415Re: GT-ONE First Impressions
- Feb 2, 2001I unpacked my new mount last night and let me say that you might want
to do this in an empty room. I probably have peanuts that I wont find
untill christmas of next year.
The mount was extremly easy to set up and starting with the tripod
you can see it is very heavy duty. The finish on the tripod is great
too. one thing is though that the tripod is not adjustable in height.
This is a good thing in my oppinion because it makes the tripod more
stable because its one piece. The drawback may be that if you have a
real large scope you can't adjust the height. Im not complaining
though just reporting the facts. Im happy with mine just like it is.
There are only three screws to insert and the tripod is up and ready.
Next you place the EQ head on the tripod and spend a good 10 minutes
looking for the screw to lock it down, only to find that the screw is
permanently mounted in the top part of the tripod. How cool. No need
to look for a screw that you have dropped on the ground at 3:00 am
when your packing to go home and your hands are so numb that you cant
feel the screw. In just a few minutes the whole thing is up and ready
When you attach the cables the grey one goes up top and the black one
goes down bottom. As you might suspect its a good Idea to attach all
cables before applying power. I want to recomend at this point that
you read the directions sent with the mount from william. I tried to
skip this very important step and it nearly cost me my mind.
First I will tell you what happens when you do skip this step. the
motors shutter or vibrate back and forth sometimes and even refuse to
move as if locked up. Second when they do work they dont point in the
right direction. ie.... read the instructions. I was sure that
somehow I had gotten a bad apple out of the bunch but when I started
reading the manual supplied with the SS2kPC I found that some motors
need to be set at a 3 in setup or they will shutter. What do you
know. The shuttering stopped. then I found the manual I was supposed
to read the first time and guess what it said. set the motors at 3.
and it gave me the proper settings for some other RA and DEc stuff
that made the mount start pointing right. It's worth note that
william made these motors himself and therefore all the default
settings for motors etc... that come with SS2kPC dont work properly.
Some of us have to learn things the hard way though. The cool thing
is after proper setup and polar alignment you can goto your first
star without having to align. weird.
Another few notes on the polar alignment scope. it seems to be of
good qality but Ive not figured this one out yet. There is a battery
box that appears to contain two AA batteries with an extension cord.
I think that this is for the polar alignment scope but I cant find
where to insert it. I am looking for someone who might know where to
put the darned thing or did william somehow drop this in my box and
it has nothing to do with my scope at all. oh well someone more
knowledgeable will tell me before tonight. The alignment scope has a
focus adjustment and can turn 360 degrees. seems good enough. Ive
never used one though so I will be a good test of how easy it is. As
a matter of fact this is the first goto mount i have ever owned and
the first German EQ mount I have ever owned so Im a good candidate
for finding the stupid mistakes.
Overall the mount is very nice and I like the white except that it
seems to pick up the grease from the mount quite easily. not a
problem just making notes. I personally love this mount so far and it
seems to work as advertised, however I have not yet gotten the pier
adjusted so that I can mount it in the observatory. I did manage to
get my 5" mak-newt attached last night but I was not able to test it.
I took some pictures that I hope to post since theres not a lot of
info yet on this mount. I cant tell you how large it is. It makes
other mounts look like toys. and I am certainly proud to own it. you
know the commercial lexus made where the guy was standing out in his
yard with his pj's on at 3:00 am looking at his lexus with his jaw
dropped. Well that was me. I will post some pics once the sky is
clear and the mount is in its permanent home.
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>