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ybor
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Reged: 01/07/06

iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount
      #3862491 - 06/13/10 03:09 PM

I am looking at buying an iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount .

I read that Mini-Tower mounts had some problems .

Have the problems on Mini-Tower been corrected on the iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount ?

Are there any reported new problems with iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount ?

Thank You


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biz
Vendor


Reged: 11/08/09

Loc: New Zealand
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: ybor]
      #3863524 - 06/14/10 05:21 AM

what sort of problems are you referring to..i have both the minitower and minitower pro mounts and i dont have any problems.

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ybor
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Reged: 01/07/06

Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: biz]
      #3863640 - 06/14/10 08:26 AM

I was referring to the tracking & the bearings .

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DoctorNoodle
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Reged: 07/14/07

Loc: Lawn Guyland, NY
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: ybor]
      #3864004 - 06/14/10 11:56 AM

I have a MiniTower and haven't had any real problems. Any problems I did have were caused by my scope not being balanced and putting too much strain on the motors. Balancing the scope and re-aligning the mount fixes this.

If the mount has any true problems, they're minor quirks and have nothing to do with performance:

Noisy high-speed slewing
No accessory tray on the tripod
Loud beep by the keypad when an object is found that can't be turned off

Otherwise, I'm very happy with my MiniTower.


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biz
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Reged: 11/08/09

Loc: New Zealand
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: DoctorNoodle]
      #3866335 - 06/15/10 01:27 PM

doctornoodle..if you have a look at my photo folder (mimi-tower mods) on the minitower yahoo site you will see a tripod tray that i have put together.. its simple.
cheers.
Graham.


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DoctorNoodle
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Reged: 07/14/07

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Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: biz]
      #3866675 - 06/15/10 04:15 PM

I like that, Graham! Looks like it should be an easy project. Thanks!

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John Noble
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Reged: 05/07/08

Loc: Sandy Eggo, California
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: DoctorNoodle]
      #3867339 - 06/15/10 10:20 PM

Doctornoodle, let's all call iOptron and ask them to include a goto slew speed selection menu and a "turn the %$#%^ beep off, and I mean OFF" setting in the next firmware revision. My CubePro,which uses the same firmware AFAIK, would be nearly perfect for my uses with those two improvements.

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biz
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Reged: 11/08/09

Loc: New Zealand
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: DoctorNoodle]
      #3867565 - 06/16/10 12:57 AM

your welcome.........its real easy , only one hole to bore.
cheers.
Graham.


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biz
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Reged: 11/08/09

Loc: New Zealand
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: John Noble]
      #3867744 - 06/16/10 05:43 AM

John, i certainly agree on a menu selection for go-to speed.
cheers.
Graham.


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tsmith70
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Reged: 12/24/09

Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: John Noble]
      #3869186 - 06/16/10 07:27 PM

i'm able to turn the beep off on my hand controller. I have a mini tower. I can't recall exactly which screens , but one of them has a sound setting, just select off. and then it won't beep until you power it down and power it back up.
I agree, that beep is annoying.


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Hoppy
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Reged: 04/18/10

Loc: Illinois
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: ybor]
      #5483432 - 10/22/12 11:10 AM

My Skywatcher 120mm ED apo is a long enough OTA that it kept striking the tripod legs when operating from the park position - mount south, OTA pointing to zenith. Ioptron's solution is to "allow you" to purchase a pier which attaches to your mount essentially lifting the brains of the mount about another 10 inches, and of course, adding weight to the entire telescope. I have ordered this pier, and when I get a chance to put a couple of hours of use to it, I will post my opinion. That makes $1436.00 into this mount so far! Stay tuned. Jim Hopkins, Naperville Astronomical Association, Kankakee Area Stargazers, and the Michiana Astronomical Society.

14 inch Meade LX-200 enhanced
10 inch Meade Lx-200 ACF
120mm Skywatcher ED apo
7 Naglers and 3 Ethos Oh My...

Edited by Hoppy (10/22/12 11:15 AM)


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FishInPercolator
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Reged: 04/30/13

Loc: NYC
Re: iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount new [Re: Hoppy]
      #5891753 - 05/30/13 02:51 AM

Have these issues been resolved?

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