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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
EQ8's Land in Oz
      #5903281 - 06/05/13 06:40 AM

My EQ8 is in Sydney and I expect delivery before the end of the week. There has been an issue with delivery as total weight is 127Kgs and carriers want it on a pallet which has pushed up delivery costs.

Stay tuned


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5904678 - 06/05/13 08:44 PM

Your lucky Tandum! Let us know how it is.

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rob288
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Reged: 05/13/08

Loc: South Canterbury, New Zealand
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5905283 - 06/06/13 05:42 AM

Two weeks and they arrive in New Zealand

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Frank @ Van
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Reged: 01/24/05

Loc: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: rob288]
      #5905954 - 06/06/13 01:03 PM

They will arrive in Canada in the middle of June, too.

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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Frank @ Van]
      #5906486 - 06/06/13 05:40 PM

Dave lives close to Sydney, he has his and it's big:
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=108249



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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5910459 - 06/08/13 09:32 PM

One was publicly unboxed here in Brisbane yesterday. One of the guys wrote up a blog on the experience.

I was surprised to see the head was in one piece and in one big black travel case. It's so big, the guy in Sydney can't fit it in his car.


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5911250 - 06/09/13 12:36 PM

Thanks for the update Tandum. What was thought on the "polar assist" system? I'm trying to figure out if its worth buying.

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tjugo
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 11/06/07

Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5911783 - 06/09/13 06:32 PM

Wow! The PE looks impressive!

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Tandum
sage


Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5911875 - 06/09/13 07:38 PM

Quote:

Thanks for the update Tandum. What was thought on the "polar assist" system? I'm trying to figure out if its worth buying.



You mean the polar scope? It looks odd and has to come off to get the head into the case so it would have to be aligned with RA every time. There is a manual on line and it looks like you align it like a finder scope.

Also if you loosen the tripod clamp bolts the center can drop down and bang into the knob that turns the center bolt to the head. The manual says to put 2 counter weights under the center piece so as not to drop it on someones foot


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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5916295 - 06/12/13 03:12 AM Attachment (117 downloads)

Here at last and eqmod works via the handset and pc-direct.

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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5916679 - 06/12/13 10:42 AM

Very nice! any thoughts, impressions, comments and concerns?

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Tandum
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Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5917503 - 06/12/13 06:38 PM

If you don't put a a pair of counterweights or something under the pier when you loosen the clamp bolts, the pier can drop and the clamp can bang into the knob for tightening the head to the pier and bend it. It's happened to some one already, it needs a stop.

And I don't think I can get the tripod into my Golf on my own the way it is. It has to be about 35Kgs (75pound) and has no hand holds on it at all. Once I get the head into the dome I'll try and figure out how to resolve that one.

It was supplied with a polar scope.


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Mike X.
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 06/28/10

Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5917508 - 06/12/13 06:40 PM

Beautyful mount congrats!!

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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5917648 - 06/12/13 08:18 PM

35 kilo tripod....I thought my CGEM DX tripod was heavy. Thank god for being 29 and no back issues!

As for the getting this thing in your golf, the metal case doesn't have a retractable hitch hidden somewhere?!

Congrats on being one of the first to get the EQ8 to run with EQMOD! Should be cloudy for the next month now... Enjoy first light. Provide feedback.

Edited by lafo0100 (06/12/13 08:22 PM)


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Tandum
sage


Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5917823 - 06/12/13 09:59 PM Attachment (108 downloads)

It' stopped raining this morning so I got the head into the dome. They are saying it should clear for the week-end so I can dial it in and get some numbers from it.

In the mean time, other projects have parts waiting to be installed


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Tandum
sage


Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5918583 - 06/13/13 11:42 AM Attachment (105 downloads)

Pempro Run. +/- 2.2

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Stew57
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/03/09

Loc: Silsbee Texas
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5918787 - 06/13/13 01:24 PM

Is this native PE?

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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Stew57]
      #5919252 - 06/13/13 06:04 PM

wow pretty impressive. can't wait to see how it will perform with a good autoguider!

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Tandum
sage


Reged: 03/01/10

Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5919311 - 06/13/13 06:39 PM

Native PE? PEC is off if that's what you mean.

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Stew57
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/03/09

Loc: Silsbee Texas
Re: EQ8's Land in Oz new [Re: Tandum]
      #5919578 - 06/13/13 09:18 PM

Yes thanks. I did see PEC off in the above pic. Thought maybe PEC on the mount itself was on. I have not used PEMPro yet. Quite impressive PE. You should enjoy that mount!

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