- Gordon Stewart
- altitude lock
- axis slip
- mount leveling
- working order
I have received all items from order#204383. Everything was well packed and is in good working order. I appreciate your follow through and I understand the logistics troubles with COVID and the political disruption with suppliers. This too shall pass, I hope. I have one issue with alignment. It seems level is critical; is there any process or equipment that might ease this? If you have any info on mount leveling and alignment set up I would appreciate it.. Finally, the altitude lock will not tighten completely resulting axis slip. Slip occurring when scope is not well balanced or when it is accidently nudged. What do you recommend? Thank you again for your follow through. Gordon Stewart
Great Mount with a little hiccup
I am very pleased with the mount and it has truly impressed me with its overall performance for such a small package. It can handle the weight it says but you must be aware that altitude balance is very critical. In this case, I have found that it is better to be slightly objective heavy and then use “gronk” (that means a lot of) torque on the altitude lock and counter weight bar lock. This will reduce any altitude slip, which appears to be the only weakness in this mount when used for its intended purposes and weight class. With a little trimming of the foam that came with the mount, it fits nicely in a Nanuk 935 case with room to spare. So if you are looking for an ultra portable rig for your visual viewing pleasure, look no further!
Ioptron AZ Mount Pro
This is a fantastic mount for visual use. Self contained with WiFi, battery and GPS, this mount is extremely accurate with its gotos and tracking is impeccable. Setup is quick and hassle free. Handles my 20lb. Refractor with ease.
iOptron mount performance
The performance of this little mount is superb for visual use. I’m a visual observer, with little astrophotography experience. Leveling with a tiny circular bubble level is a bit of a challenge. Initial leveling with tripod legs extension first is helpful, followed by adding the telescope(s) and accessories, then leveling a second time with three level screws at the base of the mount. Balancing the telescope payload is important. I use a piece of masking tape to mark the center of gravity on my telescope tube positioning next to the Dovetail saddle. After the mount acquires orientation, check to be sure the bubble level is centered. Pointing and guiding has been very good. Occasionally the mount fails to point accurately. Level again, if necessary, turn it off/on and do alignment again. Overall my experience with this mount is very satisfying and hassle-free.