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bluesman81

Mesu Mount

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Hi all

Just took the plunge and ordered a Mesu Mount 200. Has anyone had any experience with these???

Any foibles that people know about???

When it arrives, i shall try to do an in depth review, and if it works out, then my NEQ6 pro will be up for grabs!!!!! :grin:

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St4 cable required for guiding.

If you press the slew button, top row of buttons left one, to manually slew it remember to change back to guide by pressing the right hand button or it won't guide. Guiding turned off whilst fast slew selected.

To retain alignment keep the argo navis powered..

It won't track until you have done an alignment. Do a 1 star alignment and all your targets will be centered.

Balance with power to motors off.

To stop tracking flick the switch to off.

Connect your st4 cable to Aux/ag socket.

Errr...cant think of anything else at present!

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Someone has started a yahoo group for 200 owners.

We can exchange expiriences there :D

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If you find any cool tricks or tips let me know :D

I have just aligned and imaged, not really played with anything else.

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Lo and behold, stopped at tesco on my way home from the obby and picked up astronomy now and there's an in depth review of the mesu....

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Can this mount be controlled by software (eg ASCOM / EQMOD / MaximDL / Stellarium) in the same way say the EQ6 is? Or do you have to use the control boxes exclusively for mount control? Is there any sort of PC control?

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You can do basic goto and nothing else. There is an ascom driver and it works with a few quirks.

You can't turn off tracking with it or park.

There is an updated driver under developement which should have a park feature.

At the moment it's not a mount for an automated observatory.

Just remember that what you are getting is a mount that always puts the target on the ccd then tracks with a low pe enabling 5s guiding with no stress involved and no lost subs-

I'll post on here when i manage to get an updated firmware.

There is no guiding via ascom it's all via st4.

See my review under the equipments section for more info.

Edited by ncjunk

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It's possible to equip this mount with a Sitech controller from Sidereal Technology. Then the mount can be fully automated with a PC, just ask Lucas about it.

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The servocat update will have a park, tracking on off and goto so should be ok. I don't know when it is due though.

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Here's a silly question. Do you know how much room it needs with something like a 130mm Refractor mounted on it ?

I only have a six foot by six foot obsy with ROR with a fork mounted 10" SCT on a pier this can swing around easily without hitting anything

Does anyone know if a Mesu and refractor would need more room ?

Dave

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I'm sure someone will provide the real dimensions here. From what I recall seing one it is probably the most compact mount in its class. The friction drive assembly is a very compact solution.

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