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    Default Exos-2gt



    I ordered an EXOS-2GT. Anyone else who own's one care to share any insights (good or bad)? Got any pics with your scope on it?

    Probably won't get it for another week, but I'm in no rush with cold temps and overcast skies.

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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    The serial and USB port are disabled, so no PC control. I knew that before I bought it.

    A D-cell battery box comes with it. You will probably want to get a cable with a cigarette lighter end on it.

    The beeper is really loud, so open the controller and put 2 pieces of tape over it to mute it. While you're in there, note the battery type for the RTC battery. It lasts about 1 year.
    The power on led is also quite bright once it's dark, so a little red fingernail polish on it will dim it.
    If you want a longer hand coltroller cable, any CAT5 network cable will work.

    The mount itself is rock steady. You need to do a good polar alignment or the goto can be a bit off. Fortunately the polar scope works well. Do spend the 30 minutes it takes to center up the polar scope.

    The slew speed isn't super fast, about 2° per second, so plan your viewing session accordingly.

    After polar aligning, I do a 1 star alignment, then a sync to object on a couple of objects. As the night goes on, you will need to re-sync to object again.
    Oh, and don't use the confusing instructions on how to polar align. This is what I do.

    Line up the counterweight bar so it follows a line from Plolaris to Kochab with the end of the bar towards Kochab. Then adjust the head azimuth and elevation so Polaris is on the line at the first hash mark closest to the center. Don't use the little circle. That is no longer the correct position.


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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Scott,
    Thanks for the tips. It will be interesting to see what Mark thinks about it after he has used it. You are using yours with the C8 and you find it to be rock solid? If so, that is very good.
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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Is the entry of data and the selection of targets intuitive/easy to learn? I've seen people describe the interface as "clunky" on the Cloudy Nights forum.
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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Quote Originally Posted by photonseeker View Post
    Is the entry of data and the selection of targets intuitive/easy to learn? I've seen people describe the interface as "clunky" on the Cloudy Nights forum.
    I haven't used any other GoTo mounts, so I have nothing to compare to.

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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Thanks Scott. I'm aware of the limitations of it, but impressed with the 2" tripod and how solid the mount should be. I won't be using a computer with it anyway, so no connectivity is no big deal. I like that it does have an ST-4 port which will come in handy down the road. Thanks for the tips. I've used different GoTo's and understand the polar align procedure (including the true north offset).

    I'm only going to be mounting an ES AR102 with a camera on it...15 lbs. tops.

    I've got plans for alternate power for it, but I get batteries at cost, so I'm just going to buy 8 rechargeable "D" batteries for now. Once I get an alternate power supply going I can use the batteries for some other things around the house, so no loss there.

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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Be careful with the rechargeable batteries. They are usually only 1.25V each so 8 of them will only be 10V total. Controller might act up with the low voltage.

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    Default Re: Exos-2gt

    Quote Originally Posted by smeyer8015 View Post
    Thanks. I saw that video when I was still deciding what mount to get. Seeing that big SCT on it helped me decide, knowing I was going to put a smaller scope on it. What does your SCT OTA weigh?

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    Naked about 14 pounds. Once I load everything on it, the counterweight is clear to the end of the bar.


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