Re: 1200GTO First Dark


Jul 19, 2004

 


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#10348 Jul 19, 2004

Hi all -



Having a blast unpacking the 4 boxes that arrived this afternoon and

setting everything up in my living room. (OK, hardly everything -

Robin Casady doo-dads and a Monolith pier from PWT are still on

their way.) What's here is impressive however, and it's fun just

slewing from the litter box to the newel post.



Three questions:



I've been assuming (perhaps naively) that I wouldn't need a polar

alignment scope. I found the scope quite useful with my G-11 mind

you, but for some reason I came to idea they were less essential

with these GTO mounts. Now that I'm actually r(eading)t.f.m. I'm

starting to question my earlier, dubious conclusions. What do you

all think? I won't be doing any imaging right away but my scope is

a fairly long 3700mm and I set up from scratch every time I go out.



I got a CD copy of PulseGuide, but I don't see any Digital Sky

Voice. Is it still included? I don't plan to use a laptop right

away but eventually it could be fun to drive the scope with The Sky

and DSV.



I know the issue of cases has been beat to death, but I haven't

heard if the new, taller polar forks would require a different case

from Scopeguard. Has anyone looked into this?



Thanks for any advice - and thank you A-P for the great good times

ahead!



Rob Hunt



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#10349 Jul 20, 2004

Hi Rob,



DigitalSky Voice is still available and in stock, but is not included with the mount. Give us a call when your laptop is ready.



Clear skies,

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc.

11250 Forest Hills Road

Rockford, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

Please include this e-mail with your response.



>-----Original Message-----

>From: Robert [mailto:turtlepig@...]

>Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 1:55 AM

>To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com

>Subject: [ap-gto] 1200GTO First Dark

>

>

>Hi all -

>

>Having a blast unpacking the 4 boxes that arrived this afternoon and

>setting everything up in my living room. (OK, hardly everything -

>Robin Casady doo-dads and a Monolith pier from PWT are still on

>their way.) What's here is impressive however, and it's fun just

>slewing from the litter box to the newel post.

>

>Three questions:

>

>I've been assuming (perhaps naively) that I wouldn't need a polar

>alignment scope. I found the scope quite useful with my G-11 mind

>you, but for some reason I came to idea they were less essential

>with these GTO mounts. Now that I'm actually r(eading)t.f.m. I'm

>starting to question my earlier, dubious conclusions. What do you

>all think? I won't be doing any imaging right away but my scope is

>a fairly long 3700mm and I set up from scratch every time I go out.

>

>I got a CD copy of PulseGuide, but I don't see any Digital Sky

>Voice. Is it still included? I don't plan to use a laptop right

>away but eventually it could be fun to drive the scope with The Sky

>and DSV.

>

>I know the issue of cases has been beat to death, but I haven't

>heard if the new, taller polar forks would require a different case

>from Scopeguard. Has anyone looked into this?

>

>Thanks for any advice - and thank you A-P for the great good times

>ahead!

>

>Rob Hunt

>

>

>

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>

>

>

>

>



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#10351 Jul 20, 2004

Hi Robert,

The polar alignment scope is handy during the initial setup. Using

it gets one quite close to polar alignment. A drift alignment is

still required for imaging. Some have had good results using Polar

Align Max, which greatly simplifies and speeds up the procedure. It

has not worked well for me, giving slightly different results each

time I use it. Since you setup your mount each time, the PAS would

be very helpful.



Regards,

Gary

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" turtlepig@y...> wrote:

> Hi all -

>

> Having a blast unpacking the 4 boxes that arrived this afternoon

and

> setting everything up in my living room. (OK, hardly everything -



> Robin Casady doo-dads and a Monolith pier from PWT are still on

> their way.) What's here is impressive however, and it's fun just

> slewing from the litter box to the newel post.

>

> Three questions:

>

> I've been assuming (perhaps naively) that I wouldn't need a polar

> alignment scope. I found the scope quite useful with my G-11 mind

> you, but for some reason I came to idea they were less essential

> with these GTO mounts. Now that I'm actually r(eading)t.f.m. I'm

> starting to question my earlier, dubious conclusions. What do you

> all think? I won't be doing any imaging right away but my scope

is

> a fairly long 3700mm and I set up from scratch every time I go out.

>

> I got a CD copy of PulseGuide, but I don't see any Digital Sky

> Voice. Is it still included? I don't plan to use a laptop right

> away but eventually it could be fun to drive the scope with The

Sky

> and DSV.

>

> I know the issue of cases has been beat to death, but I haven't

> heard if the new, taller polar forks would require a different

case

> from Scopeguard. Has anyone looked into this?

>

> Thanks for any advice - and thank you A-P for the great good times

> ahead!

>

> Rob Hunt







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#10352 Jul 20, 2004

Robert,

I have my 1200GTO permanently mounted in my observatory. I didn't have

a polar alignment scope and used the polar alignment instructions for

rough alignment then drifted the mount in the rest of the way.



This was something I found acceptable for the observatory but would not

want to do it in the field every time I set-up the mount. In that case,

I'd buy and use the polar alignment scope.



On a similar note. I have the G-11 with the alignment scope. I'm

thinking about having a friend do some machine shop work for me to adapt

it to the 1200 GTO. I have an older AP1200 mount I may want to use in

the field (if I don't sell it).



- Steve



-----Original Message-----

From: Robert [mailto:turtlepig@...]

Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 1:55 AM

To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [ap-gto] 1200GTO First Dark



Hi all -



Having a blast unpacking the 4 boxes that arrived this afternoon and

setting everything up in my living room. (OK, hardly everything -

Robin Casady doo-dads and a Monolith pier from PWT are still on

their way.) What's here is impressive however, and it's fun just

slewing from the litter box to the newel post.



Three questions:



I've been assuming (perhaps naively) that I wouldn't need a polar

alignment scope. I found the scope quite useful with my G-11 mind

you, but for some reason I came to idea they were less essential

with these GTO mounts. Now that I'm actually r(eading)t.f.m. I'm

starting to question my earlier, dubious conclusions. What do you

all think? I won't be doing any imaging right away but my scope is

a fairly long 3700mm and I set up from scratch every time I go out.



I got a CD copy of PulseGuide, but I don't see any Digital Sky

Voice. Is it still included? I don't plan to use a laptop right

away but eventually it could be fun to drive the scope with The Sky

and DSV.



I know the issue of cases has been beat to death, but I haven't

heard if the new, taller polar forks would require a different case

from Scopeguard. Has anyone looked into this?



Thanks for any advice - and thank you A-P for the great good times

ahead!



Rob Hunt







To UNSUBSCRIBE, or for general information on the ap-gto list

see groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto

Yahoo! Groups Links



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#10353 Jul 20, 2004

I think Rob Gendler still relies on "marks on the concrete" along

with some fine tuning using the polar scope to get an alignment

accurate enough for his "long" imaging sessions. After all, as long

as you can go for 10+ minutes without field rotation, then any field

rotation that occurs from one exposure to another is almost like

a "built in dithering function". Actually may help s/n in the long

run g>.



Randy Nulman



--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Gary Burk" garyburk@h...> wrote:

> Hi Robert,

> The polar alignment scope is handy during the initial setup.

Using

> it gets one quite close to polar alignment. A drift alignment is

> still required for imaging. Some have had good results using

Polar

> Align Max, which greatly simplifies and speeds up the procedure.

It

> has not worked well for me, giving slightly different results each

> time I use it. Since you setup your mount each time, the PAS

would

> be very helpful.

>

> Regards,

> Gary

>

> --- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" turtlepig@y...> wrote:

> > Hi all -

> >

> > Having a blast unpacking the 4 boxes that arrived this afternoon

> and

> > setting everything up in my living room. (OK, hardly

everything -

>

> > Robin Casady doo-dads and a Monolith pier from PWT are still on

> > their way.) What's here is impressive however, and it's fun

just

> > slewing from the litter box to the newel post.

> >

> > Three questions:

> >

> > I've been assuming (perhaps naively) that I wouldn't need a

polar

> > alignment scope. I found the scope quite useful with my G-11

mind

> > you, but for some reason I came to idea they were less essential

> > with these GTO mounts. Now that I'm actually r(eading)t.f.m.

I'm

> > starting to question my earlier, dubious conclusions. What do

you

> > all think? I won't be doing any imaging right away but my scope

> is

> > a fairly long 3700mm and I set up from scratch every time I go

out.

> >

> > I got a CD copy of PulseGuide, but I don't see any Digital Sky

> > Voice. Is it still included? I don't plan to use a laptop

right

> > away but eventually it could be fun to drive the scope with The

> Sky

> > and DSV.

> >

> > I know the issue of cases has been beat to death, but I haven't

> > heard if the new, taller polar forks would require a different

> case

> > from Scopeguard. Has anyone looked into this?

> >

> > Thanks for any advice - and thank you A-P for the great good

times

> > ahead!

> >

> > Rob Hunt







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