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#1 GSBass

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 04:30 PM

Excited, new scope suppose to get here tomorrow but was able to successfully mount her to the pier, I did not use the ioptron leveling screws and am using my pier leveling screws instead, that went well, booted up and let the wizard run and the bubble stayed centered all the way around. Mount picked Venus for the alignment target.

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#2 petert913

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 04:32 PM

I'd love to get one for my 80mm Stellarvue and/or my 102mm Mak.

Looks like fun.



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 04:35 PM

Enjoy



#4 GSBass

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 04:46 PM

I'd love to get one for my 80mm Stellarvue and/or my 102mm Mak.

Looks like fun.

It certainly is easy, after leveling your observing.... I’ll reserve judgement til first light but it looks promising



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 04:50 PM

I’m a little nervous about mounting the scope, never used a dovetail before, hope it has some kind of stop screws, I just can’t imagine the pain of it slipping out lol, the scope is a 180 Orion mak



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 05:00 PM

I've had an AZ Pro for about two years and it makes casual viewing easy and enjoyable.  Make sure the tripod/mount are very well leveled and the rest is auto-magic.  I've even used it for solar imaging a few time and it produced decent results.

 

Have fun!

 

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 05:01 PM

Make sure you have a safety screw in the upper portion of the scopes dovetail. Don't let go until both mount screw clamps are snug! To balance, slightly loosen both mount screws and gently slide the tube back or forward with hand on scope tube to keep it steady and watch to see when it doesn't rock in either direction. Clamp down mount screws and begin alignment routine. 

Not uncommon for the 1st alignment star to be a little off after slewing. 

Here's to a successful shake down cruise!



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 05:10 PM

Awesome, thanks for the advice guys, I’ll post some more pictures in coming days, I’ll probably get first light tomorrow night, wish the moon was not almost full, I need the terminator to do a proper mak test



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 05:30 PM

Have enjoyed using mine for the last 3 years.

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 06:09 PM

I am looking for decent, functional, and used Az Pro at a reasonable price to blow my pandemic check on. 

Anyone that has one and wants sell it to move over to EQ mounts or such, please PM me.

I posted a Want Ad recently and and got no responses.



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 10:19 PM

I’ll note one surprise, pictures kind of made me think the keypad was actually mounted to the mount in a secure way, it’s just a hanging mechanism and normal, that’s cool , just noting because it’s different than expected, I guess I thought it was pegged or something but now I am thinking to make it more secure, especially if I’m going to use sky safari, would like to just reach over and make adjustments without any play. It’s secure but still loose and hanging


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 09:19 AM

I use a small patch of Velcro to help secure the hand controller to the mount and prevent it from falling out of the holder.


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#13 GSBass

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 12:51 PM

Scope arrived and got it installed and balanced, I used the board pivot method and ended up with 22lbs of counterweight with the shaft all the way in. Was hoping some one could tell me a short cut to manual slew, a manual mode was not readily apparent, thanks



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Posted 03 June 2020 - 12:53 PM

I use a small patch of Velcro to help secure the hand controller to the mount and prevent it from falling out of the holder.

Good tip, I’ll think I’ll definitely do that, already knocked it off once while balancing



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Posted 03 June 2020 - 03:22 PM

You slew using the hand box. Set the speed by the numbers. Easypeasy.

I have found a simple way to use this mount. After alignment, where I skip the standard routine, I select a prominent object like the moon, Venus or a bright star, center om this object, push the sync button for a sync, then select zero position. The mount then send my scope to zero, pointing to zenith. Then I can just select any object in the menue.
When I finish I again set the mount in zero position and ready to go next night, just remove the scope and cover the mount with a Telegizmo.
 

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 06:34 PM

Waiting for first light, clouds moving in though

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 09:46 PM

First Light! Super happy with mount and scope and that baader zoom is pretty cool too, I snagged a shot with my iPhone se which doesn’t have a great camera but still fun to capture something to share

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 02:52 PM

53E923F2-1EAD-453C-9F00-9CE34961A826.jpeg Kind of an interesting comparison of Schickard crater I photographed last night with a photo from the moon atlas, a few tiny craters missing, It is a challenge to get in focus with eyepiece projection, so easy to be fooled thinking you are, anyway I think I’ll use the online atlas a lot to see how I’m doing


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 11:30 AM

I’m breaking down and ordering the pier extender, although it’s at perfect height for sitting down and viewing the moon and planets etc...anything close to zenith would require getting on the ground, the extender is only 8” but that should be enough I think, I could probably get another 3” out of my pier leveling spikes if need be



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 12:09 PM

I’m a little nervous about mounting the scope, never used a dovetail before, hope it has some kind of stop screws, I just can’t imagine the pain of it slipping out lol, the scope is a 180 Orion mak

I find useful when mounting my 150mm Mak on the Alt-Az clamp, to put the vixen clamp vertical, then railing the scope down the clamp with both arms, then holding the scope tube vertically with my right arm, whilst tightening the clamp with the left hand. This way, you can keep the tube against your chest and firmly sustain it with your right arm.

 

By the way, I'm thinking about getting myself an iOptron AZ PRO. Are you happy? What kind of extender column did you order?

 

Cheers

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 12:52 PM

I find useful when mounting my 150mm Mak on the Alt-Az clamp, to put the vixen clamp vertical, then railing the scope down the clamp with both arms, then holding the scope tube vertically with my right arm, whilst tightening the clamp with the left hand. This way, you can keep the tube against your chest and firmly sustain it with your right arm.

 

By the way, I'm thinking about getting myself an iOptron AZ PRO. Are you happy? What kind of extender column did you order?

 

Cheers

Max

Ioptron makes one Called the 8032 it’s about 140 but do need the extra height , as far as the AZ , I think I would have to say still under evaluation but love it so far, I still need to test WiFi out and get a few sessions under my belt before I declare it a home run but it is looking like I am going to be very happy


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 05:21 PM

Have enjoyed using mine for the last 3 years.

How do you ensure precise alignment of the 2 scopes, so that you can point the same object at high magnification?



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 05:52 PM

How do you ensure precise alignment of the 2 scopes, so that you can point the same object at high magnification?

 

Looks like he has rings on secondary so alignment should be fairly easy


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Posted 15 June 2020 - 02:38 AM

Looks like he has rings on secondary so alignment should be fairly easy

Yes but I mean...  You can only adjust altitude by rotating the shaft right? What about adjusting the azimuth?

 

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 04:55 AM

There are two screws to adjust in azimuth. Described in the manual.

Descibed on page 15.

Arne


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