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Ordered an M1V

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Ordered an M1V direct from SV this morning. Want to try it with my Mak 90 and ST80 to see how I get along without slo-mo. I'm still considering an M2C and eventually getting encoders, but I thought I'd dip my toe in the water first with an M1V. If it doesn't work out, I'd think it would be pretty easy to sell.

I didn't order the machining for a tiller / handle which might have been a mistake, but we shall see. So if it gets here in a week, the last half of July should be totally cloudy, right?
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Congrats on the new acquisition!
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Got a tracking number for the shipment already. Those guys are fast.
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The M1 and M2 are both nice mounts.
Enjoy :)
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2-day shipping from Cali to Chicago. Yowza!

After using locking levers on my TW1 axes, this is going to take a little time to get get used to.
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Like it? Hate it? Wish you had bought the M2?
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Enquirying minds want to know :)

I could see that on my photo tripod :)
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Re: Ordered an M1V

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Meh. Mixed feelings on it.

It's very well machined and constructed and it is compact and light. Nice wide dovetail clamp so you don't "mar your bar".

It's difficult to get good tension adjustment. It's either too tight so it jerks or it's too loose so it slips. If it's loose enough to glide, changing EPs can make it droop in altitude but tightening alt can knock the scope off target. Unlike the alt adjust, the az tension ring slips if overtightened so it never locks completely in az, although that's not a big deal IMO. There's a nylon washer bearing for az, so maybe there's a problem with that.

I noticed after buying it that Altair sells the same mount with a counterweight and an extension, so that might have been a better choice.

I was going to sell it, but I'm going to play with it a bit more; maybe I just need more finesse when using it and I do like the solid feel and compact size. I believe the M2C is manufactured by SV in the US, so I'm not sure the imported M1V is a good predictor of how an M2 might perform.
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Re: Ordered an M1V

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I went ahead and got the MV1 head. Nothing in a small package seemed as good for a grab'n'go setup. My 90mm weighs 8 pounds as shown. Worked good in the house. We will see this weekend.
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Timely. I tried my M1V with my 90mm Mak this morning for some lunar observing. It might just be my fumble fingers, but I could not get the tension set correctly on either axis, although az was of course easier to use than alt. After spending some time with it, I took it off my tripod and put my SW AZ5 with slo-mo on. The SW is hardly top of the line, but it was a much better experience for me. I guess I'm just not a friction mount person.

I'm going to check the az washer again and maybe give it one more try, but I do think mine is destined for the classifieds. Dang shame since I do like the form and light weight. I hope yours works out for you and look forward to hearing about your experiences and any tips and tricks.
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Re: Ordered an M1V

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Movement action was kind of sticky, maybe grease the teflon?
Worked better than my attempts of a homemade head.
For the Jupiter, Saturn conjunction probably will use a larger
scope on the M2 mount, around 100x will be the max to get both planets in field.
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I'm not sure grease would help, given how slick Teflon is to begin with. Although I wonder now if my az washer is out of true. If it's perfectly flat, maybe I could polish it a bit with a soft cloth.
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I greased the altitude teflon after I dropped it on the floor. Looked like it had grease on it already. Used white lithium, kinda thin grease. Outside the movement action was improved. At 150x had no trouble keeping the planets in view.

Unscrew the tension knob all the way and there is a brass washer and 2 stainless washers sandwiching the washer with the roller bearing in it. All those looked dry so added some grease there also.

The horizontal movement is fine on mine. Might take it apart tomorrow just to see what's there, but maybe not, do not want to introduce a problem.
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I took out the az washer and flipped it over. I can now lock down the az completely. It did have a very thin coating of lube on it.
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