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422RE: [William-Optics] Re: GT-ONE First Impressions

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  • Ron Wodaski
    Feb 2, 2001
      I took a picture of the polar scope and posted it here:

      http://www.buytelescopes.com/manufacturers/wyo/images/polar-detail.jpg

      I uploaded the image to the egroup file area as well; a message about that
      will appear separately.

      Ron Wodaski
      The New CCD Astronomy
      http://www.newastro.com

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Whodat [mailto:icstars_38_male@...]
      Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 5:59 AM
      To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [William-Optics] Re: GT-ONE First Impressions


      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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