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Lee Jay
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Reged: 02/27/08

Loc: Westminster, CO
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: desanctb]
      #5592517 - 12/28/12 11:29 AM

Quote:

I have put my C11hd on it with no issues. Seems to handle the weight, (36lbs) with no strain on the motors. I did however have to use an extra weight to properly balance the OTA.
Burt




An extra 11 pound weight? I haven't found any for this mount specifically. Did you have something lying around that worked okay? Did you try it outside? How's the damping?


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desanctb
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Reged: 09/27/06

Loc: Calgary,Canada
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Lee Jay]
      #5592543 - 12/28/12 11:48 AM

I have not found an extra weight but was able to use the adapter for the dual scope setup on the end of the counterweight shaft as an extra weight. I have not yet had the chance to use the scope outside so cannot comment on damping.
Burt


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Lee Jay
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Reged: 02/27/08

Loc: Westminster, CO
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: desanctb]
      #5592753 - 12/28/12 02:08 PM

Quote:

I have not found an extra weight but was able to use the adapter for the dual scope setup on the end of the counterweight shaft as an extra weight.




Clever! And that was sufficient, which is a terrific little trick.


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: desanctb]
      #5592871 - 12/28/12 03:31 PM

I just ordered an extra 11# weight from Orion. I know its black and the AZ-EQ6 is white. But my C11 is black as is my c9.25. So I will have counterweights of alternating color - white,black,white.

BTW, Orion is having an accessory sale. I ordered a StarShoot Autoguider for $42 off list and the couterweight was $4 off - both with free shipping.

Jack


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Lee Jay
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Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5592899 - 12/28/12 03:55 PM

Quote:

I just ordered an extra 11# weight from Orion.




Be careful. The EQ6 is listed as having an 18mm counterweight shaft and the AZ version is listed as having a 25mm counterweight shaft. I'm not sure the specs are right, but if they are, I wouldn't expect the weights to be compatible.


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Lee Jay]
      #5593019 - 12/28/12 05:45 PM

OOPS!

I just checked the shaft on my AZ-EQ6 and it is 25mm. If the weight I ordered is 18mm, I will have to bore it out at my neighbor's shop to fit the 25mm shaft.

Jack


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Shiggy
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Reged: 11/23/10

Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5593760 - 12/29/12 03:16 AM

The EQ6 counterweights sometimes have a metal collar inside the hole to make them fit the smaller diameter shaft. I bought one and removed the collar by banging it out so I could use the counterweight on a vixen mount that took a wider shaft.
You may be able to do the same with the new AZ EQ6 to use old EQ6 counterweights (for weights with the collar rather than actual smaller diameter shaft hole).

Shaun


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desanctb
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Reged: 09/27/06

Loc: Calgary,Canada
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Shiggy]
      #5595448 - 12/30/12 01:23 AM

Will anyone that tries Shaun's solution with the old eq6 weights let us know if it indeed works on the 25mm azeq6 shaft? I'm sure there's several of us that could use extra weights. Thanks!
Burt


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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: desanctb]
      #5595922 - 12/30/12 11:15 AM

Quote:

Will anyone that tries Shaun's solution with the old eq6 weights let us know if it indeed works on the 25mm azeq6 shaft? I'm sure there's several of us that could use extra weights. Thanks!
Burt




Removing the insert makes the diameter larger, but not large enough. It's easy enough to get weights from Losmandy with this size hole, though.


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Mike X.
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Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5596127 - 12/30/12 12:59 PM

It works for the celestron cg5 and and for the cgem ( i use SW weights for my cg5 and i removed the ring) but i'm afraid that the Gain in diameter is no more than 2-3mm just as uncle Rod said.

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HowardK
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Reged: 10/20/10

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Mike X.]
      #5610546 - 01/07/13 04:37 PM

In which country are these mounts produced?

Is Sky Watcher a UK based company?


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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: HowardK]
      #5610625 - 01/07/13 05:47 PM

Quote:

In which country are these mounts produced?

Is Sky Watcher a UK based company?




"SkyWatcher" and "Celestron" don't make anything. They are brand names of Synta (China)...


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HowardK
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Reged: 10/20/10

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5610639 - 01/07/13 06:01 PM

Right

Ty, Rod

How o u like the look of this mount?


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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? [Re: HowardK]
      #5611452 - 01/08/13 07:43 AM

I like the way it looks--a lot. Wish they'd brought it in for a little less money is all.

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TMSP
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Reged: 07/21/12

Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5623225 - 01/14/13 06:54 PM

Well I have held off (I went for the TeleVue) on the self-gifting of this mount and will probably wait a bit and bring one in from Canada.

I have heard generally good reviews, but "first look" stuff. Of course a few comments on lack of perfect alignment out of box, but may be a getting to know you issue. I guess I will assume those that have report continue to experience good results, but it would be great to hear any:

Any New Reports

Thanks for any comments. I usually buy new equipment to fast, I am trying to be more considered, while I work on the rest of the kit.

By the way, the 22mm Nagler showed M42 like I had never seen at our clubs "dark" site. We did have really great seeing. But, amazing!


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Jack Huerkamp
Vendor - Waning Moon


Reged: 10/13/05

Loc: Louisiana
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: TMSP]
      #5623947 - 01/15/13 07:59 AM

If the skies ever clear here in Louisiana, I will be giving mine a try on real versus virtual stars from my living room.

More to follow.

Jack Huerkamp


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opticsguy
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Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Washington State
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: Jack Huerkamp]
      #5624130 - 01/15/13 10:25 AM

I live in USA and only one hour from Vancouver Canada. What steps would i need to take to bring one of these mounts home? I could have it shipped to Vancouver.

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opticsguy
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Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Washington State
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5624140 - 01/15/13 10:32 AM

Also, Orion advertises a 44 pound weight capacity but the finer print shows this as equally loaded with two scopes in alt/az mode. Not one scope, a little misleading in my opinion.

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opticsguy
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Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Washington State
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5624161 - 01/15/13 10:44 AM

My only wish is a 45 pound capacity rating on one side for EQ or AZ. I have a 12" F/4 scope at 40 pounds plus rings and finder and eyepiece, a bit overload for this mounting. Maybe i could bandsaw the scope in half, install at each end . . .

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Lee Jay
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Reged: 02/27/08

Loc: Westminster, CO
Re: AZ EQ6 in the US? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5624177 - 01/15/13 10:56 AM

Quote:

My only wish is a 45 pound capacity rating on one side for EQ or AZ. I have a 12" F/4 scope at 40 pounds plus rings and finder and eyepiece, a bit overload for this mounting. Maybe i could bandsaw the scope in half, install at each end . . .




An innovative solution. I think you should patent that idea.


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