Re: [ap-gto] New file uploaded to ap-gto


Aug 29, 2006

 


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#32906 Aug 29, 2006

Looks very nice, congratulations on your new product. I hope that you'll

keep selling your portable piers as well, to keep the most affordable of the

quality options on the market. That Mach 1 is looking ready to sell.



BTW I've been using my 15x70's the last few nights and having a blast. They

are Messier Monsters.



Mike Clemens







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Hi All,



Here is a first picture of the Mach1 production version with the new folding



pier (preproduction version) undergoing PE testing using a 10" SCT. The pier



is brand new, we have no pricing on it at this time. We are working

feverishly

to have these piers available in time to ship with the first mounts as they

become available for sale. The piers are adjustable in height as well as

uneven

ground. There are extensions available which attach to the top to bring the

height from around 30" to 52" for various scopes. The mount/pier combination

is

meant for advanced astrophotography for refractors in the 130/140mm size or

light weight 6"ers, SCTs from 8" to 10"-11" size, Newtonians in the 8"f4-f6

size, depending on weight.



Preliminary testing of random production samples is ongoing right now with

results that are very encouraging. This particular mount has a very smooth

periodic error of +1.6 -1.5 arc seconds (3.1 P-P) with no PEM compensation.

I

suspect that with PEM on, it will track to under 1 arc sec. When I get some

more

data as soon as weather permits, I will post some PEMPro results so you can

see

how smooth the error is.



Rolando



In a message dated 8/29/2006 11:39:09 AM Central Daylight Time,

ap-gto@yahoogroups. mailto:ap-gto%40yahoogroups.com> com writes:

> Hello,

>

> This email message is a notification to let you know that

> a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the ap-gto

> group.

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> File : /New Mount /Mount-Pier1.jpg

> Uploaded by : uncarollo2 chris1011@aol. mailto:chris1011%40aol.com> com>



> Description : Mach1 production version, Pier under test with 10" SCT

>

> You can access this file at the URL:

> groups.

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yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/files/New%20Mount%20/Mount-Pier1.jpg >

> To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:

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#32910 Aug 29, 2006

In a message dated 8/29/2006 1:05:34 PM Central Daylight Time,

kurt_friedrich@... writes:



> With that pier, it looks like it might be possible to

> track all the way past the zenith without doing a

> flip? Does that SCT in fact clear the mount for the

> full 360 deg ? (at your latitude)



To answer that question, I posted another picture in the ap-gto files section

to show the clearance of the scope and mounting parts with the scope

completely under the mount pointing at the opposite horizon. To get even more

clearance I would flip the orientation of the dovetail plate so the knobs point toward

the outside, and also feed the wires from the camera through the axes so they

don't get snagged on anything.



You can access this file at the URL:

groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/files/New%20Mount%20/Mount-Pier2.jpg



Roland Christen





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#32911 Aug 29, 2006

File : /New Mount /Mach1test1-Aug23-06.jpg

Uploaded by : uncarollo2 chris1011@...>

Description : Periodic error curve of production Mach1 as measured with

PEMPro



You can access this file at the URL:



groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/files/New%20Mount%20/Mach1test1-Aug23-06.jpg

















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#32913 Aug 30, 2006

Looks funny without the Setting Circles :)



Bryon

--- In ap-ug@yahoogroups.com, chris1011@... wrote:

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> You can access this file at the URL:

> groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/files/New%20Mount%20/Mount-

Pier2.jpg

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> Roland Christen

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#32915 Aug 30, 2006

I have never used the etting circles on either my AP1200 or my AP900.

I have on occasion used the mounts as 'push-to' with the clutches

loosened off sufficiently but always star-hop with a unit finder, and

fine tune with a 50mm finder if required, to my destination. The rest

of the time, the GTO is feature I want and use. As far as I am

concerned, the Mach1GTO doesn't need setting circles.

Rick.



--- In ap-ug@yahoogroups.com, "Bryon Schwartz" bschwartz@...> wrote:

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> Looks funny without the Setting Circles :)

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> Bryon

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> --- In ap-ug@yahoogroups.com, chris1011@ wrote:

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> > You can access this file at the URL:

> > groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto/files/New%20Mount%20/Mount-

> Pier2.jpg

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> > Roland Christen

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