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#476 Bigzmey

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:01 PM

Are you looking to remove the 2" eyepiece clamp and thread on an extension and then thread back the stock 2" eyepiece clamp on the end? 

 Yes, this is what I would prefer. I had this option on ES triplets which were shipped with screw-on extension rings.

 

Stelarvue informed me that they don't have such an option for Access line. I bought 2" generic extension, less elegant solution, but it works. 



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 02:01 PM

Hmm, you could have a male to male M63x1 80mm extension tube made which wold be lighter and stiffer but it would be expensive compared to the usual extensions. Personally I use the High Point Scientific self centering extensions, I have a few different 1.25" and 2" extension in 35mm 50mm lengths. Excellent rigid connections that very finely machined then hard anodized, they are surprisingly inexpensive and get the job done. 


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Posted 08 January 2020 - 02:54 PM

Hmm, you could have a male to male M63x1 80mm extension tube made which wold be lighter and stiffer but it would be expensive compared to the usual extensions. Personally I use the High Point Scientific self centering extensions, I have a few different 1.25" and 2" extension in 35mm 50mm lengths. Excellent rigid connections that very finely machined then hard anodized, they are surprisingly inexpensive and get the job done. 

Thanks, I will look at those. I got one of Amazon. It is well made and keeps scope alignment (as confirmed by star test).

 

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 01:32 AM

Still loving it...

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 05:27 AM

Still loving it...

How stable is that mount at high power?...is it still portable?...thanks :)



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 05:29 AM

Still loving it...

What a beautiful scope and mount set-up. It looks like it would tick all the boxes to get used a lot under the stars, the perfect combination. Does the porta-mount allow unobstructed movement of the scope tube all the way to the zenith? 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 01:50 PM

Still loving it's little brother too. What a great little scope! 

 

 

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 04:55 PM

Still loving it's little brother too. What a great little scope! 

Beautiful. Awesome scope, mount and tripod set-up.


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:55 PM

How stable is that mount at high power?...is it still portable?...thanks smile.gif

I only use the Porta Mount with the 102 Access when I am in the back yard on a week night, as it's easier to bring it in an out.

It's good to about 140X before it starts to get too jiggly for my taste. With a set of vibration dampening pads under the feet of the tripod it works well to about 170X or so. 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:57 PM

 Does the porta-mount allow unobstructed movement of the scope tube all the way to the zenith? 

Absolutely.


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:41 PM

Actually the diagonal does hit the legs, so probably 5 or 6 degrees off the true zenith.

Between the legs it squarely points to zenith  



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 08:09 PM

Any recommendations for a lightweight alt-az go-to mount that can handle the weight of the SV102A? Usage would be visual only. I'm looking for something easy to carry and set up. Pictures would be greatly appreciated!

 

I currently have a Stellarvue M2C mount with extension column on a Berlebach Report 212 tripod, and it works well. Now I have a hankering for something that, once aligned, will automatically find and track hard to find objects in my light-polluted skies.



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 10:50 PM

I had a iOptron CEM25P before getting the CEM60. It would be perfect for that. Very light weight. Here is a picture of it.

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 11:02 AM

I had a iOptron CEM25P before getting the CEM60. It would be perfect for that. Very light weight. Here is a picture of it.

Impressive mount and setup. Thanks for the response. However, I'm looking for an alt-az mount for ease of use.



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Posted 19 April 2020 - 01:11 PM

I don't have any experience with them so likely I'm no help. iOptron use to make one a ieq45- pro I believe but I see they are no longer offered. Sky-Watcher sells a AZ-EQ5 Multi-Purpose that looks interesting.

 

https://optcorp.com/...to-mount-s30200

 

iOptron has this one:

 

https://optcorp.com/...-literoc-tripod



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Posted 20 April 2020 - 05:53 AM

Impressive mount and setup. Thanks for the response. However, I'm looking for an alt-az mount for ease of use.

VIxen SuperPolaris set into alt-azimuth mode if you can find one used.  This is really solid with the SV102 Access.

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 02:28 PM

Any recommendations for a lightweight alt-az go-to mount that can handle the weight of the SV102A? Usage would be visual only. I'm looking for something easy to carry and set up. Pictures would be greatly appreciated!

 

I currently have a Stellarvue M2C mount with extension column on a Berlebach Report 212 tripod, and it works well. Now I have a hankering for something that, once aligned, will automatically find and track hard to find objects in my light-polluted skies.

 

SW AZGti. As with all mounts in this price range it has some room for improvement, but it works well enough and provides stable support for my SV102 in amazingly lightweight and compact package. It is usable right from the box, but I have updated the saddle and adapted the mount to the legs from TW1 for added stability.

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 11:40 PM

Good pic. Looks like a great night...



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Posted 21 April 2020 - 11:28 AM

SW AZGti. As with all mounts in this price range it has some room for improvement, but it works well enough and provides stable support for my SV102 in amazingly lightweight and compact package. It is usable right from the box, but I have updated the saddle and adapted the mount to the legs from TW1 for added stability.

Thanks for the recommendation and the pic is beautiful! This meets my wishlist: an alt-az lightweight go-to mount. Since you're already using it with the SV102 I presume it handles the scope + accessory weight? I ask because the mount has a payload capacity of 11 lb and the scope alone weighs 9 lb without some accessories. It seems it would be right at the limit unless the mount rating is conservative.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 02:24 PM

Thanks for the recommendation and the pic is beautiful! This meets my wishlist: an alt-az lightweight go-to mount. Since you're already using it with the SV102 I presume it handles the scope + accessory weight? I ask because the mount has a payload capacity of 11 lb and the scope alone weighs 9 lb without some accessories. It seems it would be right at the limit unless the mount rating is conservative.

 

I have been using it for months and really like the setup. Pleasantly surprised how stable it is. As you see I don't use heavy accessories, but it handled extension tube, 2" diagonal, reddot and 27mm Panoptic just fine.

 

The mount does not come with hand controller (but you can buy one if desired).  I control it from my phone, this is one of the main reasons I got it in the first place.

 

The only negative you need to be aware of is that GoTo accuracy is not very precise. It places the target within one degree accuracy. I don't know if this typical for all AltAz, or just this model. But, since the target is always within FOV of low power EP, it does not bother me that much.   



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Posted 23 April 2020 - 09:19 PM

 

The only negative you need to be aware of is that GoTo accuracy is not very precise. It places the target within one degree accuracy. I don't know if this typical for all AltAz, or just this model. But, since the target is always within FOV of low power EP, it does not bother me that much.   

 

I agree... The few times I tried to get the GoTo to work with the same scope (SV102A) or even my EON 80, GoTo performance was not good. It would be a big bummer, but I mainly use the mount using the point-and-track option for solar system objects which is easy enough and the tracking works well in this mode. 



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Posted 25 April 2020 - 09:34 AM

I have a SV102 Access CF. Did they make a carbon fiber version of the access 125? Seems silly they wouldn’t but have not seen any when I searched for it.



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Posted 25 April 2020 - 08:34 PM

I have a SV102 Access CF. Did they make a carbon fiber version of the access 125? Seems silly they wouldn’t but have not seen any when I searched for it.

 

I think the carbon fiber 102 Access was (is?) a special animal. It was not a regular production item. They were only offered during the closeout sale because Stallarvue has an excess of the carbon tubes.

 

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 09:07 AM

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Posted 27 April 2020 - 07:37 PM

C/F.. Nice twist on a great scope..


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