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rkayakr
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iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new
      #5814451 - 04/22/13 12:15 AM Attachment (74 downloads)

iOptron blanketed NEAF with ads and examples of their mounts. Here are some pix of the iOptron iEQ45 AZ along with a dual saddle from the William Optics booth.
From the iOptron booth I learned that to convert the existing iEQ45 to AZ mode you need to:
    Disassemble mount head
    Remove glued on altitude scale
    -iOptron will provide a scale that attaches with a screw
    Remove polar scope
    Assemble mount head into iEQ45 AZ base ($128 option)
    Load new firmware into 8407 controller and mount


Pix attached shows also dual saddle option.

Bob


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rkayakr
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: rkayakr]
      #5814455 - 04/22/13 12:16 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

Close up of dual saddle

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Cotts
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: rkayakr]
      #5814876 - 04/22/13 09:26 AM

Quote:


    Disassemble mount head
    Remove glued on altitude scale
    -iOptron will provide a scale that attaches with a screw
    Remove polar scope
    Assemble mount head into iEQ45 AZ base ($128 option)
    Load new firmware into 8407 controller and mount



Bob




This is not what anyone could call a 'convertible' mount, is it. With the above regimen most owners would think more than twice before deciding to switch modes... Are they really advertising it as a Dual mount?

Dave


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rkayakr
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: Cotts]
      #5814985 - 04/22/13 10:46 AM

Dave
The list is what you have to do to convert an existing iEQ45 (which I have) to the new iEQ45 AZ model. Once converted, you either stick the mount on the altitude base for equatorial use or on the AZ base for alt-az use.
I am happy that they are making parts available for those of us with existing mounts to upgrade if we want.
Bob


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mgwhittle
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: rkayakr]
      #5815023 - 04/22/13 11:18 AM

My understanding is that you have to use it with the pier as the AZ can't mount to a the tripod. Is that correct?

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rkayakr
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5815352 - 04/22/13 02:06 PM

Mark

I asked that question and iOptron tech support said that you don't have to mount the AZ base on a pier. I could see how people with 150 mm F10 refractors might be concerned about hitting a tripod leg. I don't think that I own anything where that would be of concern.

If it were a concern, you could get the 8" high mini pier accessory that attaches to the tripod.

Bob


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timmbottoni
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: rkayakr]
      #5815377 - 04/22/13 02:13 PM

I think this is a really nice setup as it allows users to decide to update with the az option later.

The option to have two scopes is really cool too

Timm


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richardlowney
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: rkayakr]
      #5816270 - 04/22/13 08:14 PM

Bob,
As you allready have an IEQ45 and have seen it in the Alt/AZ mode do you think it could carry an NP101 and a C11 effectively. I mean with a reasonable dampening time. I've been reading the IEQ45 yahoo group and for visual in gem mode some say it can carry a C11 reasonably well. It seems the only other option is the new alt/ax mount from Orion based on their Atlas mount. It looks as if they don't recommend anything bigger than a C8 with something of equal or less weight on the other side.
Thanks, Richard


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rkayakr
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF new [Re: richardlowney]
      #5817158 - 04/23/13 10:36 AM

Richard
I haven't used the IEQ45 in Alt/Az mode so I have no direct experience. I don't own anything heavier than a C8 with an old cast iron JMI NGF focuser. Even loaded with a DSLR and accessories I don't have remotely enough load to test the iEQ45's limits.
The load you propose is well within the claimed limits.
"Payload: 45 lbs (20 kg) for EQ mode (excluding counterweight); 55 lbs (25 kg) for AA mode; or 55 lbs (25kg) + 33 lbs (15 kg) for AA dual mounting".

BTW - the second scope and dual saddle are now listed as an $188 option.

Bob


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richardlowney
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Re: iEQ45 AZ at NEAF [Re: rkayakr]
      #5817369 - 04/23/13 12:33 PM

Thanks Bob. I may have to give this mount a try. It is what I have been looking for and with the recent updates it sounds like Ioptron has really improved an allready good mount. I think I'll wait a little while though. Everytime I buy something this year we get a foot of snow.

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