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#26 starman876

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 01:45 PM

Personally, I'd like to hear more about how that AP1200 mount you recently got is working out. Are you thinking about putting the Q7 on it? I keep wondering if I should replace my G11 with one or just upgrade the RA axis to the Titan.

 

Chip W. 

I am changing the drive system to a Sitech system with servo motors. Everything has come in and  I am now installing it on the AP1200.  It will now be a goto mount.   I will use the Q7 on that mount.    The build quality of that AP1200 is just fantastic.  I have a G11 I might just sell now.  

 

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 04:07 PM

Maybe you should have added 'Anticipating' to the title? grin.gif  


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 04:25 PM

Maybe you should have added 'Anticipating' to the title? grin.gif  

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 04:26 PM

That's what I was thinking.   He's probably going to post a pic of it in the shipping box when it arrives, and drag-out the unwrapping.  lol.gif

 

We'll finally see the actual telescope on page four of the thread. ;)


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 04:29 PM

That's what I was thinking.   He's probably going to post a pic of it in the shipping box when it arrives, and drag-out the unwrapping.  lol.gif

 

We'll finally see the actual telescope on page four of the thread. wink.gif

Going to drag it out longer than that.  I know in paint I can take each picture down to a pixel.  



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:20 PM

If you have never seen a Q7 in the flesh you are gonna say we need a bigger boat if it is just the OTA. No SP mount is gonna work  well with that heavy OTA.  I was so shocked the first time i saw a complete Q7 at a star party. I said to myself look at that big monster. AP 600 would do it ok or better yet a AP 900.


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:27 PM

If you have never seen a Q7 in the flesh you are gonna say we need a bigger boat if it is just the OTA. No SP mount is gonna work  well with that heavy OTA.  I was so shocked the first time i saw a complete Q7 at a star party. I said to myself look at that big monster. AP 600 would do it ok or better yet a AP 900.

Yes I have seen a Q7 in the flesh.  It is not that big.  It will be one of my lighter scopes.   My AP1200 is most likely over kill for it.  


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:39 PM

Yes I have seen a Q7 in the flesh.  It is not that big.  It will be one of my lighter scopes.   My AP1200 is most likely over kill for it.  

It was big to me in the 80's after being used to seeing Q3.5's.  Huge jump up in size. AP 1200 is way to big for me to drag out unless you can roll it out all setup.



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:48 PM

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Because it hasn't arrived.


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:50 PM

Because it hasn't arrived.

And you think I am enjoying the waitcrazy.gif



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:53 PM

It was big to me in the 80's after being used to seeing Q3.5's.  Huge jump up in size. AP 1200 is way to big for me to drag out unless you can roll it out all setup.

The AP is taken outside in stages.  Takes about 10 minutes to set up.  The Dec section and the RA  section goes out in two stages.  It is really simple.   Nothing to roll out.   Very well engineered mount.   The Q7 will feel at home.  



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:58 PM

A Q7 is going to be fabulous, I wish it was me.

I owned a 3.5 and it was as good as it gets I can only imagine a seven inch version.

 

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:05 PM

A Q7 is going to be fabulous, I wish it was me.

I owned a 3.5 and it was as good as it gets I can only imagine a seven inch version.

 

Robert

I have not seen a picture of the optics.  Those will come this Wednesday.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  Even then having the optics recoated will not be that bad.   I love projects like this.   A real challenge. 


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:17 PM

The AP is taken outside in stages.  Takes about 10 minutes to set up.  The Dec section and the RA  section goes out in two stages.  It is really simple.   Nothing to roll out.   Very well engineered mount.   The Q7 will feel at home.  

I  watched a guy take 45 mins to set-up and AP mount once.  That includes the pier and wires.



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 09:22 PM

I  watched a guy take 45 mins to set-up and AP mount once.  That includes the pier and wires.

He must have been slow lol.gif



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 11:11 PM

Congrats on a fabulous find. Once you get the optics sorted, you’re going to love the views through it. The Q7 is a beauty to behold and the best performing telescope I have ever looked through (once cooled properly). I believe the ota and fork mount weighed 55lbs combined. I’m sure the ota was a good half of that but 19lbs comes to mind. Not to hijack your thread but while your waiting here some pics of the one I used to own for size reference. 

 

You really cant appreciate the size until you see it next to a 3.5”

 

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or in front of you

 

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and with dewshield extended

 

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 11:13 PM

sadly I no longer have it. I enjoyed looking at it as much as through it. Before I sold it I did manage to find a period correct mount for it. Talk about eye candy!

 

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cant wait to see and hear more about your Q7! Congrats again! 


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 12:48 AM

Congrats on a fabulous find. Once you get the optics sorted, you’re going to love the views through it. The Q7 is a beauty to behold and the best performing telescope I have ever looked through (once cooled properly). I believe the ota and fork mount weighed 55lbs combined. I’m sure the ota was a good half of that but 19lbs comes to mind. Not to hijack your thread but while your waiting here some pics of the one I used to own for size reference. 

 

You really cant appreciate the size until you see it next to a 3.5”

 

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or in front of you

 

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and with dewshield extended

 

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Seeing the scaled up 7, it almost looks fake. Like a prop from The Incredible Shrinking Man. grin.gif


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 05:49 AM

I  watched a guy take 45 mins to set-up and AP mount once.  That includes the pier and wires.

I always wanted a first gen non GO-TO AP1200 but one never popped up for sale.  This is why i don't use drives and don't wanna bother with GO-TO. My AP800 was fine even at 400x to center objects with my hands.  I want simple and fast.


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 05:50 AM

Congrats on a fabulous find. Once you get the optics sorted, you’re going to love the views through it. The Q7 is a beauty to behold and the best performing telescope I have ever looked through (once cooled properly). I believe the ota and fork mount weighed 55lbs combined. I’m sure the ota was a good half of that but 19lbs comes to mind. Not to hijack your thread but while your waiting here some pics of the one I used to own for size reference. 

 

You really cant appreciate the size until you see it next to a 3.5”

 

attachicon.gif575A49DC-CCF7-4D2E-AAAF-97E4816538A8.jpeg

 

or in front of you

 

attachicon.gif004C4DC4-2CD8-4FDC-861D-495243DD3C2D.jpeg

 

and with dewshield extended

 

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It's bigger than a C8 and feels much more solid.  And it is 10 times better optics wise.


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 07:11 AM

Congrats on a fabulous find. Once you get the optics sorted, you’re going to love the views through it. The Q7 is a beauty to behold and the best performing telescope I have ever looked through (once cooled properly). I believe the ota and fork mount weighed 55lbs combined. I’m sure the ota was a good half of that but 19lbs comes to mind. Not to hijack your thread but while your waiting here some pics of the one I used to own for size reference. 

 

You really cant appreciate the size until you see it next to a 3.5”

 

attachicon.gif575A49DC-CCF7-4D2E-AAAF-97E4816538A8.jpeg

 

or in front of you

 

attachicon.gif004C4DC4-2CD8-4FDC-861D-495243DD3C2D.jpeg

 

and with dewshield extended

 

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They are a beautiful scope.   Thanks for posting.



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Posted 18 August 2020 - 07:12 AM

I always wanted a first gen non GO-TO AP1200 but one never popped up for sale.  This is why i don't use drives and don't wanna bother with GO-TO. My AP800 was fine even at 400x to center objects with my hands.  I want simple and fast.

The 1200 I bought came out of FL.   A couple of months ago.   I have found some of the best deals in FL.


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 10:40 AM

This is an extremely impressive photo Scott! It expressed the size and scale of the Q7 better than any I’ve seen. An amazing scope for sure! I’m sure you enjoyed being at the control box!

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 10:58 AM

This is an extremely impressive photo Scott! It expressed the size and scale of the Q7 better than any I’ve seen. An amazing scope for sure! I’m sure you enjoyed being at the control box!

do you think we should tell him the lens cap is on in that picturegramps.gif  You do know what this reminds me of 


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 12:18 PM

It's bigger than a C8 and feels much more solid.  And it is 10 times better optics wise.

That would mean it is a true 1/10 wave. About right for the one I used. Only issue is that it costs 20x as much.


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