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Re: #iEXOS-100 What do I need to mount a DSLR directly to the iexos #iEXOS-100

Parag Modi
 

Ok, a complete noob question.  I just got my iEXOS-100 and bought a dovetail from Amazon.  When I mount my DSLR to that dovetail, how do I ensure that my camera is perfectly perpendicular to the dovetail?  I will be using Nikon D7200 mounted directly on iEXOS-100 with a 18-300 mm lens.


Re: UPDATED FIRMWARE NOW AVAILABLE #ExploreScientific #FIRMWARE

Parag Modi
 
Edited

Jerry,

I just received my iEXOS-100 mount today and watched the video in your link on how to upgrade the firmware.  In the video, you mentioned files with an 'a' as the version of firmware with watchdog disabled.  I don't see a file for iEXOS-100 with 'a' in it.  Does the latest version of iEXOS-100 come with watchdog enabled?

Thank you,


Thoughts on an ES IEXOS-100 for a beginner #iEXOS-100

Apre
 

Hello, I am just getting into astrophotography; however, I have been into space and photography for several years now. I am a teenager and I want to buy my first set of astrophotography gear; I already have a DSLR and 2 telephoto lenses (plus other wider lenses) which include a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and a 70-300 f4 - f5.6. So I was looking for a mount and I came across the IEXOS-100 which fell within my budget and looked like a good option; however, I have heard people say negative things about and some say good things. What are your peoples thought on this mount for a beginner; I plan to put a guidescope on it as soon as possible. I dont mind spending time to learn it but is there any major drawbacks apart for the polar scope issue (and how bad is that issue really).
Thanks for your time,
S.


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Timothy Myers
 

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Mounts:                 4-5 SE, 6-8SE, EXOS-2GT with PMC-Eight
Cameras:               ASI1600MC Imaging Camera, Cooled, ASI120 Guide Camera
Focuser:               ZWO EAF
Scope Mini PC:    Topton Pentium
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Re: #iEXOS-100 Maximum weight I can use. #iEXOS-100

James Ball
 

I have extra counterweights and have used it with the standard tripod with up to a deforked C8.  It will be quite shaky when focusing with that much weight but for visual it can do it.  If you purchase the heavier tripod and the azimuth adjuster it will handle quite a bit of weight. 

On my standard tripod it does well with an extra weight and the AT102ED (102\700) scope, That shouldn't be too different from what you have currently..
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Mounts: iEXOS-100
Scopes: Meade ETX90RA(deforked now) Sky Watcher 150MCT
Camera: ZWO ASI 120MC-S
Software: Explore Stars Android, ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, AS!3, SharpCap, RegiStax6.


Re: drift align

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Hi combatsniper,

The ExploreStars application provides a 2-star or 3-star "virtual alignment" function which is an "all-sky" type of alignment using the stars of your choice.
There are also plenty of resources on the Internet for learning how to do a "physical" drift alignment using your telescope and a cross-hair eyepiece. This is a good one here:

https://canburytech.net/DriftAlign/index.html

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Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


Re: drift align

Bob Trepiccione
 

I use the drift alignment feature in Astrophotography Tool. It's called DARV in the tools tab of APT.

I've had good results using it, great application for controlling your cera and mount.



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-------- Original message --------
From: combatsniper864@...
Date: 10/22/20 7:50 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io
Subject: [ESPMC-Eight] drift align

hi how can i drift align this mount or all star polar align this mount  since Polaris is not visible from my location i do not also have a guide scope or guide camera but only a dslr 
and without Phd2 or does the software it self include the drift align  huge question pls help any help is much appreciated and incase it is not there i hope they will add the features like the all star polar align and drift align plsssssssssssssssssssssssssss


Re: drift align

Ian Morison
 

Dear Combat  Sniper,

You could try the two techniques described in the word document. 
Best of luck,
Cheers,

Ian Morison

On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 12:50 PM <combatsniper864@...> wrote:
can some one saw how to drift align with the exoss 100 pmc eight without phd2 I do not have a guide scope neither  a guide camera and my view to Polaris is obstructed by the  buildings i know to there are options like drift align and all star polar alignment but does the software which the explore star does it have incase if not is there any other option pls help and will they add it in the future since all mounts like Celestron Orion all have these features plss add these features  and my payload dis very simple a dslr and a 18-55mm lens just simple


drift align

combatsniper864@...
 

hi how can i drift align this mount or all star polar align this mount  since Polaris is not visible from my location i do not also have a guide scope or guide camera but only a dslr 
and without Phd2 or does the software it self include the drift align  huge question pls help any help is much appreciated and incase it is not there i hope they will add the features like the all star polar align and drift align plsssssssssssssssssssssssssss


Re: #iEXOS-100 Maximum weight I can use. #iEXOS-100

Dani Suarez
 

Thank you very much Ian.
I have read the attached link carefully. Articles like yours are appreciated, there are few references outside of this forum.
I will purchase and balance my refrector following your directions.
I am looking forward to the time of a break and I can go out to enjoy my eixos 100.
An affectionate greeting from Madrid.


Re: #iEXOS-100 Maximum weight I can use. #iEXOS-100

Ian Morison
 

Dear Dani,
    you will need an additional counterweight I believe.   I have covered this in a review of the mount in my Astronomy Digest (www.ianmorison.com  - note only a single 'r')    With the two supplied counterweights I think that ~7 lbs is about the maximum you could balance.


Enjoy your mount - I really like mine.


Best regards,

Ian Morison

On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 7:58 AM Dani Suarez <danisuarez76@...> wrote:
Hi group.
I just received my Iexos-100 and I have a question.
I have a sw 120/600  with a 450D. In total they are about 11lbs.
Can I use it by adding the counterweights? Or do I go straight to a lighter ED refractor?
thanks!

PD.-

sorry for my english.


#iEXOS-100 Maximum weight I can use. #iEXOS-100

Dani Suarez
 

Hi group.
I just received my Iexos-100 and I have a question.
I have a sw 120/600  with a 450D. In total they are about 11lbs.
Can I use it by adding the counterweights? Or do I go straight to a lighter ED refractor?
thanks!

PD.-

sorry for my english.


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 
Edited

There is a particular place within groups.IO that you can do that but not here.

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/PMC-EightApplication

 

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From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karol Trepala via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

 

I thought this forum is to give a good advice and support for the users of your products... sorry, my bad.

I gave that advice, based on my issues with looking for some shop with your bigger tripod. If you will tell me where in France or Belgium is it possible to buy ST3 tripod I will do that instead of looking for some alternative solutions like in my previous post.

If you don't wan't to see here any criticism about your products (which in general I really like, but they are not perfect), just remove my posts it's not an issue for me I just tried to help others.

 


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locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Karol Trepala
 

I thought this forum is to give a good advice and support for the users of your products... sorry, my bad.
I gave that advice, based on my issues with looking for some shop with your bigger tripod. If you will tell me where in France or Belgium is it possible to buy ST3 tripod I will do that instead of looking for some alternative solutions like in my previous post.
If you don't wan't to see here any criticism about your products (which in general I really like, but they are not perfect), just remove my posts it's not an issue for me I just tried to help others.


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 

The purpose of this forum is to educate people on our products and you have a right to your opinion. 

We have Terms of Service for a reason and you breached them but promoting other product without our site page.

If you want to see about getting the bigger legs it would be expensive but it can be done. 


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Karol Trepala
 
Edited

I tried to edit my previous message and I delete it accidentally, fortunately I copied text before, so I'm placing it again below:

"I live in France and dedicated tripods are also not available (or at least difficult to buy). But what I can recomend you is iOptron tripod. I have got it and I noted that despite the same size and weight as the standard iexos tripod. ioptron is much more stable. Below is short movie where I try to apply the same force on both those tripods. It is not very noticable on the movie, but belive me that iexos mount is bending much more than ioptron. You would have to switch tripod heads, and for that you must cut it a little bit according the line visible on the photo, but it is worth it. Probably it wont be as good as with bigger tripod but for sure much better than with standard one."


@Tyler Bowman
Yes both those tripods looks very similar, and I was surprised to, but ioptron is significantly more stable. it is mainly due to more robust plastic connectors between tripod head and the legs, and bigger diameter of internal segment of the legs.
I don't try to say that this can be an alternative for bigger tripod, but if someone would like to improve slightly tripod capacity keeping low weight of he tripod, and 90 euro is not an issue this can be some solution.

@Jerry Hubbell
Sorry I am not able to put movie somewhere in the cloud, nevertheless it isn't so important to keep it here forever. As a temporary solution I reduced size of that movie.


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

Here is a link to a message from last year where I speculate on the weight capacity for the iEXOS 100 mount using the larger tripods. I imagine a lot of members that have joined since then have not seen this thread.

https://espmc-eight.groups.io/g/MAIN/message/4663

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Explore Scientific, LLC.
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www.explorescientificusa.com
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1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Tyler Bowman - Explore Scientific Customer Service
 
Edited

We appreciate the thought but they are all the same in designs for this price point not much is different between the two.

they are basically all the same the normal use of the mount doesn't put the stress as you demonstrated on the video.


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering
 

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 07:46 AM, Karol Trepala wrote:
Below is short movie where I try to apply the same force on both those tripods.
Hi Karol,

Please provide a link to the movie stored in your cloud storage or other web site as this file is very large at 15Mb and uses a significant portion of our limited overall storage limit of 1Gb.I will be deleting this attachment after a few days to conserve space on the forum. All members should note that we have almost 600 members and over 3 years of messages and attachments on the site and we are already using about 95% of our file space so I have to actively manage this limited resource here on the forum.

Thanks
 
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Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at explorescientific.com

www.explorescientificusa.com
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762
1-866-252-3811

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home


Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
Mounts
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!


locked Re: Replacing the tripod for the IEXOS-100 #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

Ming:

You will get the iEXOS tripod when you buy the mount.  Buy the mount and see if you need to upgrade.  For visual I would guess you will be fine, but if you upgrade the tripod you will for sure.  The azimuth adjuster I would say is mostly to enable better polar alignment.  Once you get the iEXOS you can make a determination if you can make it fit your other tripod.  

Wes.


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