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Northernlight

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About Northernlight

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    Ccd Imaging, Skiing, Diving, DIY Electronics, A nice cold beer on a hot day.
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  1. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    For me i would like to see real world comparison vs the Mesu 200, not because of the design, but purely based on the cost as the Mesu 200 is going to be very similar in cost by the time you factor in an €1000+ euro for the stainless steel and encoder upgrades, not to mention further potential upgrade costs for the SiTech controller if they can't get the FreeGo system to work. So my interest is purely a cost vs performance comparison, and my gut feeling is that final cost is going to end up so close to the Mesu that there might be very little to separate it from the Mesu. I think if they can get the absolute encoders to work properly, even if the price was the same as the Mesu, then that would be the saving Grace. The absolute encoders would be enough to set it apart from tbe mesu and potentially make it a better option. I would like to see them pull it off to also give the likes of ASA and 10 Micron some competition. I think mark needs to be smart here a launch 2 different products : A base model at a lower price point to take on tbe EQ8 and ioptoron mount and a pro model with the stainless & absolute encoder upgrade to take on Mesu. I think if he can do that, then he will take market by storm provided the mount is reliable. Rich.
  2. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    RayD, Of the 2 different drive technologies used by the mesu & ogem, in an ideal world where both work to the best of their abilities, does one have any distinct advantage over the other ?
  3. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    Whirlwind, not wanting to sound harsh, but i dont recall seeing JTW proving any proof of performance, even from the prototype unit. Are far as i am aware, they have not shared in information about testing thus far, e.g. no tracking, no pointing and no guiding perormance screen prints. So as much as i hate to say it, i believe the mount to still be very much "Untested" I think they are at the point where they have tested the mechanical side and made some changes, but not the electronics / control system. If think they are still trying to Resolve the FreeGo issues and only then once they get their hands on a reliable control system will they start to properly test the mount under thre stars and publish the realworld results. If they had of already done this testing, i'm pretty sure they would have made a big point about sharing it and the reality of the situation is that they will get it the best they can before release, but early adopters will very much be the Beta Testers and they wont be the first to do this...........Anyone Remeber when ASA launched their mounts ?
  4. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    I like the way his email says everything is on schedule, i certainly gave me a chuckle.
  5. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    Dont get me wrong......I'm rooting for Mark to succeed and can't wait to see this mount come to market. I just think that if the Freego system isn't working out or is being delayed indefinately then they need to scrap the FreeGo solution and focus on the tried and tested SiTech controller system. I think they just need to be honest with their customers and say the FreeGo system isn't working out and that they want to chnage to the Sitech Solution. If there is an increased costs to the customer they have to present the additional costs and then give the customer the option of agreeing the the extra costs or a refund. The problem is that i think they are a bit trapped as i dont think they have the money available to offer refunds as all the money from the earlybird orders went into paying for the tooling and Raw materials. Lets hope they find a solution soon.
  6. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    Dahe. I disagree somewhat. I think mark has a duty to keep his customers updated on a reular basis even if there is no progress. Not updating customers results in mistrust and damage to your reputation which in reality is the last thing you want if you are a new player trying to bring a new product to market. I was initially very keen on this mount and very nearly went for the early bird deal, but i was a bit nervous
  7. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    Hi Ray, My mistake i thought the ogem worked in the same way as the mesu. If its belt driven, does it mean it's closer to the mechanics of a avalon mount ?
  8. Northernlight

    Anyone using an OGEM mount??

    I believe the ogem will be covered in like the mesu, so shouldn't be too much of an issue, but the key issue is that we wont know until people start actually receiving their mounts. I think JTW has put itself in a tricky position here. They have to either solve the issues with the planned FreeGo2 system quickly or switch to the SiTech control system. If they switch to the SiTech control system, will they still be able to use the same absolute encoder options at the same price points ? If they cant then they have nothing to differentiate their mount from the tried & tested mesu. I would love to see this mount launch soon as it helps to promote healthy competition which in turn helps to drive innovation. If anyone from the uk purchased one of these mounts direct from jtw, i would also be worried about the impending brexit, as this could potentially have ramifications on import taxes not to mention loosing a lot of your legal rights if you had any issues with your mount. Rich.
  9. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    What can i say, i'm an armchair astronomer. I prefer the warmth of my bed and sleep rather than standing in the freezing cold keeping an eye on things. One word "RAIN"...... This is why i automated my shed. Now i juxt want to upgrade it to be more reliable
  10. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    So just wondering if anyone on the forum is using a gate opener to open their roof ? As there is no way that i can think to fit it without completely disassembly of the gate opener.
  11. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    Rusted, for me it's a case of closing the shed in the event of rain whilst I'm asleep during an imaging session.
  12. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    Thanks Hugh, I did originally look at that as i already have a vellerman board in the garage, but then i found something called an IPX800 V3 for around €180. Its a web enabled box full of relays, with a few digital and analog inputs which has an ascom driver. http://gce-electronics.com/en/home/57-web-relay-board-control-ipx800-v3.html Looks like it might be a good neat option, which i can use to control the roof as well as independently controlling the power to my dew heaters, camera, mount and PC in the shed. Just need to speak to tbe guy who developed the ascom driver to see if he can assist integrating some functionality to park the mount and close the shed if the rain sensor detects rain
  13. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    Olly, do you have any photo's you could share of how you mounted your gate opener as I'm struggling to think of how i could mount it in my shed. Also what are you using to automate the shed roof with Ascom. Cheers, Rich.
  14. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    Well it looks like i found a suitable solution on amazon. 4m of track plus the gate opener motor for £160. Nlw to figure out how i would mount / position the motor unit https://www.amazon.co.uk/FORAVER-Automatic-Operator-Electric-Residential/dp/B07D8SHRB3/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1546296023&sr=8-4&keywords=sliding+gate+opener
  15. Northernlight

    Uk Rack & pinion suppliers

    Hi peter, I had considered a garage door opener, but wasn't sure how i would cut the track to size to retrofit it.
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