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ioflying
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Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ?
      #4751961 - 08/16/11 07:35 PM

If available in the USA that is....

After seeing this mount offered by Skywatcher but not available in the USA I wrote to Skywatcher.

Not the Celestron division (although I did mail them they have not replied)
but Skywatcher themselves.

Initially they responded as follows...
Quote:

Unfortunately, this product is not being considered for the North American market at the moment. If you would like to order one, you might have to order it online through Optical Limited Vision.




I thanked them & mentioned I would look online but I thought there could be a real demand in North America

They wrote back....
Quote:

We are sorry about the inconvenience, but it's an item that the Head Office is really not sure about.
If they would import this product to North America, how big of a demand you would think there will be?
It is a very complicated question for you to answer, but if you would to estimate. How much you think would be in demand?

Cheers,

Sky-Watcher Support




So I told them I would ask here on CN for them & see if there was much interest.

For those that have not seen it here it is....
SKYTEE-2

Please give your input & I will relay it to support.

Thanks


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jason_milani
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4752036 - 08/16/11 08:25 PM

I've seen that mount in a previous posting and it looks impressive and unique. It looks as though you can operate 2 scopes independently. I would be interested.

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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4752314 - 08/16/11 11:14 PM

Apparently, I was the first person to inquire about this mount, both to Skywatcher USA, and to Celestron, as directed by Skywatcher. Neither had any interest. In fact, Celestron never even acknowledged my message, nor responded to it...

So I bought an Orion Sky View AZ instead, even though I believe the SKYTEE 2 is a better mount, based on a lot of research, listening to what European (mostly UK) customers had to say about theirs... Too bad neither Skywatcher nor Celestron had any interest in bringing it here... I'd have bought it in a heartbeat then...

I *might* be interested, but, then, I also remember trying to convince them it was a good idea once before...

I've begun to like the Sky View AZ mount better every day... And Orion is behind that one, so I know I'll get good customer service if needed, even though I couldn't talk THEM into bringing the SKYTEE 2 into the US either...


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ioflying
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #4752375 - 08/16/11 11:51 PM

Thanks Jan

Yes yours was the first mention of it I had seen.

Also like you I have never heard back from Celestron....
No big surprise there


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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4752389 - 08/16/11 11:54 PM

Here's a little of the stuff I dug up when I was getting ready to buy the SKYTEE 2 from a UK dealer...

http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/127755-skywatcher-skytee-2-first-impression.html


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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #4752406 - 08/17/11 12:03 AM

Another...

http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-discussion/130785-skywatcher-skytee-2-a.html


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drshr
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #4752521 - 08/17/11 01:32 AM

Isn't it the same as the Orion AZ?

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ioflying
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: drshr]
      #4752530 - 08/17/11 01:52 AM

Quote:

Isn't it the same as the Orion AZ?




The Orions do not have slo-mo controls or a counterweight ability. Also the Orion is rated at 25lbs each side but the SkyTee is rated at 15kg/33lbs each side

Thanks for the links Jan


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AlienRatDog
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if availab new [Re: ioflying]
      #4752707 - 08/17/11 07:49 AM

I like the slow motion controls...when are they going to clone the TREX mount?

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Jim7728
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if availab new [Re: AlienRatDog]
      #4752734 - 08/17/11 08:35 AM

I really don't like the vixen saddle on top of the altitude arm, should be on the same plane for better balance and though it does has a cw, the whole setup looks like a pita to balance.

The SV MG2 looks like a better option, if a twin arm, slow motion control alt/az is desired.


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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if availab new [Re: Jim7728]
      #4753206 - 08/17/11 01:13 PM

Your concerns are valid, but only for folks who want to mount two scopes at the same time...

I have no plans to put two scopes on the mount, so balancing would be quite straightforward for me (though I have posted a photo or two of my new Sky View AZ mount with two refractors onboard simultaneously - that was a photo-op, and not the real world for me - most of the photos I've posted have had only one scope mounted).

With the counterweight bar in the horizontal position opposite the horizontal dovetail saddle (with appropriate weights, if any), and one scope in the horizontal dovetail saddle, it's perfect for scopes right up to the stated carrying capacity.

It's pretty hard to make anything that'll make everyone happy...


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Jan Owen
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4753431 - 08/17/11 03:27 PM Attachment (200 downloads)

The counterweight issue is easy to fix. See photo.

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Kingbreaker
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4754367 - 08/17/11 11:46 PM

I have an mg2 on order now. If this had been available, I absolutely would have considered it. There is a dearth of inexpensive alt az, slow-mo mounts that can carry a decent sized scope. The dual mounting feature is cool but not a priority for me.

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Chris Drage
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Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4755060 - 08/18/11 10:59 AM

I did and I love it! One proviso though....you do need to change those cheap and nasty little saddles it is provided with for something a bit stronger/heavier duty - especially if you are using heavy scope (i.e. >4kg. That done this mount has everything you could wish for except perhaps for a couple of flexible, slo-mo controls for use with BIG scopes. I use this mount with both an FLT110 and Lunt60/BF1200DS solar scope and it works a treat as it is. I particularly like the fact that the horizontal saddle plate is adjustable in two axes thus making ideal for honing in on another close target.

Edited by Chris Drage (08/18/11 11:02 AM)


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dscarpa
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #4755140 - 08/18/11 11:38 AM

Put me down as very interested. I have my overweight C9.25 on a Giro 3 which is stable with it but the mount doesn't have slomo. Action is smooth but the mass of the scope makes tracking not as easy as my WO EZTouch with a IM715. David

Edited by dscarpa (08/18/11 11:46 AM)


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ioflying
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: dscarpa]
      #4755712 - 08/18/11 05:15 PM

Thanks for all the replies so far.
I am sure Skywatcher will be interested to hear not just
the reasons why you would buy it if it were available.
But also any reasons why you would not.

I did get a response from Celestron yesterday
Quote:

Thanks for your inquiry.

Not at this time.

Please contact:
http://www.skywatcher.com/swtinc/index2.php





So I am glad I did in fact contact SkyWatcher directly to begin with.
Also interesting was skywatchers comment
"There are many products that we are interested in bringing them into North America."

Thanks


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Mkofski
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: jason_milani]
      #4781126 - 08/31/11 10:18 PM

I would buy one if I didn't already have one! There is a review of one on e Stargazerlonge.com site from 2005 that makes it look very good indeed. Sitl waiting for the used one I purchased to arrive, but for a higher end AltAz mount it looks great.

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Wilsonman
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Mkofski]
      #4782743 - 09/01/11 05:02 PM

What is the cost for this mount in American dollars?

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ioflying
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Wilsonman]
      #4782784 - 09/01/11 05:23 PM

Quote:

What is the cost for this mount in American dollars?




I have only seen prices in the UK
Looks to average GBP 230 pounds or $372 Head only

And GBP 312 pounds or $504 with Tripod & Head


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Wilsonman
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? [Re: ioflying]
      #4783066 - 09/01/11 08:01 PM

At $504, it might be a bit too pricey unless it proves to be a great mount. Would like to see it @ $400- that's just my opinion.

Edited by Wilsonman (09/01/11 08:03 PM)


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