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Anybody have experience or stories to tell about this kahuna? Thinking about adding it to my wish list.

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-az ... mount.html

It looks like a thing of beauty, especially since you can order it with encoders.
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A nice looking mount, it reminds me of a Swiss offering that I cannot remember the name of offhand.
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I haven't used mine yet, but nonetheless I'm flabbergasted at the quality. If Astro-Physics made an alt-az mount, the Rowan would be it. It's worth every penny imo. When the GOTO tracking kit becomes available soon, I think it will be the perfect medium duty mount. It's extremely easy to use, too.

It's a very advanced mount, and there is nothing else like it. An instant classic. I hear people complain about the price, but none of them are Rowan owners. When you see and handle it, you immediately understand the cost.
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It was on my wish list. However, I think the SkyTee II with SkEye Pro downloaded onto my android is more affordable and almost as good. The encoders incorporated into the Rowan AZ100 mount is awesome. However, way out of my financial league for now.
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Telescopes: Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor, Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Orion ST80, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
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I recently bought one with encoders, DSC to follow next year.

The 100 is bigger and stronger than a Skytee2. It has slow motion controls (unlike the smaller AZ75 which will not be made with any) and is capable of taking my 120mm refractors, I was nervous about putting on my Skytee2 (fine for 100mm) or Giro Ercole.

Of course now I'm tempted by larger refractors....
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25585 wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 7:40 pm I recently bought one with encoders, DSC to follow next year.

The 100 is bigger and stronger than a Skytee2. It has slow motion controls (unlike the smaller AZ75 which will not be made with any) and is capable of taking my 120mm refractors, I was nervous about putting on my Skytee2 (fine for 100mm) or Giro Ercole.

Of course now I'm tempted by larger refractors....
I think you are confusing Skytee2 with something. It is build like a tank, has slow mo and can handle 2x 30lb scopes no problem.
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Here is a rather long thread on it in SGL.

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/3459 ... ad/page/2/
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The photo of one that broke is indelibly etched in my mind. I was never sure of my ST2s durability after that.
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25585 wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:45 pm The photo of one that broke is indelibly etched in my mind.
That's definitely creepy. I do wonder if that was something of a rarity though. If the STs were shearing a lot, I assume there'd be more buzz about it. Dunno, haven't really researched it.
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pakarinen wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:28 pm
25585 wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:45 pm The photo of one that broke is indelibly etched in my mind.
That's definitely creepy. I do wonder if that was something of a rarity though. If the STs were shearing a lot, I assume there'd be more buzz about it. Dunno, haven't really researched it.
Here's the thing. Even if everyone else's was fine, I did not want mine to be #2! A Rowan AZ100 is cheaper than a new refractor.
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Lady Fraktor wrote: Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:21 am A nice looking mount, it reminds me of a Swiss offering that I cannot remember the name of offhand.
This Swiss http://www.aokswiss.ch/ayo/ayo_ii/main_ayo_ii.html
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25585 wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:47 pm
pakarinen wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:28 pm
25585 wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:45 pm The photo of one that broke is indelibly etched in my mind.
That's definitely creepy. I do wonder if that was something of a rarity though. If the STs were shearing a lot, I assume there'd be more buzz about it. Dunno, haven't really researched it.
Here's the thing. Even if everyone else's was fine, I did not want mine to be #2! A Rowan AZ100 is cheaper than a new refractor.
You are looking at this from the wrong end. You are saying that £895 mount is better than £299. Well it is better be! :D However in £299 range you will be hard pressed to find any AltAz mount with stability, payload and features like SkyTee2.

I can also show you dozens of fracs cheaper than AZ100. :D

I found the thread were the guy gives a bit more details on the ST2 failure. He was overloading the mount.

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/3159 ... nt/page/3/
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ST2 fine with my Chinese fracs up to 100mm. The grub screws for its settings are a nightmare though.

AZ100 addresses all the worries and frustrations I have with my ST2.

In the SGL thread linked, a Giro Ercole was discussed. It is a far stronger mount, but does not have slow motion controls. A Losmandy AZ8 would be my choice, but is very expensive. Now I have ruled out a Rowan AZ75 as it will not have slo mo, an AZ8, is on my distant radar for a more portable AA mount, I like its analogue setting circles as well.
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