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Offline Scotty H

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10 Micron GM1000HPS
« on: 20:33:57, 13 March, 2014 »
Just recently ordered one of these puppies www.iankingimaging.com/show_product.php?id=1287 Hopefully will be delivered early next week. Unboxing pics and first light report to follow :D. Just missed out on one of these mounts with a very nice Particle Wave Pinnacle pier tripod...oh well. Ordered the mount with Geoptik tripod, 6kg and 3kg counter weights, balanced 24v mains power supply and GPS module. Ooooohhh I cant wait......AND IT BETTER NOT BLOODY WELL RAIN :pirate:

Scott
Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #1 on: 22:04:20, 13 March, 2014 »
Gud on ya Scott, Lovely bit of kit. It would be fair to say that I may be turning a little bit green with envy - to be fair I do not have a obs so it would be a bit of a waste. I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Lucky fella.

Ian
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #2 on: 22:09:53, 13 March, 2014 »
It's an excellent mount by all accounts so we expect nothing less than perfect images being posted from now on. :)

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #3 on: 23:57:07, 13 March, 2014 »
Cheers Ian

Chris....No pressure then :scare:

Scott
Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
Processing: Pixinsight, PS CS6, DSS,
Capture: APT especially now it runs SBIG cameras, BYEOS

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #4 on: 07:58:35, 14 March, 2014 »
Scott

I'm sure you will be very happy with that. It was on my list when I bought the MX and it almost came down to tossing a coin as to which won out.

Chris
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #5 on: 09:33:13, 14 March, 2014 »
now that's a nice bit of kit. 

any rain and your to blame

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #6 on: 22:40:58, 18 March, 2014 »
Not in the slightest bit jealous............honest  ;) I`d love something like this but it ain`t ever going to happen!!!

Alan  :D
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #7 on: 19:14:44, 26 March, 2014 »
Some pics of the new toy

Hope to get it outside and do some testing at the weekend, weather permitting of course. Couldn't help myself so set it up in my gadget cave and had a quick slew around. This thing is very smooth and quiet (remember I'm used to the classic CGEM coffee grinder sound)
 
The Geoptik Hercules tripod has some very nice features including double clamping legs and comes with its own carry bag with the 10 Micron logo on it. Attached my 80mm setup to the mount and manually balanced. There is an electronic balance routine in the handbox which i'll have a play with this evening. The handbox is nice and big with a positive feel to the buttons. I found the menu system intuitive and easy to navigate (a la bloke style: also called not reading the instructions)

One thing I really do like is having the separate control box with the single control cable to the mount. Handbox, power and control cable connectors are of the screw in Din type. There is also RS232, LAN, ST4, Aux and GPS connections available on the control box. Anyway off to have some tea and then play some more

TTFN
Scott
Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
Processing: Pixinsight, PS CS6, DSS,
Capture: APT especially now it runs SBIG cameras, BYEOS

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #8 on: 20:19:41, 26 March, 2014 »
NICE!

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #9 on: 12:55:14, 27 March, 2014 »
Turning into the Hulk as I type Pmsl  :laugh:

Alan  :D
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #10 on: 22:48:20, 27 March, 2014 »
A couple more pics showing the Dec/RA balance routine results. Apparently 0.4% or under is what's needed. Running the routine after a manual balance I was at 0.7%RA and 0.8%Dec. I guess you can be as finicky as you like with this routine :nerd:
Also connected to the mount through the LAN connection. Didn't work at first until I realised I hadn't changed the TCP/IP address in the HBX and Ascom driver to my laptops network address. I'm a dopey booger sometimes :embarrass:  So anyhoo I can now speak to the mount with the virtual keypad and also The Sky X, though CdC doesn't like it and keeps crashing.

Scott

Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
Processing: Pixinsight, PS CS6, DSS,
Capture: APT especially now it runs SBIG cameras, BYEOS

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #11 on: 22:57:15, 27 March, 2014 »
Very sexy bit of kit 8) Lucky fella, enjoy. I may (well, probably not) have something like this in time :laugh:

Ian
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Scopes: SW 150P Newt, ST80, Celestron C8 XLT, TAL 100RS / PST Stage 2 Mod & BF10, SW 300PDS (soon to be on a Dob Mount)
Cameras: SPC900, QHY5, Canon 450D, DMK31AU03.AS
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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #12 on: 11:20:49, 28 March, 2014 »
So this mount doesn't need to be east/nose heavy ?
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Offline Scotty H

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #13 on: 20:47:59, 28 March, 2014 »
So this mount doesn't need to be east/nose heavy ?

From what I have read it appears not. It seems as in east/nose heavy to keep worm wheel/gear drivetrain engaged properly is all compensated for. The 10 micron HPS system apparently uses the motor encoders in conjunction with the absolute encoders which are mounted directly on the RA/Dec axis output shafts to compensate for any mechanical errors in the drive train. ie backlash, periodic error.  The drive train uses servo motors with timing belt reduction and worm wheel/gears. Proof will be in the pudding as they say when I get it outside to test. I have done the highly technical test of wiggling the RA and Dec axis and couldn't feel any slop.;)

On another note when the mount is tracking it exhibits an unusual high pitch noise from the servo motors. I found out that this is by design as the encoders are constantly adjusting the motors. Its not particularly obtrusive but its there. It also may be amplified because I'm indoors.

Here's hoping for decent weather tomorrow
Scott 
Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
Processing: Pixinsight, PS CS6, DSS,
Capture: APT especially now it runs SBIG cameras, BYEOS

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Re: 10 Micron GM1000HPS
« Reply #14 on: 20:44:49, 08 April, 2014 »
Ok giving the new rig its first light tonight..... To say I'm a bit excited is a bit of an understatement :D

A few pics of the setup outside finally. Going to have to keep an eye out for the washing line. Will be trying some visual to start with and if all goes well with alignment etc I will attach the SBIG for some unguided imaging. Also will be using APT as it now controls SBIG cameras

Scott

 
Mounts: 10 Micron GM1000HPS, Celestron CGEM
Scopes: Boren-Simon 8"CF Powernewt, Meade 5000 80mm Apo, Meade 8" ACF SCT
Cameras/Filters: SBIG STF8300, SX CFW7 LRGB, Ha, SII, OIII, Canon 1100Da, Astronomik Ha, Cls, QHY5
Processing: Pixinsight, PS CS6, DSS,
Capture: APT especially now it runs SBIG cameras, BYEOS

 

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