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418Re: [William-Optics] Re: GT-ONE First Impressions

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  • Bob Schmall
    Feb 2, 2001
      It's sticking out from the bottom end of the polar scope. The hole is
      located in one of the flat sides. It's small, so look carefully.

      Bob

      Whodat wrote:

      > I didnt see a red button, but I did see a hole in the top of the
      > polar alignment scope. It was not red though. Maybe I need to look
      > under it or something. I will check that this afternoon when I get
      > home.
      >
      > --- In William-Optics@y..., Bob Schmall <bschmall@e...> wrote:
      > > Plug 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.
      > >
      > > Bob
      > >
      > > Whodat wrote:
      > >
      > > > 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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