Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:46 AM
Is there any method that makes me more convenient to view the sky while using this equatorial mount for visual viewing or astrophotography?
Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:10 AM
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My best guess is that tilting the tripod or having an equatorial mount that would tilt even farther would make the mount a little too unstable and there would be a risk of the tripod falling over. I do not know for a fact, but I am guessing that is the reason the latitude adjustment is limited to 25 degrees is simply physics without some specially built tripod.
My best guess, and it is only a guess, is that the mount would need to be used in its altitude/azimuth mode and not in equatorial with a latitude between 25 degrees North and South.
Any comments from anyone knowing more about this than I do?
Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:16 AM
With that piece of information, I believe that the LX-80 can be used at any latitude in equatorial mode.
Hope this helps,
Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:44 PM
You are obviously correct. I have a note sent in asking about this.
I am wondering if the reason for the limit is the counterweight may hit the tripod legs.
That does not seem to be a problem with other equatorial mounts, but this one may not stick out far enough.
I will relay any answer that I get.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:56 PM
Here is the answer I got back from my inquiry:
"The LX80 latitude limits in Geman EQ mode are dependant on the number of counterweight shafts being used. The LX80 counterweight shaft is segmented into three pieces. If all three pieces are being used and the counterweight is fully extended down the counterweight shaft, then 25 degree latitude is challenging. However, if the user is using only one or two counterweight shaft segments, as needed for a 80mm APO or light scope, then the LX80 can be used at lower latitudes without interference with the tripod legs. "
Hope this helps!
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