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#101 jgroub

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 08:05 PM

 

The question is this:

 

Vendors sometimes announce new products during these sorts of events. What sorts of new products are you looking for?

 

Personally, from my perspective, I wish there would be a new Alt-Az Goto mount that is better than what is currently available. Something with 1.5" steel legs and perhaps a single-fork mount with dual encoders that can carry more than the meager 10-13 lb current generations carry - just 15-18 lb would be nice. Also why do goto mounts come with serial ports? New products should have at least USB ports (and driver support).

 

What product innovations are you looking forward to?

I would really like to see a 6" Celestron EdgeHD!

 

Well, they introduced the Edge HD on the Evolution mount.  But not a 6" version.  



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 09:41 PM

Edge on a single arm fork alt az... why? I mean... I still want it... but...



#103 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:55 PM

The rather pricey Tele Vue FoneMateā„¢ smart phone adapter...

 

http://www.televue.c...d=73&Tab=_phone

 

A fellow ASH member purchased one.

 

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#104 Starman1

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:31 AM

There are better cell-phone adapters, but it works.



#105 Pinbout

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:05 PM

I was just playing with that thing. Very light. I wish I could try it out to see if its too flimsy.



#106 Pinbout

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:11 PM

Gots some more posted just haven't assoc. them to the NEAF tag so you'd have to dig a little.


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#107 Herr Ointment

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:20 PM

I hope Mr. Danny does not mind..........LINK


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#108 Pinbout

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 06:40 PM

I hope Mr. Danny does not mind..........LINK

Thats what the kids in Awana call me... :p  if you dont know what awana is...cant explain.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 08:55 PM

There are better cell-phone adapters, but it works.

Which other ones would you recommend?

I'd like to buy one.

Bob



#110 Brianfromsyr

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 10:47 PM

I have the Fonemate. I purchased it when I first noticed it on their website.
My telescope isn't ready yet but I think it will work just fine.

#111 Pinbout

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:35 AM

 

There are better cell-phone adapters, but it works.

Which other ones would you recommend?

I'd like to buy one.

Bob

 

 

let me guess

 

http://www.eyepieces...s_p/3401000.htm


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#112 Spacefreak1974

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:23 AM

Is anything as good as the iOptron 8342 though? I haven't tried a cell phone adapter but have thought about trying one out soon. 

 

Check out theastroshake on Instagram. Its a couple who does astrophotography and some photos are phones rubber banded to eyepieces. Great photos though

 

Jon


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#113 Jim Romanski

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 01:30 PM

There are better cell-phone adapters, but it works.

I have an old Orion adapter that worked well until I got a new an bigger phone from work.

 

Explore Scientific has one with many small suction cups an is inexpensive.

 

All of the other adapters that I have seen are for 1.25" eyepieces.  The FoneMate is made for Televue eyepieces that can accept Dioptrx.  So if you use mostly Televue eyepieces it might be what you want.



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 02:14 PM

The problem with many of those phone adapters is stability.  The iOptron version is very stable and seems to work well for the most part but on many phones with side buttons it clamps too close to the button and ends up running the shutter 500 times before you notice.  That being said I simply put a cheap wal-mart case on my phone and the buttons are now protected.



#115 Brianfromsyr

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:55 AM

The problem with the Fonemate is that it is designed to screw on Televue eye pieces.

I will be able to use it but it might have been more practical for me to purchase a more versatile one. I use my binoculars on a pole mount as well as my telescope and the Fonemate is useless for that.



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 11:56 AM

 

There are better cell-phone adapters, but it works.

I have an old Orion adapter that worked well until I got a new an bigger phone from work.

 

Explore Scientific has one with many small suction cups an is inexpensive.

 

All of the other adapters that I have seen are for 1.25" eyepieces.  The FoneMate is made for Televue eyepieces that can accept Dioptrx.  So if you use mostly Televue eyepieces it might be what you want.

 

I actually just ordered the Explore Scientific one because you can use it with eyepieces. We will see how it works out. Even if it only fits my regular sized plossls and not my wide field ones it will still be nice to get something on power




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