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ScottW
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Questions on the Cubes
      #5669159 - 02/08/13 02:15 PM

I'm thinking of getting a Cube mount for visual use. I notice that there are two models that seem to have just a 5lbs load difference but a $400.00 price diffeerence, strange.

Does any one why and what?

I also seem to remember that when these mounts came out there were many issues with them. Have the bugs been worked out and do they work as stated now?

Confused,

Scott


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germana1
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Re: Questions on the Cubes new [Re: ScottW]
      #5670634 - 02/09/13 12:19 PM

If it helps any I have a Cube pro its a pretty good mount but I wouldn't put anything larger than an 85 mm scope on it ,tracking is good gps works good easy to set up. One drawback is the tripod is pretty wobbly I switched out the stock tripod with a cg5 and it made a world of difference very solid now. HTH
Pete


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tclehman1969
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Re: Questions on the Cubes new [Re: germana1]
      #5676960 - 02/13/13 02:21 AM

I have a Cube Pro, also. Seems to work just fine, but sometimes I get some weird guiding issues. By that I mean, and this just happened the other night, too, where I looked at a couple items in one part of the sky -- saw M1 for the first time, in an 80mm refractor in an urban area no less -- then selected another item in another part of the sky and the scope was way off the mark. I did read an article where the author when using his Cube Pro would select a target, then sync to target and would be good for that portion of the sky. Then when moving to another area of the sky would sync to target again on something in that new area. I haven't tried that method as yet, maybe this weekend.

The build of the Cube Pro itself is good. Heavy and solid. As Pete mentioned, the tripod is awful. They'd be better off offering a tripod option, but save a few bucks and let the buyer select a tripod themselves. It's junk. I have my Cube on a Oberwerk surveyors tripod and it works great. In my case, a surveyors tripod has a large head, bigger than the base of the Cube. So, to allow room for the scope to clear the tripod, I put the Cube on top of an ABS reducer. Works perfectly! And very solid!

I'm not certain which Cubes your looking at. The Cube Pro has an 8lb capacity, but the Mini Tower has a 33 lb capacity. I know they offer "dual mounts" both alt/az and eq. But my Cube Pro is technically only an alt/az, but works in eq mode, too!

Overall, a good system, not perfect. I would expect more from a system that uses GPS. Maybe it's me, though. It's my first goto system and maybe this is just as good, not as good or better than what's out there.


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