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johnpd
sage


Reged: 04/13/08

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5569502 - 12/13/12 04:01 PM

Thanks for the info Jack. I confirmed my order and my mount should be on the way shortly.

JohnD


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ghataa
professor emeritus


Reged: 06/20/11

Loc: Central, NJ
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: johnpd]
      #5569549 - 12/13/12 04:33 PM

Thanks for the all the info gents. I was close to asking Santa for an Atlas but was concerned it would struggle with a C11. Sounds like this may be able to handle a C11 for AP. I will be following this thread closely!!

Best,

George


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: ghataa]
      #5569850 - 12/13/12 08:04 PM

I have a C9.25 on my AZ-EQ6 and the 11" OTA weighs only 7# more. A geltleman in Austria is using a 38# 10" f/5 on his AZ-EQ6 with great results in astrophotography. Your 11" should work great on this mount.

Jack Huerkamp


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5569871 - 12/13/12 08:15 PM

Here is a short YouTuber video showing the AZ-EQ6 in ALt-Az mode:

http://youtu.be/Abx33G8vLnI

Jack Huerkamp


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5569873 - 12/13/12 08:16 PM

Here is a shorter one showing how quiet the mount is while slewing:

http://youtu.be/Shp1I24dBHo

Jack Huerkamp


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astroRoy
professor emeritus


Reged: 07/09/11

Loc: Southern Oregon
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5570010 - 12/13/12 09:44 PM

I read this thread pretty thoroughly, but didn't see any reference to EQMOD. Will EQMOD work on this mount?

Thanks in advance,

Roy

Edited by astroRoy (12/13/12 09:46 PM)


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astroRoy
professor emeritus


Reged: 07/09/11

Loc: Southern Oregon
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5570166 - 12/13/12 11:53 PM

I see my question was answered in another thread and the answer is yes.

Thanks all,

Roy


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mega256
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: N of Tampa
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5570175 - 12/14/12 12:04 AM

Very
COOL

Edited by mega256 (12/14/12 07:10 AM)


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johnpd
sage


Reged: 04/13/08

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5570281 - 12/14/12 03:13 AM

I will be interested in finding out how well aligned in Az two scopes in Alt-Az mode will be. There is no adjustment capability included. According to the Instruction Manual, the user has to find a "proper way" to eliminate the azimuth deviation.

JohnD


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mega256
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: N of Tampa
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: johnpd]
      #5570388 - 12/14/12 07:10 AM

Looks great Jack,but the poor LX80 is starting to get dust
on it in the backround....lol.....
Are u Happy ?...much more money,,,but ur getting ur money's
worth.....This one wont be getting dusty,,,imho
Cant beat that EQ-6 sound...and will be looking forward to
a new thread "" the eq in use..""... to see(I like my iEQ45 but sounds like a washing machine..but works great lol
It will be interesting to see
how the push to go keeps up with the goto,,keep ur comming..


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ghataa
professor emeritus


Reged: 06/20/11

Loc: Central, NJ
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: mega256]
      #5570441 - 12/14/12 08:14 AM

Thanks Jack! It is really quite quiet!!

George


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desanctb
member


Reged: 09/27/06

Loc: Calgary,Canada
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: ghataa]
      #5570577 - 12/14/12 10:13 AM

I just received my azeq6 and can confirm it works with Eqmod. No special cable is needed, just the supplied cable and a USB to serial adapter.

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rmollise
Postmaster
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: desanctb]
      #5570631 - 12/14/12 10:46 AM

The standard Atlas works exactly the same way; it's only when you want to take the HC out of the loop that you need the little EQDIR level coverter module.

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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5571126 - 12/14/12 04:43 PM

Wow, 2 days offline and so many posts. Congratulations, Jack, to your purchase, I think you will love the mount. Please keep us updated about the goto performance, this is the only thing which I can't get working as I want at the moment. I was out at my observing site 2 days ago, but it had -15C, too cold for testing goto. Also my primary was pinched in its cell because I hit it accidentially with my car door, but realised this only after the photographic session.

CS
Martin


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5571420 - 12/14/12 07:42 PM

Marti,

Have you updated to V3.32 of the firmware - just released yesterday? I was unaware there were GoTo issues witht the mount. I have been testing it indoors with my iPAD controlling the mount and each GoTo placed the scope on the target. I don't know if real stars act differently than fake stars. Hopefully I will get a chance to try it out under real ones this weekend; but right now the clouds have rolled in.

Jack H


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johnpd
sage


Reged: 04/13/08

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5571458 - 12/14/12 08:04 PM

Quote:

I was unaware there were GoTo issues witht the mount.




There was a dealer in Australia who did some preliminary testing of the mount and noted that fact. He posted a couple of days ago that Synta came through with a correcting firmware update. Here is the site: Astronomy Australia AZ-EQ6


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martl
sage


Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Innsbruck/Austria
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5572745 - 12/15/12 03:15 PM

Probably the issues are more with the user than with the mount . The manual states that for optimum goto acurracy, you should deactivate the additional encoders (?)

CS
Martin


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Mike X.
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: martl]
      #5572848 - 12/15/12 04:43 PM

It may have sense.To me seems that at least in EQ mode the mount uses the exact same Synscan mechanism for GOTO which is nothing more than the microstep system of NEQ6.The encoders are of no use in that case for goto...but i might be wrong.

PS: If you guys make more DSO photos please keep us posted as we are extremelly interested on the guiding accuracy of this mount.I expect it to be no less than the NEQ6/Atlas though.


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10gauge
sage


Reged: 10/31/10

Loc: Boston
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Mike X.]
      #5578002 - 12/18/12 10:02 PM

I am interested in purchasing an AZ EQ-6. I already own an IPad3.
1. What GPS is recommended?
2. What is role of the GPS besides entering coordinates for alignment? Can the accurate coordinates obtained in SkyEye App on my phone be used to substitute for the alignment role of the GPS?
3. What is required to search for sky objects?
4. Can the mount find objects without external software using only hand module?
5. Is the alt-az mode smooth and stable as a DM-6, T-Rex, or a UA Deluxe with a 5-6" refractor?
6. Any comparison with a G11 in terms of PE?

Thanks


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EFT
Vendor - Deep Space Products
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Reged: 05/07/07

Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5578037 - 12/18/12 10:29 PM

Quote:

I am interested in purchasing an AZ EQ-6. I already own an IPad3.
1. What GPS is recommended?
2. What is role of the GPS besides entering coordinates for alignment? Can the accurate coordinates obtained in SkyEye App on my phone be used to substitute for the alignment role of the GPS?
3. What is required to search for sky objects?
4. Can the mount find objects without external software using only hand module?
5. Is the alt-az mode smooth and stable as a DM-6, T-Rex, or a UA Deluxe with a 5-6" refractor?
6. Any comparison with a G11 in terms of PE?

Thanks




1. GPS is not needed but there is one specifically for the mount if you want it.
2. GPS does nothing more than tell the mount were it is an when it is. This information is easily obtained from your smart phone and entered in the hand controller.
3. The hand controller and some idea of what it is you want to see, but there are frequently tour features available in hand controllers as well that will show you some the the night's best viewed objects. Most hand controllers, and I think that includes the Synscan, keep you from slewing to objects that are below the horizon.
4. Absolutely.
5. Since these mounts just came out, there is insufficient information to make a judgement about their performance compared to the mounts you list. However, the AZ EQ6 is a very different type of mount and will function differently than those mounts (all of which are manual, non-motorized, non-tracking mounts) in general.
6. Again, the mount is too new to have any good comparison information, but in general I would expect it to be most similar in performance to the EQ6/CGEM mounts which are generally a little lower rated than the G11.


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