416Re: [William-Optics] Re: GT-ONE First Impressions
- Feb 2, 2001Plug the battery cable into the side of the red button on the polar scope.
It illuminates the scope. Be sure to push it in all the way. I had the same
problem and Herb York explained it to me.
> I 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
> to go.
> 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.
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