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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: Craig L]
      #5893429 - 05/31/13 12:12 AM

I am impressed with their sincere attention to service.

Imho, iOptron has one of the best customer service teams in the business, and their willingness to 'go the extra mile' has earned them my business, past, present and future.

Clear skies,

Paul


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leveye
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5895332 - 06/01/13 12:24 AM

Quote:

I am impressed with their sincere attention to service.

Imho, iOptron has one of the best customer service teams in the business, and their willingness to 'go the extra mile' has earned them my business, past, present and future.




Agreed me as well they went above and beyond in my situation John,Coleman and the entire iOptron team rock over there to the east.

Edited by leveye (06/01/13 12:25 AM)


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Midnight Dan
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: leveye]
      #5895674 - 06/01/13 09:17 AM

+1

I've found them to be very responsive and knowledgable. A real contrast to my experiences with Celestron.

-Dan


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psandelle
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5895786 - 06/01/13 10:43 AM

A+ on customer service as well. I would not normally try out brand spankin' new items, but I had one of the very first iEQ30's and when the ZEQ45-55 (whatever the number), I'm gettin' one of the first again.

I trust them to help if there are problems, and solve the problems, not just give lip service.

Paul


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leveye
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Reged: 02/06/13

Loc: Oregon Coast
Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5896278 - 06/01/13 03:31 PM Attachment (163 downloads)

Finally some quality seeing last night was able to really stretch my new mounts legs here's M51 at about 87 degrees lat which before really gave my old mount fits no hitting the tripod legs anymore! 7 5 minute lights 4 darks guided no bias iso 400 stacked in DSS then tweeked in PS and LR let me know what you think.

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c_volto
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Chatter - Any news? new [Re: leveye]
      #5909151 - 06/08/13 02:41 AM

Hi guys. Just received this mount here in Brazil. This cross-talk noise is very strange indeed. Any news from Ioptron on this issue? Maybe we have to sent it back?

Also, how do you know if the GPS have your position locked? My GPS status just reads "GPS ON."

Thanks


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cuivienor
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Re: Chatter - Any news? new [Re: c_volto]
      #5909187 - 06/08/13 03:58 AM

It should read GPS OK once the position is locked. For me the CubePro (probably the same GPS unit) never gets a lock inside the house (nor does my LS-8 for that matter), but works fine outside

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c_volto
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Re: Chatter - Any news? new [Re: cuivienor]
      #5909370 - 06/08/13 08:52 AM

@cuivienor: Yep. I'm testing the mount inside the house, by the window.

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bulansaya
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Re: Chatter - Any news? new [Re: c_volto]
      #5910962 - 06/09/13 08:05 AM

Trade mark of iOptron goto mount. Same chatter as in the grandfather of iOpton goto mount the GoToNova / Dual-Axis Motor Kit # 8400 installed in the vixen GP mount.

Cheers

Aziz


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Astronewb
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PHD guiding the ZEQ25GT a 2 min YouTube video new [Re: bulansaya]
      #5911676 - 06/09/13 05:18 PM

I've posted a few screenshots of PHD graphs prior, but last night I got the iPhone out and videoed 2 mins of actual guiding with the ZEQ25/AT6RC/Borg 50mm Lodestar combo. The video is poor quality, but you can see the lower Guiding info block, which remains basically blank for long stretches of time due to the excellent tracking of this mount.

http://youtu.be/fs43HyOlk0c

And you can see the satellite that passes through the frame, another reason we take flats...:)

Posted just for you curious types,

Paul


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leveye
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Re: PHD guiding the ZEQ25GT a 2 min YouTube video new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5912214 - 06/09/13 10:45 PM

Paul that is nuts! I'm close but nowhere near that flat something to work for love it.

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Mkofski
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Re: PHD guiding the ZEQ25GT a 2 min YouTube video new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5912228 - 06/09/13 10:53 PM

Paul,

Amazing! I wonder if there are any $5,000+ mounts that sport that kind of tracking. Better yet, are there any $800 mou ts that can do it?


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leveye
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Reged: 02/06/13

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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5912255 - 06/09/13 11:15 PM Attachment (146 downloads)

Here's M13 from last night i was getting 7 minute exposures and not one bad one in the bunch out of 12 was able to image 3 different DSOs in one night with the Z so cool.

Edited by leveye (06/09/13 11:17 PM)


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Mkofski
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: leveye]
      #5912269 - 06/09/13 11:25 PM

Great looking shot and great performance from a $800 mount!

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Astronewb
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Re: PHD guiding the ZEQ25GT a 2 min YouTube video new [Re: Mkofski]
      #5912288 - 06/09/13 11:48 PM

Quote:

Paul,

Amazing! I wonder if there are any $5,000+ mounts that sport that kind of tracking. Better yet, are there any $800 mou ts that can do it?




Hi, I'm sure there are some $5000 mounts that can do it, but I'm also pretty sure there aren't any $800 mounts that can.

This is where the Z-Balanced mount shines, kind of like the difference between a piston engine, and a rotary engine, just no comparison.

As more of these mounts get into the hands of users like Chris and Rainer, the astro photography results will speak volumes for this design.

Clear skies..have some now btw, but I know as long as a rogue cloud doesn't come along, the mount is just going to do it's thing while I type...:)

Paul


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Astronewb
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions new [Re: leveye]
      #5912290 - 06/09/13 11:49 PM

@ Chris, beautiful image of M13 amigo, grats. You're really starting to fill up your AP pages now... lol.

Best,

Paul


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leveye
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Reged: 02/06/13

Loc: Oregon Coast
Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Astronewb]
      #5912318 - 06/10/13 12:19 AM

Thanks Paul course I have you and the Z to thank for my advancements in the last few weeks it has been a blast I'm all set up and waiting for dark right now way too much fun as it should be best of luck grabbing those photons.

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leveye
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Mkofski]
      #5912324 - 06/10/13 12:28 AM

Quote:

Great looking shot and great performance from a $800 mount!



Many thanks can't tell you how stunned I am at the performance of this mount. I expected better than what I had at the time but not this good for under 900 dollars I cannot wait to get Andromeda and the Pleiades the way I always dreamed and believe I can now it's a dream come true


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Chuck Hards
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: leveye]
      #5913147 - 06/10/13 01:49 PM

When I first saw this mount, I thought "Hey, they're making a torque-tube mount. I haven't seen one of those in 35 years!" More of a reverse torque-tube but the same idea.

I guess "Z mount" sounds sexier than "torque tube" to the marketing people.

This design has terrific possibilites and it may start a trend industry-wide.


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186vett
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Re: iOptron ZEQ25, initial impressions [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #5914104 - 06/10/13 09:41 PM

Paul;
First off, much thanks for your contribution & insights to the ZEQ25. Quick question-would like to buy, but given software upgrades, perhaps a crosstalk issue, should I hold off for a few months? Your response appreciated.
Wish You the Best! Jerry


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