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Old 09-12-2018, 08:56 PM
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:14 AM
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Yep, in Botany, expected delivery Wednesday this week

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Thats awesome mate cant wait to see it up and running
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:29 PM
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Yep, in Botany, expected delivery Wednesday this week

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Fantastic news Mike. This will surely be amongst the best xmas gifts materialising this year and on this planet
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:02 PM
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Old 17-12-2018, 04:13 PM
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Old 17-12-2018, 11:14 PM
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Well...4 of the 5 boxes have arrived over the past week, in two deliveries, the last box however, containing the counterweight shaft and Dec top plate, seems to have gone amiss though I have UPS and OPT on to it so hopefully a happy ending

But...seesh, while I fully expected it...seeing it in the flesh, this mount is an absolute beast and the photos don't do this characteristic justice. A beautiful piece of engineering too though ...a slight element of intimidation is present...and it's a hefty bugger

Lots of fun (frustrating..?) times ahead getting this up and running I can tell

I showed my wife and she rolled her eyes looked at me and said.."So...?..that's a 3 week trip around Europe for us both?".............

Mike
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Old 18-12-2018, 07:54 AM
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Well...4 of the 5 boxes have arrived over the past week ...
Sorry to hear that Mike! Hope it arrives soon. You should have bought a PMEII - it comes in only 2 boxes!!

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I showed my wife and she rolled her eyes looked at me and said.."So...?..that's a 3 week trip around Europe for us both?".............

Mike
Don't worry mate - don't feel guilty - a budget 3 week trip around Europe would set you back at least an AP1600 WITH encoders plus misc other critical accessories.

PS: Looks beautiful!!
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Old 18-12-2018, 08:46 AM
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Hi Mike,

Thank you for the update, hopefully the last box will be delivered shortly.

The mount looks beautiful, a lifetime investment, unlike fleeting 3 weeks in Europe he he. BTW, I spent most of my life in Europe and IMO it is not that awesome as they make it look in ads - Australia is heaps better
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Old 18-12-2018, 09:02 AM
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Sorry to hear that Mike! Hope it arrives soon. You should have bought a PMEII - it comes in only 2 boxes!!
Don't worry mate - don't feel guilty - a budget 3 week trip around Europe would set you back at least an AP1600 WITH encoders plus misc other critical accessories.

PS: Looks beautiful!!
He he thanks Marcus...I woke up during the night and the realisation that there was this dream mount, standing like a bastion of astronomical craftsmanship, on the table in the spare room..compelled me to get up and have a look, I managed to refrain from hugging her though ..not obsessed at all...

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Hi Mike,

Thank you for the update, hopefully the last box will be delivered shortly.

The mount looks beautiful, a lifetime investment, unlike fleeting 3 weeks in Europe he he. BTW, I spent most of my life in Europe and IMO it is not that awesome as they make it look in ads - Australia is heaps better
That's kinda what I said to her (..back, as she walked out of the room ) Slaws....buuuuut it fell on deaf ears....

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Old 18-12-2018, 09:49 AM
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All you need to do Mike is get it up and running, automate it all AND then go on a trip to Europe. Best of both worlds then.
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Old 18-12-2018, 10:44 AM
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Looks awesome. Its a great piece of gear. Roland Christen is the genius in this industry.

That'll set you up for years and years. That NJP though has served you incredibly well.

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Old 18-12-2018, 11:01 AM
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I showed my wife and she rolled her eyes looked at me and said.."So...?..that's a 3 week trip around Europe for us both?".............

Mike
Tell Angie that this will take you around the visible Universe for years to come... then duck and run..... Fast.... and put in a few sidesteps....
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Old 18-12-2018, 11:07 AM
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... I managed to refrain from hugging her though ..not obsessed at all...
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Unacceptable!!!! When you get the last box I expect mount hugging and silly face photos galore
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Old 18-12-2018, 01:42 PM
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Why isn’t there any photos of you dead lifting that magnificent beast?
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Old 18-12-2018, 01:57 PM
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Tell Angie that this will take you around the visible Universe for years to come... then duck and run..... Fast.... and put in a few sidesteps....
She may tie it around his waist and drop him in Lake Burley Griffin...
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Old 18-12-2018, 08:35 PM
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She may tie it around his waist and drop him in Lake Burley Griffin...
This thing is heavy man and the polar assembly sits on the altitude adjuster and relies on the great mass and gravity to keep it stable, so gaining a hand hold to lift it overhead without the thing unhinging would be well a little crazy, so my assesment is I don't think I will try to press it overhead afterall Lewis ...wimp I know..but could be an expensive accident for an ageing has-been....

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Old 19-12-2018, 09:24 PM
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Put it back in it's box and lift it...
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Old 20-12-2018, 12:45 AM
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Nice and hefty looking Mike! Pity it's not RED 😂
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Old 20-12-2018, 09:01 AM
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Old 21-12-2018, 12:05 PM
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Well, it's certainly a little frustrating without the missing bits, I can't really do much. OPT has filed a lost package claim so I will have to be patient now ...but hey, in the meantime I have been getting to know her better . I think this photo of us embracing conveys the scale and size of this beautiful beast of a mount. For comparison, I am 184cm tall and weigh 135kg...can certainly understand how it can handle a 20" RC!

Mike
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