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#1 Waldemar

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 06:39 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Apparently ASA is producing a new range of mounts now:

DDM100, DDM200 and DDM500 the numbers tell the load capacity  :o

The DDM mounts as we know them are now obsolete... 
the new mounts have to be mounted on a wedge or the bend pier ASA produces.
I have not seen any prices, but they look expensive...

 

I am more then curious how this will develop... awaiting more information on the ASA site.


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#2 GeorgeCarey

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:24 AM

Very interesting! It looks like the 100 will go on an ordinary pier or tripod.
Pity not many details are available.

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#3 D.Weinzinger

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 10:56 AM

We are working on the details, we hope to get it ready in April :-)



#4 maxmirot

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 02:48 PM

I am glad ASA is continuing the development of the DDM product line up. 

The company has focused on the large observatory rather than smaller systems for the last few years.

It is nice to see them back in to developing the original core mount product.

 

My questions. Is there any new features and functions?  Is there an upgrade path for some of this?

 

Software development?  There was suggestion of new software coming too. Will there be anything for current owners of DDM?

I have been wishing for MLPT function to be used by other by third party programs outside of Sequence. 

Perhaps a new SDK will make this available to programmers?

 

Max



#5 maxmirot

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:33 PM

Any news?



#6 Waldemar

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:51 AM

I am glad ASA is continuing the development of the DDM product line up. 

The company has focused on the large observatory rather than smaller systems for the last few years.

It is nice to see them back in to developing the original core mount product.

 

Max

 

Hi Max,

 

ASA's 'original core mount products' have always been observatory mounts and equipment... Products for amateurs is their 'second' choice, and in my eyes a side step, an effort to get a bigger piece of the pie. Being used to deal with professionals, they are not very good at communicating with the amateur market, to be honest.

To me the payloads of these new mounts put them in the same (semi) professional category.
It feels like they are getting out off the amateur bussiness, starting with the never released, but advertised Revolution (which would have been a real Winner), after that the termination of the DDM60 and now ending production of the DDM85... So far not the development I was hoping for...
I hope I am wrong about this, because I am totally convinced the DDM mounts are the best and most sofisticated mounts in the market.


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Mount: DDM85 Standard 12V ; Telescopes: TEC140 + 140FF + Quad TCC ; Celestron RASA; TMB 92SS + 27TVPH Cameras: ZWO ASI 174MM cool; SBIG STF8300M; ATIK4120EX; TRIUS SX-36
Filters: Astronomik and Baader NB + RGB; Lunt double stack 75 mm unobstructed signature series + BF 3400; Dutch weather and light polluted skies.  




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