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Old 17-03-2014, 05:01 PM
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Best tip would be to start doing all the work around the house so that your wife isn't annoyed when you spend all that time with the new mount/scope!
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Old 17-03-2014, 05:13 PM
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Grant, that's an excellent idea. Check. I've also cleaned the observatory.

On a sad note, we lost Mr Meow on Sunday morning. Two dogs mauled him at the front of our house. I'm real upset. A horrible way for my little mate to go I only mention it here, after my earlier posts regarding him
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Old 19-03-2014, 06:55 AM
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My mount & bits have arrived in Sydney.

FedEx brought the mount in country, and Emo Trans Australia are the domestic freight forwarding company on this occasion. They are arranging for a customs broker to clear the GST/duties on my behalf.

Not long now
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Old 19-03-2014, 06:41 PM
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For any potential AP mount owners following this thread, it goes without saying, but be sure to factor in BIG coin for tax disbursements on arrival in Sydney:

Case in point, for my 8 boxes @ 116KG:

-- clearance/brokerage fees: $99
-- import gst: $1,520
-- customs entry charge: $137
-- bank fees on disbursement: $8
-- merchant surcharge on credit card usage: $35

Hope this info helps with your future AP planning
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Old 20-03-2014, 11:44 PM
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The mount found its happy home Now I'm knackered. This is one big mount!
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Old 20-03-2014, 11:46 PM
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And a few more-

On the 2nd pic, a single counter-weight is almost too much for a measly 8" SCT! The mount screams for bigger scopes!

Thanks for the pics Dennis
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Old 21-03-2014, 12:36 AM
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Congrats Logan, thanks for the pics. That is a beautiful piece of engineering. And yes... you need a bigger scope haha.
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Old 21-03-2014, 02:08 AM
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Looking really great! Now get ready to really spend some $$$$$ on a "proper" scope.

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Old 21-03-2014, 06:03 AM
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And a few more-

On the 2nd pic, a single counter-weight is almost too much for a measly 8" SCT! The mount screams for bigger scopes!

Thanks for the pics Dennis
Mate that is absolutely awesome grats again
It's bigger than I thought ! the c8 should make a good
finderscope now
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Old 21-03-2014, 06:09 AM
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Thanks guys, Marke in particular. Your AP MACH1GTO tour a few years back set this train in motion

Re the Meade 8". You've got it wrong. It's not a telescope. It's the AP's polar scope!
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Old 21-03-2014, 07:04 AM
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Awesome photos, Logan. I was worried you were going to drop it in one of those photos!
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Old 22-03-2014, 09:06 AM
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Awesome photos, Logan. I was worried you were going to drop it in one of those photos!
You and me both. It's whopping big & bloody heavy! The 2nd pic (below) gives a good idea of scale.
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Old 22-03-2014, 09:24 AM
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Looking really great! Now get ready to really spend some $$$$$ on a "proper" scope.

Peter
Scopes come and go. I'm a mount guy

This one is available, here: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...d.php?t=116061
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Old 22-03-2014, 12:24 PM
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Damned thing wouldn't even know my Tak FSQ was there...

I knew they were big, but not THAT darned big! You need one of the special order 8" Tak fracs...
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:50 AM
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During a break in the clouds earlier this week I managed to collect some periodic error (PE) data.

AP warrants that their 1200/1600 sized mounts will be 5 arc-seconds peak-to-peak, or less, BEFORE any correction.

1st pic. My raw data. It looks like 1.6 peak-to-peak.

2nd pic. The correction curve that AP flashed into my mount before shipping.

3rd pic. Corrected PE? TBC...

N.B. I shoot from the suburbs, over rooftops and a main road.
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Wow Logan, great pictures, that's one big mount, looks very impressive and is sure to provide performance to match - as your PE curve suggests already Loved the photo of you bear hug carrying the mount.. reminded me of my past An El Capitan 3600 would have been a cinch then

What scope do you plan on anyway?

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:26 PM
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Wow Logan, great pictures, that's one big mount, looks very impressive and is sure to provide performance to match - as your PE curve suggests already Loved the photo of you bear hug carrying the mount.. reminded me of my past An El Capitan 3600 would have been a cinch then

What scope do you plan on anyway?

Mike
Mike, I'm with you! Anything above an EQ6 mount does require some level of athleticism! These sorts of mounts aren't for the Mr Burns, 60mm refractor types out there

As for your '170kg Husafel Stone' weight class of mount, that would be an El Capitan at the bare minimum! More like a Planewave CDK700!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tasgpoUUa3c
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Old 14-04-2014, 04:08 PM
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Hey guys, another positive AP experience to share. Here's my guide graph. It's a 5 min guided exposure @ image scale of 1.419 arc-sec/pixel. Again, I've got dodgy seeing from the Canberra burbs
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Guide graph?
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Old 14-04-2014, 04:24 PM
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Graphed.

With errors bouncing between +0.2 and -0.2 of a pixel on both x and y, with my image scale @ 1.419 arc-sec/pixel, would this equate to an error in x and y of around +0.28 and -0.28 arc-sec/pixel?
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