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Ricky
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New Sky Watcher Mount
      #6362691 - 02/07/14 07:06 PM

Hi All,
Looks like Sky Watcher is coming out with a new "baby" mount for very light use. Looks pretty cool! This came from their Facebook page. Looks like a real nice grab and go and travel mount. Its supposed to come out this summer. I'd be surprised if it didn't make an appearance at this years NEAF Conference...here's the link:

http://tinyurl.com/kv6fglv


Edited by Ricky (02/07/14 08:51 PM)


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Falcon-
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Ricky]
      #6362799 - 02/07/14 07:47 PM

That looks cool - more like a even smaller SkyGuider then Polarie or SkyTracker.

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Dave MModerator
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Falcon-]
      #6363032 - 02/07/14 10:08 PM

Looks interesting!

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orlyandico
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Dave M]
      #6363284 - 02/08/14 02:30 AM

if it has ST4 it will be a killer. I would definitely want one..

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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6363443 - 02/08/14 07:14 AM

Please let it have ST-4. But it's not listed in the text so I'm not holding my breath. Sigh. Skytracker v2? Astrotrac with Polar Scope? Wait for this new one? So many choices!

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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: cuivienor]
      #6363535 - 02/08/14 08:57 AM

Is that not an ST-4 sized jack pictured in the bottom right corner of the mount?

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orlyandico
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: austin.grant]
      #6363919 - 02/08/14 12:08 PM

according to a German forum it has ST4 and a mini-USB for DSLR shutter control.

man I can't wait for this thing. so i can stop looking for a Tak Sky Patrol...


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Ricky
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6363933 - 02/08/14 12:16 PM

And im pretty sure its gonna be a lot less than the Tak...

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orlyandico
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Ricky]
      #6363947 - 02/08/14 12:19 PM

well if it's $800 that's not a lot less than the Tak. Let's hope it's $400

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Starhawk
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6364002 - 02/08/14 12:52 PM

They had one at ASAE this past year. It's quite stout and solid feeling. It does have an ST-4 port, but they didn't know how much it was going to cost.

I don't know if it is clear in the picture, but whatever your Dec. axis is goes on with a Vixen dovetail, so it would be possible to make your own, with features like a slow motion control, or even a mini-fork, if you wanted.

-Rich


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orlyandico
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6364025 - 02/08/14 01:06 PM

This would be really cool. It's smaller than the usual suspect small EQ mounts.

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Starhawk
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6364026 - 02/08/14 01:06 PM

Oh- and on the size- it may be bigger than some of you are thinking. It's bigger than a 28-300mm superzoom lens. Still compact, but quite different from the flat polarie. In my mind, this is a good thing- much more bearing capacity. It's a little like someone made a CG-5 ra axis in CG-4 size and took the DEC axis off.

-Rich


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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6364043 - 02/08/14 01:15 PM

i think it's still good sized compared to say a CG4 because it doesn't have the polar fork - that task is handed off to the handy tilting base or to a tripod tilt head. i can see myself packing this into my overnight suitcase.

if it had a great polar scope and PEC... it might be worth close-to-Sky Patrol price.


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Starhawk
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6364665 - 02/08/14 07:01 PM

It has a built in polar scope. Dunno on PEC.

-Rich


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orlyandico
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6365423 - 02/09/14 04:01 AM

Yup I've seen that German poster where they mentioned the polar scope. That's why I said "great" polar scope I.e. as accurate as a rapas or tak.

One can dream


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EricRemy
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6529977 - 05/16/14 10:25 PM

Listed at 350$ in Canada for summer 2014, end of june.

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GordonCopestake
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: EricRemy]
      #6530285 - 05/17/14 04:19 AM

5kg payload, priced to be cheaper than the polarie apparently

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EricRemy
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: GordonCopestake]
      #6530395 - 05/17/14 08:03 AM

Polar alignment is going to be criticle as with the astrotrack.It's the price point that blows the socks off the others.

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piaras
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: EricRemy]
      #6530420 - 05/17/14 08:29 AM

Here at AstroCats 2 weeks ago. I saw the mount and even touched it. I will get one, once they are available.

YES IT DOES HAVE A GUIDER PORT!

Sky Watcher Star Adventurer webpage

Edited by piaras (05/18/14 10:31 PM)


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GordonCopestake
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Re: New Sky Watcher Mount new [Re: piaras]
      #6530440 - 05/17/14 08:46 AM

I'm not sure how useful the guide port is with only one axis

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