I have been using for years and very happy with Sky Watcher SkyTee 2 manual AltAz mount. I wanted to get similar dual mount setup with
There is a lot to like about AZMP: my favorite side by side AltAz design; 33 lb main and 10 lb second scope capacity (perfect for my scopes), chargeable battery, no wires clutter, and finally ability to run it from Sky Safari on my phone. The problem was that like many items it has been out of stock for a long time. Luckily, gently used mount came out for sale on Astromart. Week later I am a happy owner of iOptron AZ Mount Pro!
Like most of astro equipment it comes with some quirks and oversights. But for most, solutions have been already reported. So, I have picked strap wrench to tighten the counterweight shaft clutch and ordered ADM saddle to prevent slippage of the second scope. Another week and I am ready for the first light.
It took me several sessions to sorted out issues with my first
I would like to get feedback from AZMP owners on a couple of minor issues. Mount zero position is described as the mount facing south with scopes aimed up. Mine does faces roughly south and up, but not 90 degrees up, more like 87 degrees. Should I strive for better accuracy (using compass and level) or that’s good enough?
Another issue is when I turn off and back on power the mount forgets WiFi setting. The funny thing is that it actually forgets factory default settings. So, after turning on I need to populate IP address by ‘restore factory default’. Once again minor thing but I would like to resolve it.
I will play and investigate more but it is already functional enough to start observing. However, I still have to pay the clouds dues. Was lucky to get a bit of clear sky for testing, after that it clouds every night and I just got weather alert for thunderstorms and hail.
Was too exited and busy to take a shot of the setup in action. Here is a pic of the mount resting in the basement.