02/12/14 08:45 PM

Congrats! That's awesome! Always fun to get new toys.

Bummer about the knob. I'd bet Orion would just send out a replacement. It should be an easy fix. Hopefully.

Clear skies,
Charles


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sewhite
member


Reged: 05/29/12

Loc: 57 laps around a star
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Chuckwagon]
      #6373170 - 02/12/14 09:14 PM

And now 2 or more weeks of clouds will descend on Colorado.
Or maybe lady luck will just smile on you.
Enjoy your new mount.

Stan


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Ricky
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 09/09/03

Loc: Nor Cal
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: sewhite]
      #6373178 - 02/12/14 09:17 PM

Congrats! Don't forget to get EQMOD...great piece of "free" software.

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: sewhite]
      #6373187 - 02/12/14 09:21 PM

Quote:

And now 2 or more weeks of clouds will descend on Colorado.
Or maybe lady luck will just smile on you.
Enjoy your new mount.

Stan




LOL! This is about as true as true gets. The clouds actually started rolling in yesterday, and today everything was a gray haze. According to the forecast, the earliest I MIGHT be able to point this stuff at the sky is Feb. 20th. :\

I guess that will give me plenty of time to get familiar with using it, figure out how to get it connected to a computer, learn how to control it with some planetarium software, learn BYEOS, etc.

LOL, clouds until the 20th. Bah!


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Bluejay08
member


Reged: 09/29/09

Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Ricky]
      #6373190 - 02/12/14 09:22 PM

And clouds are part of the new mount package.

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Ricky]
      #6373192 - 02/12/14 09:22 PM

Quote:

Congrats! Don't forget to get EQMOD...great piece of "free" software.




Aye! I fully intend to. Once I researched EQMod, and learned about some of the tools, that was one of the things that toppled me over from CGEM to Atlas. The dual saddle was the other thing...I don't know why a dual saddle isn't just standard fanfare these days...seems only logical.


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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! new [Re: Chuckwagon]
      #6373208 - 02/12/14 09:29 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Quote:

Congrats! That's awesome! Always fun to get new toys.

Bummer about the knob. I'd bet Orion would just send out a replacement. It should be an easy fix. Hopefully.

Clear skies,
Charles




Thanks! I hope they can just send out the knob and tightening shaft, rather than a whole weight. Not like I need it right away, I have clouds for another nine days at least, and it'll probably be mid March before the night sky actually clears up enough to do anything.

Here is everything, mount, ADM side-by-side, Orion Mini+SSAG all assembled:


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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373210 - 02/12/14 09:30 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Closeup:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: Bluejay08]
      #6373214 - 02/12/14 09:31 PM

Quote:

And clouds are part of the new mount package.




Dreary ones, too. The last two days have had the most dull sky you can imagine, day and night.


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dragonslayer1
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 02/25/12

Loc: SLC, UT
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373314 - 02/12/14 10:25 PM

Nice looking set up Jon, Hey can you get a good pic of the side by side saddle set-up... My CGEM has the same option and I wanted to see what it looks like, Thank you, Kasey
PS thats a nice looking OTA, you camo it yourself?


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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: dragonslayer1]
      #6373396 - 02/12/14 11:01 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Hi Kasey,

Here are some shots of the ADM D-type Side-by-Side saddle. I am actually having some problems with the Orion Mini guidescope. The attachment plate tightens at a 90° angle to where it should tighten. When it's fully tightened, the scope points directly at the side of the scope, instead of parallel along the same vector. Not really sure what to do about it. The difference in threading is like 1/64th of an inch if that.


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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373398 - 02/12/14 11:01 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Saddle 2:

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Jon Rista
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/10/14

Loc: Colorado
Re: Atlas EQ-G just arrived! [Re: Jon Rista]
      #6373399 - 02/12/14 11:01 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Saddle 3:

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