Avalon Linear Setup



Second light 18 September 2021

Star cluster
The Pleiades with reflection nebulae, total 106 minutes, ISO 1600

I used my Nikon D800 for the picture above as well as the Lacerta MGEN-3 auto guider. Together with the Avalon Linear and SkySafari, this is a powerful combo. Below you can see a picture of the set up as it was on 18 September 2021.

Avalon Linear setup with the Takahashi FSQ-85EDX, Autoguider MGEN-3 and the Nikon 800. Very much in-sync.

More detailed review coming up soon

Unboxing & Setup Gallery

First light 14.8.2021

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-85EDX
Camera: Nikon D800
Filter: LPS Filter Hutech
ISO 800
Location: Backyard

Pleiades 116s ISO 800 – picture taken without autoguider

Technical Data Avalon Linear

Technical Data
TypeSingle arm equatorial mount
Weight12 kg (26,4 lb), without counterweight and bar
Capacity20 kg (44 lb) in imaging, 25 kg ( 55 lb) in observing
Transmission systemAll belts drive system based on four stages reducer.
All the movements are on ball bearings. No maintenance and no backlash system.
Pulleys made with special polymer fiberglass charged and high precision toothed belts.
Construction MaterialAnodized aluminium, worked out from single blocks with high precision 5 axis CNC machines
AR AxisHeavy duty steel, diam. 35mm; 1 x dual ball bearings, diam. 62mm + 1 x roller bearing diam. 72mm + 2 x roller bearing diam. 45mm – On bearings clutch system
DEC AxisHeavy duty steel, diam. 35mm; 1 x dual ball bearings, diam. 62mm + 1 x roller bearing diam. 72mm + 1 x roller bearing diam. 45mm – On bearings clutch system
Polar FinderSkywatcher model (optionally Losmandy model)
GOTO systemStarGO GoTo Control System Bluetooth ver.
Counterweight barQuick release, 30mm diam.(1,181 “), stainless steel bar
CounterweightStainless steel 6 kg (13,2 lb) counterweight
Scope plateLosmandy, 3″ (75mm), dovetail, single knob with 2 tightening points
Warranty2 years from the purchase date, extended to 5 years for the transmission system
Source: Avalon Instruments https://www.avalon-instruments.com/products-menu/mounts/linear-stargo-wifi-detail

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