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hi,is there any avalon M-zero users? plz share your experience with it , bad or good

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#1 dingxinyang

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 01:22 PM

i am looking for a portable mount for my epsilon 160ed , the total weight of OTA, camera and other accessories weighs about 10kg.

 

just wonder could M-zero handle this weight?

whats your average rms you could get from this mount?

since MULTI STARs guiding has been released for a while, will this mount be benefit from this method?

 

thank you

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#2 OctansLab

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 07:56 PM

Hi Ding .. 

 

I have the M-zero and I mainly use it with a William Optics GTF102 refractor at around 6 kg. I think on the Avalon site there are case studies with scopes around the 10kg range that are guided successfully.

 

The other night I was using with PHD2 with  multi star and had guiding at .49". I generally run subs at 5 mins with nice round stars. 

 

I have never had issues with troublesome PHD2 calibrations or issues with backlash

 

The mount is beautifully machined and finished and all I can say is "it just works" and I have never had issues with troublesome PHD2 calibrations or issues with backlash.

 

The StarGo software is also straight foreward to use. The guide graph was taken before multi-star was implemented

 

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Edited by OctansLab, 05 August 2021 - 07:59 PM.

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#3 herwig_p

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Posted 09 August 2021 - 03:44 PM

Hi Ding,

I use the m-zero as portable mount with the Tak Epsilon 130ED and it works great! Not sure, how much heavier the 160 is?

From all my mounts this is the most clever engineered one, I find. Especially the altitude/azimuth adjustment mechanism for polar alignment is so precise that it beats my 10Micron. Using Sharpcap, I am polar aligned to 10 arcseconds easily (or better) within 2 minutes! No meridian flip required is a bonus, albeit nowadays not so important any more. Guiding is good and necessary, good balancing is required but easy to achieve! the T-pod tripod is excellence as well.

 

Having said that, I just got my RST-135E and find it just astonishing compact. Have to test it yet with my Epsilon, but if it is as good as it looks, it might replace the m-zero as portable travel mount! Will seeā€¦!

 

CS Herwig


Edited by herwig_p, 09 August 2021 - 03:45 PM.



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