Re: Anyone designed a limit switch or similar to prvent pier col...


couldn't have said it better myself. My G11/Gemini is in a very nice
case in the garage. My AP900 is out under the stars. What more can
I say?


Hi Ken,

I know it is almost a sacrilege to suggest this, but there is
probably a
good chance of using a Gemini controller with the AP mount - one,
if not THE,
finest mounts ever made. Since the Gemini would drive any "servo
directly, all you would need is special cables. I wouldn't do this
myself, of
course, because I would miss that wonderful keypad and display on
the CP3, and
I really hate the Gemini keypad - you could break a thumb pressing
buttons until it pays attention to your command!

Sure wish some of the Gemini features were in the CP3 , but it
is all a
matter of the best choice, and I never regretted moving from a G11
Gemini to
the marvel that my AP900 is - a thing of beauty and an instrument
precision, finally crafted with Roland's years of personal
experience. After
all, a Gemini G11 is what you "settle for", rather than an AP
mount - which
something you aspire to.


----- Original Message -----
From: "astrokattner" <kattnerk@...>
To: <ap-gto@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2007 6:35 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Anyone designed a limit switch or similar to
prvent pier

--- In ap-gto@..., chris1011@ wrote:

I realize that other GOTO systems have advantages that ours
have -
each new one that comes along can look at the previous efforts by
others and add
to it to gain a leg up. In a perfect world every car would park
itself and
when it's raining, run in and pick up that pizza at the counter
the driver
doesn't have to get wet. My poor 1994 Ford doesn't even have
something that nobody has to live without any more. Why didn't
include that?
How dumb of them! What were they thinking, by golly???

Other goto systems may have additional features and I guess part
th business is to decide which ones are truly useful and whether
should be implemented or not.

But, I've had other goto systems like the Nexstars and Gemini and
after all that, here I am, an Astro-Physics AP900 owner. You
have no
idea the number of nights of frustration I have been through with
inferior mounts (I've even had my own worm blocks machined on a
G11). Even my wife asked me last year, why do you have such a
frustrating hobby, just get that AP900 mount if its the best and
have some fun. Good advice from her. At the end of a night of
imaging, I just stand there and look at my AP900 and think, "man,
that thing is better than a Rolex." It is quite an achievment and
I'm very proud to own one. Thank you.


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