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#1 Dzukielis

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 05:20 AM

Hi,

 

    It's already more then a year, i am living in my own apartment on the 9th floor facing to the south.   One balcony is dedicated for amateur astronomy. Balcony is quite small, 2.5 metre  long and 1.1 metre width.  I needed some alt-az mount , quite compact, modern  and easy with alignment. So, Ioptron Alt-Az Pro mount came to house.

 

 

https://imgur.com/lKgsRPL

https://imgur.com/gnZbgi4

https://imgur.com/yDgZagx

https://imgur.com/kPcZm0w

https://imgur.com/scaJREh

 

  I am visual planetary guy for now , so my main goal is having stable view in the eypiece from  mid to high magnifications.  This mount with head feels very sturdy. Very small amount of plastics, almost everything is made from metal. So now most important advantages as i see them:

 

a) Fits to narrow space.

b) Has integrated Lithium Ion battery, no hussle for external battery and charging stuff. Plenty of charge for a whole night.

c) Built in WiFi.  Guys, what a joy to use Skysafari !!!   No external stuff to connect.

d) Extremely quite when tracking object. Very silent when slewing.  My neighbours didn't wake up laugh.gif

e) Very precise tracking and slewing to , dead on.  Be sure to have perfect levelling.

f)  Can handle my 6"    F/6   refractor . But keep in mind, it is maximum size for refractor . I feel it is max, because of  too far extending force leg/arm . It weights 10 Kg with acccesories.

g) Extremely easy alignment in narrow balcony  using SkySafari , point manually telescope  to planet  ,push the nob in Skysafari  "align"   and here you go , no hussle.

 

 

        Keep in mind , if your equipment weights ~ more then 7 kilos, you must buy additional weight.  As metal is now veryyyy expensive, i've found guy working with a metal and additional 5.2 kg weight was made by hand , total with original Ioptron counterweight it's  9.7 kg. If you have 7" Mak, 8" catadioptric, that's it,  you need 10 kilos on the other side as the mount tells it by releasing weird sounds , which shows too much unbalance is introduced.

        Also you must balance very carefully telescope side with acccesories, it must remain  in equilibrium , no movement up or down, as mount again introduces unbalance sounds. 

       As i've tested mount only 3 times , still not sure original alignment procedure works as intended, have a feeling it misses by around 30 degrees in azimuth , after initial procedure  you correct position  with handset , tell align and then  no problems.   Due to this , using SkySafari is such a easy task . When observing planets, i did not experience shaking even when putting eye directly onto eypiece, feels sturdy ( maximum available zoom i have now   is x112 ). 

 

       Also you can use Stellarium on your PC, just need to install Ascom platform first  and then it works as intended.

      This mount begs for at least 8"  CC or MAK  and this is the future plan.

       Very happy with mount  !

 

P.S. Sorry for my english, it's not my native language. 


Edited by Dzukielis, 04 August 2021 - 05:36 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 06:10 AM

Hi,

 

    It's already more then a year, i am living in my own apartment on the 9th floor facing to the south.   One balcony is dedicated for amateur astronomy. Balcony is quite small, 2.5 metre  long and 1.1 metre width.  I needed some alt-az mount , quite compact, modern  and easy with alignment. So, Ioptron Alt-Az Pro mount came to house.

 

 

https://imgur.com/lKgsRPL

https://imgur.com/gnZbgi4

https://imgur.com/yDgZagx

https://imgur.com/kPcZm0w

https://imgur.com/scaJREh

 

  I am visual planetary guy for now , so my main goal is having stable view in the eypiece from  mid to high magnifications.  This mount with head feels very sturdy. Very small amount of plastics, almost everything is made from metal. So now most important advantages as i see them:

 

a) Fits to narrow space.

b) Has integrated Lithium Ion battery, no hussle for external battery and charging stuff. Plenty of charge for a whole night.

c) Built in WiFi.  Guys, what a joy to use Skysafari !!!   No external stuff to connect.

d) Extremely quite when tracking object. Very silent when slewing.  My neighbours didn't wake up laugh.gif

e) Very precise tracking and slewing to , dead on.  Be sure to have perfect levelling.

f)  Can handle my 6"    F/6   refractor . But keep in mind, it is maximum size for refractor . I feel it is max, because of  too far extending force leg/arm . It weights 10 Kg with acccesories.

g) Extremely easy alignment in narrow balcony  using SkySafari , point manually telescope  to planet  ,push the nob in Skysafari  "align"   and here you go , no hussle.

 

 

        Keep in mind , if your equipment weights ~ more then 7 kilos, you must buy additional weight.  As metal is now veryyyy expensive, i've found guy working with a metal and additional 5.2 kg weight was made by hand , total with original Ioptron counterweight it's  9.7 kg. If you have 7" Mak, 8" catadioptric, that's it,  you need 10 kilos on the other side as the mount tells it by releasing weird sounds , which shows too much unbalance is introduced.

        Also you must balance very carefully telescope side with acccesories, it must remain  in equilibrium , no movement up or down, as mount again introduces unbalance sounds. 

       As i've tested mount only 3 times , still not sure original alignment procedure works as intended, have a feeling it misses by around 30 degrees in azimuth , after initial procedure  you correct position  with handset , tell align and then  no problems.   Due to this , using SkySafari is such a easy task . When observing planets, i did not experience shaking even when putting eye directly onto eypiece, feels sturdy ( maximum available zoom i have now   is x112 ). 

 

       Also you can use Stellarium on your PC, just need to install Ascom platform first  and then it works as intended.

      This mount begs for at least 8"  CC or MAK  and this is the future plan.

       Very happy with mount  !

 

P.S. Sorry for my english, it's not my native language. 

Nice review and I think you've covered almost everything.  In my case I have a small backyard and I have the AZ Mount Pro on a set of Wheeley Bars so that I can roll it outside easily.  I also got the second saddle so that I can operate the mount with an 80 mm APO refactor on one side and a 152 mm Maksutov-Newtonian on the other.  Your English is fine.  


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Posted 04 August 2021 - 08:12 AM

The AZ Pro is a great mount. I love the built in battery and dual saddle capability.
What I’d love even more is if iOptron made a heavy duty version capable of 20kg. 


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Posted 04 August 2021 - 10:15 AM

Dzukielis,

 

If the start up Auto Alignment Wizard is OFF by 30 or more degrees, its possible the built-in GPS board is defective.

 

Contact iOptron Tech support for a replacement GPS board if you AZ is still under its two year warranty. 

 

You can still use the manual aliment, sync process.



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Posted 04 August 2021 - 12:44 PM

Do re-balance if you remove an eyepiece and replace it with a camera?  I suppose you'd have to, right?

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 01:47 PM

I do not replace an eyepiece with a camera

 

However, I usually do not  have to re-balance in ALT when changing eyepieces as the 2" eyepieces I do use most often range in weight from 1 lb. to 1 lb. 7 oz.

 

I DO tighten down on the ALT clutch and my heavy scopes never move by themselves in ALT.


Edited by Xeroid, 04 August 2021 - 01:53 PM.



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