Here is what I know about Crux mounts. I have to disclose that I'm not a impartial observer as I will explain a little later. However, I will try my best to present some facts that would be helpful for people to understand a little bit of history behind Crux.
Several years ago, a Korean company called AstroDream Tech introduced high end eq mounts under the brand Morning Calm. They were featured at NEAF 2012, and I was the one who manned the booth. The owner (Injoon Hwang) of AstroDream Tech was an old friend of mine and I was asked to represent the company in North America and set up the distribution network. A few retailers ended up signing a dealer contract, and things started to roll.
There were a few MorningCalm mounts shipped to the dealers and after testing them, the tracking accuracy turned out to be way worse than expected. It was a surprise for all of us including myself. The dealers, the people in Korea, and I started working together to resolve the issue. In the mean time, Hwang started a discussion in Korea to sell his company (AstroDream Tech). The sale was finalized shortly after, and the the company that bought out AstroDream Tech set up a new company called Rainbow Astro. After the merger, Hwang and the new ownership got into a nasty dispute, and Hwang ended up leaving the company shortly after the merger. The Morning Clam line has since been dropped and I was relieved of my role as the distributor. Rainbow Astro soon started promoting its own new design, which is now distributed by Astrofactors with a model number RST-400.
In all these changes, the dealers who signed up and took inventory of Morning Calm mounts ended up taking a huge loss. Rainbow Astro assured the dealers that they would honor the dealer contracts, but there was no more communication afterwards. As the one who recruited the dealers, I felt responsible and tried to convince Hwang and RainbowAstro to at least compensate for the losses by the dealers, but never received any answer.
Now there is this new mount brand called Crux, which is Hwang's product. Hwang is promoting it out of his personal observatory web site (Hobym Observatory) and also a few Japanese web sites. I guess he is trying to make a comeback to the mount business.
I haven't talked to him since his departure from Rainbow Astro, so have no more information on the mount other than what I see on his web site. But, since many people started to speculate where the mount is from, I feel that I should share the information on the history of the producer (especially when contedracula and orly mentioned Morning Calm ).
Anyone who is interested in more information on the history, feel free to PM me. You can also contact me if you want translation of the Korean literature on Crux mounts.
I'm now completely out of astro related business, and enjoying being an amateur again. Love to be a buyer rather than a seller.
Edited by Yun-Oh, 27 February 2017 - 01:36 AM.