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  1. That tapered barrel what I like about them (easy in easy out) :)
  2. Hi I posted in DIY a solution for Polemaster (and Astrotrac maybe) to be right in the RA axis. This covers cameras, mounts and DIY... so I am confused about where this should be posted. Spoiler...
  3. Hi This is about my adventures with my Polemaster and GIRO MINI It is about mounts but also about DIY. More info here. The final "product".
  4. Btw, I also upgraded my DEC and RA screw to a more modern look :). Unplanned it helped a lot with my mod. I wanted this too look "stock" and professional made, not something made up in a haste to a solution. The wait time for the parts (1 month for headless crews, RA & DEC upgrade, red nuts) was worth it (from alliexpress china). 1. Barely clearance between the PM red nut and the blue RA screw (hence the second attempt and drills). The original screws of the AZEQ5 plate are now screwed in the old holes... a nice place to keep them handy, just in case.. 2. Told you my upgraded blue RA screw gave me a nice surprise... clearance to my fingers to access the red nut easily. 2. 3. One red nut out, the headless screw revealed. 4. Oops, no clearance to take out the PM adapter... wait... 5. .. voila, kudos for the upgraded RA nut and its clearance. 6. Both headless screws revealed. Notice they are at the very edge of the MiniGiro. 7. Ready for the PM to be put back in the case... or ready for a session of visual stargazing (no polar align needed). You may see that the DEC got a new blue lever too An easy DIY mod to ensure the PM is right in the axis, using another PM official adapter and couple of parts (about 20$ total) which also looks nice to look at. Feel free to ask any questions about parts or the procedure.
  5. UPDATE take 2. I realized it is too much hassle with an imbus (how we call torx) in the dark , and that aluminum holes are not very resilient against a lot of (ab)useing with strew/unscrew every time. So I planed to put a permanent headless screw in on which I will use a nut. The problem was my goles were too close to the RA lever and was blocking it. Time to another set of holes... 1 hour later was done.
  6. This is how it looks in RL (ignore the mess... I was doing some tests/ reorganising my backpack) I will post how this works as soon as the rain stops
  7. I started a thread based on this idea here.
  8. Hi So this thread will cover in fact PoleMaster, Astrotrac and GiroMini because this is my setup.I bought the PM (PoleMaster) since the Astrotrac has a fail polar scope (no matter how you fiddle about it), and of course the dedicated adapter to mount PM on the AT (Astrotrac) arm. PM is a real joy to use, but somehow I suspect the AT polar arm has some "issues", so I bought another PM adapter for AZEQ5 and mount it right on the GM (GiroMini).It was based on another suggestion I made to a fellow astronomer, but nobody did it. Long story short, below the new adapter in place. I am certain this is as close to the rotation axis as it can be. The plan is to replace those M3 screws with M3 thumb screws in the future for easy setup and not to have the PM there when I don't use it. I will post more pictures "in the wild" and on site results ,but now the clouds are here because my new ES 82° eyepieces also arrived
  9. Apparently I am in the bandwagon of BAD experience from Altairastro. Ordered 2 ES eyepieces , money taken , no product shipped and no answer , email or calls. Is like they don't exist anymore. I am reporting them to EUROPOL as a scam site. It is unacceptable to play dead on others money. UPDATE 1: Ian contacted me via his personal email (after putting messages in a bottle on FB and here), telling my eyepieces are on back order. He said that he send replies to my emails sent via the Contact page but I receive none. I hope they fix this communication issue because soon people will stop shopping there. That phone number nobody answers and all this email/junk/spam thing. Others don't have this problem so it is fixable. UPDATE 2: The eyepieces arrived, only a week delay. Could be worst, but also could be better
  10. Are you guiding the Atrotrac? I always pot the polar arm of Atrotrac in the "click" position, never in between.
  11. First test... on the polar arm is unconvincing. I had a small oval stars, for 2 min exposure with a 80/560 refractor, reduced at f5, prime exposure, not sure if it is from PM, the arm or it's me :). The align procedure was done 3 times always with the same affect, a bit of oblong stars... but the freezing was too much at 3 am so I gave up I used a Mabook pro 15" retina from 2012 with win in virtual machine (Paralles Descktop). What I don't like about PM: -Mac version has a problem with retina screens (not with regular ones)... most of Macs are retina and will be retina.. helooo -Mac version won't show the template circles... WHAT??!! -Win version has lower fps than Mac, like 5 fps ... figure that! Yes games are working perfect, high fps in WM but apparently not PM software. -to position the cursor EXACTLY in the center of a star is very hard, I had to enable mouse keys to move it with small increments via keyboard. The PM is a great tool just because the I reduced the align procedure from 20min to 2-3 min. So far I managed to get max 3min with the polar scope, but after a lot of time spent in the dreaded "Z position"... and not every time, hit and miss mostly. Next time I ill report it, the PM will be on the RA axis. Made a blueprint for an arm that will attach to my MiniGiro (I need to find a shop to CNC it), and I will use the cap of the adapter (NEQ6 adapter) with a center hole drilled for RA locking lever to pass through to lock the new arm to the GiroMini. This will allow me to rotate the new arm around the RA axis for the align procedure (via a grub screw) without rotating the telescope so the balance will be the same. I will not use the AZEQ5 because my new arm will give me the freedom of rotation Astroctrac arm does, and because is cheaper (50€ vs 10€ mine)
  12. Well it is good to know there is "plan B", aka PM near the RA axis. I will test and report back once the clouds are gone. One thing to keep in mind about polar arm... it has some clicks at different positions.. maybe if the arm is "between clicks" it is pushed out of perfect alignment by the small clicking pin. I will try to see if there are any differences at the clicks vs the arm somewhere in between them.
  13. If the polar arm will fail me (I heard some stories...), I am planning to use another adapter, drill 2 holes into my Giro Mini and bolted there near the RA axis. (see my past bad photoshop proposal:). Hmmm.. this gives me an idea..."fires up CAD software".. brb
  14. Well new toy, new clouds I got my PM from China under a great discount and Fedex-ed for free at my door (240€ including adapter) I chose the NEQ6 adapter as one fellow astronomer suggested it would fit and.. it does fit indeed My AT was "sleeping" in my g'n'g backpack... I woke it up to take the pictures True about the grub screws tho... they are pressing the edge ot the AT polar arm hole not perfectly on the inside .
  15. Great neaws, Astrotrac adapter is not that common to find. Could you post a picture or two how it would look like while fitting to the polar arm? What grubsrews? thx
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