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swsantos
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Nova Hitch video review
      #5960858 - 07/08/13 04:36 PM

First light / use over the weekend. My scope and I are very happy campers.

Written words and platitudes do not to this mount justice so here is my video review. Feel free to ask me any questions to this thread.

Not mentioned in the video: the Astro Devices BETI is used with an Android tablet and Sky Safari. The encoders are 8192 resolution. The mount has a Televue Starbeam finder attached to its included finder platform and the 8" Edge has a Feathertouch microfocuser installed. The visual back is a Baader click lock.

Nova Hitch review

Thanks for watching


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Seiko4169
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Reged: 07/04/09

Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: swsantos]
      #5960882 - 07/08/13 04:46 PM

Great video and the mount looks superb. Seems a perfect match with the edge 8. Both incredibly modern looking.

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Jim7728
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Seiko4169]
      #5960912 - 07/08/13 05:08 PM

Finally got to see one in action, thanks!

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Doug D.
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5960956 - 07/08/13 05:30 PM

Very informative Steve - it always helps to see it move!

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Goodchild
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5961127 - 07/08/13 08:02 PM

Steve, you made a complex looking mount seem easy to operate. Thanks for the video. You and Charles are to be congratulated on what appears to be a very fine mount.

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la200o
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Reged: 09/09/08

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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5961284 - 07/08/13 09:58 PM

Looks like a vast improvement on my HH MK 3. The new slow motion controls and the ability to lock the mount for eyepiece changes really stand out. Have you ever experienced slippage with the azimuth control? Even when my HH is perfectly balanced, sometimes the control will slip. I also like the new position of the control knobs.

Have fun with it!

Bill


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swsantos
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: la200o]
      #5961471 - 07/08/13 11:45 PM

There are two controls on the altitude and azimuth, one that locks it push-to wise (but not slo-mo control wise) and one that you tighten or loosen to taste depending upon how freely you want to move it manually in push-to. Even if you have it completely loosened there is no slippage if the mount is balanced or even a bit unbalanced thanks to its two axis balancing (that's tool free), but if greatly unbalanced it can slip but too free and light is not desirable because then its too easy to move the scope off target while observing at least for my liking. So I have that knob set so I can go from 8mm Ethos to 31mm Nagler (with the free balance point being the 17mm Ethos) with no slippage. That amount of tension on the knob is actually minimal and does not make the push-to movement noticeably less fluid. Note that you can actually engage the cam lock (as I did while rapping on the scope in the video) so that it does not move at all manually and the slow motion controls still work freely. You can even totally remove the eyepiece and diagonal and the scope will not move manually but is still controllable easily with the slow motion controls. An absurd and extreme demonstration of the Nova's abilities I know, but one that shows off just what it is capable of doing.

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D.Briden
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: swsantos]
      #5961746 - 07/09/13 06:33 AM

Excellent Steve - thanks for taking the time to put together and post... Charles will be well chuffed!

Can't wait for mine to be delivered (+ tracking) 'over the pond'!

Clear skies to you...

Damian


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mlanglois
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: D.Briden]
      #5962731 - 07/09/13 06:24 PM

Steve,

That was a great presentation of the mount's features. I'm always envious of a quality alt/az mount when time is short and lugging the eq mount outside doesn't seem worthwhile. Sadly, the Voyager I've been using doesn't really cut it any more. Maybe a Nova is in my future.

Michael


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astrophile
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: mlanglois]
      #5963193 - 07/09/13 11:08 PM

Nice video demo Steve, thanks!

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WolfTracks
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: mlanglois]
      #5963197 - 07/09/13 11:09 PM

That was a great review! You touched on a lot of features in a short amount of time. You don't see to many Astronomy Equipment video reviews and it was fun to watch.

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astrophile
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5963215 - 07/09/13 11:20 PM

Quote:

Steve, you made a complex looking mount seem easy to operate.



Truth is, the features that make the mount look complex are what make it so much simpler to operate. Spend a bit of time up front, once, getting the horizontal and vertical balance set, and you're done with complexities for good.


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MAURITS
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: astrophile]
      #5963440 - 07/10/13 02:19 AM

Steve, congrats with the mount!

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Tamiji Homma
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: la200o]
      #5963996 - 07/10/13 12:39 PM

It is vast improvement over Super HalfHitch, too

I am not sure it were possible but I wished that Charles had alt/az brake feature in HH/SHH. It would have made a big usability improvement for people like me to change visual back often (small eyepiece to heavy binoviewer/eyepiece turret setup).

Tammy


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johndgaul
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #5964162 - 07/10/13 02:35 PM

Tammy, have you got both the Super and the Nova? The Nova looks much stronger than the svelte Super, though I haven't seen a side by side photo.

As someone with a Super Half Hitch (and a Mini Hitch), I can appreciate the convenience of the axis "locks" for eyepiece changes. On the other hand, I like the Super for its light weight and the elegance (zippy coolness ) of its geared slow motion controls.

I would be tempted by a Nova if one pops up for sale some time!


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Quintessence
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: johndgaul]
      #5964690 - 07/10/13 08:28 PM

Hi John,

You have hinted at the key conceptual difference between the Super Half Hitch and the Nova Hitch. The Super was designed as a grab 'n go mount for 130 mm refractors -- while the Nova Hitch is intended as more of a general purpose mount. A very different set of assumptions went into the design of the two mounts.

Charles


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okieav8r
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: swsantos]
      #5965017 - 07/10/13 11:52 PM

Beautiful mount, great presentation. I've been a fan of Charles Riddel's mounts for quite awhile. It's definitely on my wish list. Thank you Steve.

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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5966417 - 07/11/13 09:51 PM

It looks really amazing how smoothly the Nova can handle such a large load, the slow motion knobs appear to have nearly zero resistance. While it looks more involved than some other mounts, every feature appears to add useful functionality, and still remain very user friendly.

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swsantos
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5966420 - 07/11/13 09:53 PM

The cam levers for the altitude and azimuth as well as the saddle were options for me.

Frankly the cam-lever controls for the altitude and azimuth are a MUST and
bestow upon the Nova much of its awesomeness. They provide a quantum leap in capability, ease, and joy
of use. Eyepiece changes, carrying the mount around with or without the scope
attached, carrying the mount outside without it whacking you as it moves, adding
and removing stuff from the scope no matter what the weight, storing the scope
on the mount not having to worry if it gets bumped and moved... these cam levers
make that all possible and easy. Sure you could use the knobs instead but
tightening and untightening a knob is more tedious, less positive in engagement,
and highly variable. The engage/disengage nature of the levers is best.

Don't leave home without them take it from me!

They actually have two virtual positions that perform two different tasks for
me; all the way engaged for full lock and half way engaged for eyepiece changes>
the difference being so little effort is needed to engage them half way AND the
the scope stays in position during eyepiece changes. Its sooo easy! And the slow motion controls remain fully operational no matter how the cam levers are set.

The saddle locks are great too. They do not necessarily add functionality but
they make the function of inserting and removing the OTA much easier, quicker,
and more positive.

Steve


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t.r.
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Re: Nova Hitch video review new [Re: swsantos]
      #5967016 - 07/12/13 09:21 AM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, your video speaks volumes! Thanks for sharing!

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