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Rowan AZ100 Mount Owners Thread


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Good value (but perhaps not quite flight quality) from these people who also sell foam for inserts:

https://www.cases-and-enclosures.co.uk/long-silver-aluminium-flight-case-l850xw295xh270mm

Perfectly adequate for storage and car transport, would not hesitate to get one of their smaller cases, good service.

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I’ve joined the ranks.... sold all my other gear and my order has gone in with FLO today:

Berlebach Planet

AZ100 full accessories + Nexus DSC

TSA 120

Mewlon 210

 

Many thanks to the excellent Mr Ian King @FLO for his help and advice, and also Dave @Rowan
 

Close to wetting myself with excitement... can’t wait 😃

John

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2 hours ago, Antares_856 said:

I’ve joined the ranks.... sold all my other gear and my order has gone in with FLO today:

Berlebach Planet

AZ100 full accessories + Nexus DSC

TSA 120

Mewlon 210

 

Many thanks to the excellent Mr Ian King @FLO for his help and advice, and also Dave @Rowan
 

Close to wetting myself with excitement... can’t wait 😃

John

I think that is called "going the whole hog" !

I'm sure you will absolutely love those choices :smiley:

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5 hours ago, John said:

I think that is called "going the whole hog" !

I'm sure you will absolutely love those choices :smiley:

John, no doubts about that. I feel really privileged to be able to buy a set up like this. I’m not exactly wealthy and it means sacrificing other things. 
I justify it like this...my car has done 130k miles and 10 yrs old, but it’s still fine.  For the money I’ve just spent I could have bought say a 3 year old Vauxhall Astra which would immediately be on a steep depreciation curve.  
When I thought about that it was no contest really for a lifetime setup 🙂

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8 hours ago, Antares_856 said:

I’ve joined the ranks.... sold all my other gear and my order has gone in with FLO today:

Berlebach Planet

AZ100 full accessories + Nexus DSC

TSA 120

Mewlon 210

 

Many thanks to the excellent Mr Ian King @FLO for his help and advice, and also Dave @Rowan
 

Close to wetting myself with excitement... can’t wait 😃

John

Sounds like quite the Lifetime purchase and all stonking kit, enjoy.
The AZ100 is very much in my targets for future purchase as is the Planet Tripod.

I do own a Nexus DSC and use it with my Dobson, what a nice easy to use bit of kit it is,
transforms observing for me in my light polluted garden.
The AZ100 and all whistles will be wonderful, enjoy it.
 

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9 hours ago, Antares_856 said:

I’ve joined the ranks.... sold all my other gear and my order has gone in with FLO today:

Berlebach Planet

AZ100 full accessories + Nexus DSC

TSA 120

Mewlon 210

 

Many thanks to the excellent Mr Ian King @FLO for his help and advice, and also Dave @Rowan
 

Close to wetting myself with excitement... can’t wait 😃

John

My goodness, what a setup that will be! Sounds perfect in my book! Best of all worlds 👍

 

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1 hour ago, Antares_856 said:

I justify it like this...my car has done 130k miles and 10 yrs old, but it’s still fine.  For the money I’ve just spent I could have bought say a 3 year old Vauxhall Astra which would immediately be on a steep depreciation curve.  

This is the same justification that I've used a couple of times now "for a lifetime setup" 😉

I do keep my cars for many years though, current one for over 11 years.

Wait a couple of years and reuse lol👍

Andy

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Hi Guys,

Come on this new club maybe i am the first french guys who bought this mount😀😀. Quick buying before mount cost was more +35% after 1 january due to custom taxe 😭 in France.

I have got some questions regarding the tripod who must be put under. I have build an DIY tripod who is really similar to the berlebach UNI 18 ( ash wood) not equal mine is better🤣, plan is to use this mount for comparing instrument, meanly use to put some long achromats on it, like john i have the MAXI scope and some heavier achromat so my questions how does vibration/stability are when you use long achromat with UNI18 tripod if somebody test it.

 

 

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Hi guys

Received the AZ100, Planet tripod and M210 yesterday.  All looks absolutely awesome quality. 
A small problem - see photos - the captive bolt on the tripod seems to be about 10mm too long, so I cannot tighten the mount ont the base?  The top plate looks correct and is labelled Rowan AZ100

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12 hours ago, johninderby said:

Just use some stainless washers or a nylon spacer on the bolt. 

Hi John

12 hours ago, johninderby said:

Just use some stainless washers or a nylon spacer on the bolt. 

Hi John

I tried but problem is I can’t remove the captive bolt from the plate. I tried but I fear I may damage it if I use more force. 
I may have to look for some sort of collar with a gap in it to allow me to slip it over the bolt to fill the space (underneath the plate). 
 

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I thought the centre bolt should just unscrew through the top plate. On the Uni tripods it does and have read of people just unscrewing the bolt on the Planet.🤔

Perhaps someone here with the Planet can confirm this. 

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47 minutes ago, johninderby said:

I thought the centre bolt should just unscrew through the top plate. On the Uni tripods it does and have read of people just unscrewing the bolt on the Planet.🤔

Perhaps someone here with the Planet can confirm this. 

I had tried to unscrew it but no way.  Just fiddled with it for another 20 mins, about to give up, got a flashlight on it and realised there is a small, difficult to see rubber ring in a recess  under the bolt thread that is stopping it meeting the plate thread....completely unnecessary!

Anyway, removed it and could then unscrew through the plate 😬

Will mount up the Mewlon later....

Thanks John

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