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Merlin: shortage Alert

by Paul » Wed May 20, 2009 2:50 pm

Tommy from Teleskop-Austria told me, that there will be a shortage of Merlin-Heads soon as only a few are left on stock

new delivery from far east is scheduled to Sept./Oct. this year
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by UK Pano » Wed May 20, 2009 5:04 pm

Thanks for the heads up Paul.

I've been holding back before going ahead and buying this but if there is going to be a shortage, I'd better go ahead and place that order so that I can use it over the summer!

However in not reading German/Austrian, could you/someone just confirm that I am ordering the right parts from Teleskop-Austria.

From this page (http://www.teleskop-austria.at/prod.php?lng=de&tid=8#foto-mottri-nn) am I correct in ordering the two below items?

1) MERLIN Multifunktion Fotokopf mit 2-Motor Steuerung, mit 3/8 Zoll Fotoanschluss (nur Kopf, ohne L-Platform, ohne Tripod, ohne Tabletop @ EUR159

Also will the Merlin head fit to a standard tripod?

2) BlueTooth Einheit für MERLIN. Verwendung mit Ursa Minor PRO oder UrsaMinor SkyTour Software (kein Handbox mehr notwendig)
Unterstützung für Papywizard Vers.1.6.1 (nicht alle Versionen werden unterstützt!) @ EUR99

This is correct BT adapter to use with a Nokia N800 tablet?

Thanks in advance :)
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by bigwade » Wed May 20, 2009 8:42 pm

Hi UK pano
Just mail them in english.
Tommy has no problems with that.
The BT is 89,- eu if you mention this forum (or my name or others)
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by mediavets » Wed May 20, 2009 8:59 pm

UK Pano wrote:Thanks for the heads up Paul.

I've been holding back before going ahead and buying this but if there is going to be a shortage, I'd better go ahead and place that order so that I can use it over the summer!

However in not reading German/Austrian, could you/someone just confirm that I am ordering the right parts from Teleskop-Austria.

From this page (http://www.teleskop-austria.at/prod.php?lng=de&tid=8#foto-mottri-nn) am I correct in ordering the two below items?

1) MERLIN Multifunktion Fotokopf mit 2-Motor Steuerung, mit 3/8 Zoll Fotoanschluss (nur Kopf, ohne L-Platform, ohne Tripod, ohne Tabletop @ EUR159

Also will the Merlin head fit to a standard tripod?

Yes, it will fit on a standard tripod with 3/8 screw.

You can buy the Merlin in the UK from various retailers - I think this may be the best deal at the moment - £146.99 - as always I recommend you call to check availability before placing and order - they have a large showroom and warehouse near Ely:
http://www.pulsar-optical.co.uk/prod/merlin/starter-scope/refractor/merlindeluxe.html

2) BlueTooth Einheit für MERLIN. Verwendung mit Ursa Minor PRO oder UrsaMinor SkyTour Software (kein Handbox mehr notwendig)
Unterstützung für Papywizard Vers.1.6.1 (nicht alle Versionen werden unterstützt!) @ EUR99
This is correct BT adapter to use with a Nokia N800 tablet?

Yes. Ask for special price of 89Euros offered to members of this forum!

Item also available in the UK - £92 - call to check availability:
http://www.365astronomy.com/bluetooth-interface-for-skywatcher-autotracking-merlin-p-350.html
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by UK Pano » Thu May 21, 2009 12:37 pm

Thanks both!
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by bigwade » Fri May 22, 2009 1:08 pm

UK Pano wrote:1) MERLIN Multifunktion Fotokopf mit 2-Motor Steuerung, mit 3/8 Zoll Fotoanschluss (nur Kopf, ohne L-Platform, ohne Tripod, ohne Tabletop @ EUR159

These Merlins are without the L-bracket you need for Lens collar lenses. (ohne L-Platform)
My first Merlin came with, the second without the L-Bracket.
If you want one it's 42 euro extra :(

Why's that TA ??

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by claudevh » Fri May 22, 2009 6:00 pm

Hi All,

Buying from Pulsar optical is much more interesting than TA !?!

For £146.99, you get:
-The Merlin head with his handset = the TA delivery !?! :(
+The full height tripod (and this is a correct one !)
+The 90 degree quick-release dovetail plate (L Bracket)
+A very handy A-Frame table top ( can be usefull for trials, light displacement, etc...)

Where is the TA of the past ??? :/
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by Jann Lipka » Sat May 23, 2009 8:47 am

Merlin lurker here , just about to buy .


I got hooked after making some handheld panos
( 200 mm + 5D mark 2 )
Like that one :
http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=23872


Looks like Pulsar £146.99 kit is the way to go ,
but I'll have to order a BT device
from TA anyway ?

I see they have 2 different models

I guess
BLTc is for astro usage,
and I should buy BLRm ( Papywizard support )




Before buying Nokia tablet
I would like to try it with my Asus EEPC 1000H

Any suspected problems with this combo ?

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by mediavets » Sat May 23, 2009 8:56 am

Jann Lipka wrote:Looks like Pulsar £146.99 kit is the way to go ,

I recommend that you contact them to Check availability and whether they will ship internationally before placing an order.
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by Jann Lipka » Sat May 23, 2009 9:07 am

Thanks Andrew ,
I sent an email to sales at Pulsar.
Keep my fingers crossed .

We have like 3 months of nice evening light here in Stockholm ..

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by claudevh » Sat May 23, 2009 11:29 am

Hi Jann,

Welcome on board !

For the Bluetooth, the model you need is the BLTm (normal price 99, if you write that you are member of the forum, you get a price of 89 Euros !)
http://www.teleskop-austria.at/prod.php?lng=de&tid=8#montz-blt-hu

For the Asus EEPC 1000H, there will be no problems.... depending operating system, Linux no problems, Windows potential problem with the Bluetooth stack (should be Microsoft original one or Widcomm/Breadcom one, to be checked if not conform ... no problem to change to Broadcomm !)

If you buy a Nokia, don't buy Nokia 770 (limited to Papywizard Version 1.6), buy Nokia N800 or N810 !

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by mediavets » Sat May 23, 2009 11:47 am

Jann Lipka wrote:I got hooked after making some handheld panos
( 200 mm + 5D mark 2 )
Like that one :
http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=23872

All those roofs clad in metal - is it lead or copper?
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by Jann Lipka » Mon May 25, 2009 6:07 am

Andrew,
I will probably make you disappointed.

http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a3/Jann_Lipka/?action=view¤t=utsikt_Storkyrkan.jpg&evt=user_media_share

Most of the old roofs are made of forged sheet steel ( so called svartplà¥t ) and painted above
Lead tetroxide ( minium ? ) treatment in old days , now lead is not used .
( unfortunately most common after II World War is plastic surface thin rolled steel )

Some houses have copper roofs ( those with green tint ) - but use of coppaer is restricted because of environmental issues and of course many drug addicts steal it ...
People in Sweden are actually quite picky regarding roofs :-)
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by UK Pano » Tue May 26, 2009 1:00 pm

Hi guys,

Another quick question before I place an order with Pulsar!

I will be using a Canon 400D with Sigma 10-20 and Sigma 70-200 lenses and am predominately interested in using the Merlin to take landscapes or architecture as either a standard pano or gigapan.

Will the "90 degree quick-release dovetail plate (base plate 150mm long)" fit with these two lens combinations?

I'm assuming not but will I need to locate the NPP for the each lense given that the subject matter will be some distance away?

Thanks in advance :)
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by mediavets » Tue May 26, 2009 1:23 pm

UK Pano wrote:Hi guys,

Another quick question before I place an order with Pulsar!

I will be using a Canon 400D with Sigma 10-20 and Sigma 70-200 lenses and am predominately interested in using the Merlin to take landscapes or architecture as either a standard pano or gigapan.

Will the "90 degree quick-release dovetail plate (base plate 150mm long)" fit with these two lens combinations?

I'm assuming not but will I need to locate the NPP for the each lense given that the subject matter will be some distance away?

Thanks in advance :)

You should be OK.

Start off with the standard dovetail rail and see how you get on.

I bought an additional longer rail - but have yet to find suitable camera screw for it.

You'll find various rails on this page:
http://www.pulsar-optical.co.uk/cat/generalaccessories.html
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by UK Pano » Tue May 26, 2009 3:40 pm

Thanks for your reply Andrew.

Would you know about whether the NPP needs to be located or just that the centre of the lens is to be aligned to the centre of the tripod mounting?
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by claudevh » Tue May 26, 2009 4:14 pm

Hi UK Pano,

The "90 degree quick-release dovetail plate" will fit your Sigma 70-200 mm without modification ... (globally no problems with NPP !)
For your Sigma 10-20 mm, I think that you can buy an additional dovetail like the "Geoptik Item 30A061" see:
http://www.geoptik.com/catalogo.php?pagina=catalogo&lang=en&serie=accessori&articoli=ok
This is quite cheap and from excellent quality, this is perfect for the Merlin.
You can buy here:
170 mm longhttp://www.bazaarbuilder.com/cgi-bin/nickaltair/myshop.php?merchant=nickaltair&prodid=768&sinprod=1
250 mm long (too long in my opinion)http://www.bazaarbuilder.com/cgi-bin/nickaltair/myshop.php?merchant=nickaltair&prodid=766&sinprod=1
http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p2345_Geoptik-Prismenschiene---GP-Level---Laenge-170mm.html
Another model is also OK but shorter:
http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p237_Dovetail-Plate---Vixen-Style---for-Cameras--1-4--Thread----Delux.html
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by Jann Lipka » Tue May 26, 2009 7:50 pm

Neither Pulsar or opticalvision bothered to answer my emails ( 2 times )
after 2 days . UK don't care that much about EU ? :-(

I'll try to buy from TA - just a head for159€ and angle bracket for 49€
that makes it 208€
Plus 89 for Blue TOOth device foto-blt-mer-hu BLTm ...

So total 297€ plus shipping ...

Can anyone verify if this package from a Swedish shop ( merlin Syn scan AZ GOTO ) would work ?
I think the price would be slightly better then AT ( because of shipping cost )


http://www.rymdbutiken.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=661


thanks

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by mediavets » Tue May 26, 2009 8:20 pm

Jann Lipka wrote:Can anyone verify if this package from a Swedish shop ( merlin Syn scan AZ GOTO ) would work ?
I think the price would be slightly better then AT ( because of shipping cost )


http://www.rymdbutiken.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=661


thanks

No, this Go-To model lacks the camera control port.

Ask the retailer if they have the non-Go-To version.
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by claudevh » Tue May 26, 2009 9:52 pm

:cool: Claude :cool:
Merlin + Papywizard on Windows 7 & Nokia 770 § N810 & Acer (Netbook) + PanoramaApp Androïd + Deltawave PapyMerlin BT + Autopano
Spherical Pano (180 x 360) with Canon 40D + Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Zoom & Pôle Pano with Canon 5D MK2 and shaved Tokina 10-17 3.5-4.5 AF DX Fisheye
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by bigwade » Tue May 26, 2009 11:39 pm

Jann Lipka wrote:Neither Pulsar or opticalvision bothered to answer my emails ( 2 times )
after 2 days . UK don't care that much about EU ? :-(

I'll try to buy from TA - just a head for159€ and angle bracket for 49€
that makes it 208€
Plus 89 for Blue TOOth device foto-blt-mer-hu BLTm ...

So total 297€ plus shipping ...

Can anyone verify if this package from a Swedish shop ( merlin Syn scan AZ GOTO ) would work ?
I think the price would be slightly better then AT ( because of shipping cost )


http://www.rymdbutiken.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=661


thanks

The 49euro for the L bracket is a shame.
It's IN the original Merlin box.
I asked TA about this but no reply yet.
I used the Gmail adress and I think they have some problems with that.
Shipment costs from TA is low and they are very friendly :-)
Jann, if you can't reach them by the Gmail adress I gave you, try another from their site.
Mention my name and this forum.
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by claudevh » Wed May 27, 2009 12:07 am

Hi Jann,

The "official" distributor of Skywatcher (the original manufacturer of Merlin/Orion/Skywatcher) for UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states is :
http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/
They have the 2 "Merlin/Orion/Skywatcher" !
The right one is the next one:
http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/astronomical_telescopes/sky-watcher/mountings/acuter_merlin_multi-function_mount_and_tripod

They deliver to the shop http://www.rymdbutiken.com/index.cfm you have mentionned ...

:)
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by Jann Lipka » Wed May 27, 2009 4:36 am

Teleskop Austria answered my Email within 1 hour ( 10 o'clock in the evening ) ...
the whole package with BT and shipment will be 290€
( they reduced L bracket price and gave me 10 € on BT device )

I made a bank money transfer ,
I think PayPal is easier , but anyway ...

Pulsar is not getting my money , because they didn't answer my email within 2 days .
They simply don't care I hate that :-)

I will be making a crown modification for Canon 5D .
I want to put a dovetail level bracket from really right stuff .

Hope it works ( I should have Merlin package here in 1 weeek ) .
Thanks for all suggestions so far .
I'll need more help now :-)

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by mediavets » Wed May 27, 2009 5:30 am

Jann Lipka wrote:Neither Pulsar or opticalvision bothered to answer my emails ( 2 times )
after 2 days . UK don't care that much about EU ? :-(

thanks

OpticalVision is a trade-only distributor, they are not a retailer.

It was a public holiday here in the UK last Monday.
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by fma38 » Wed May 27, 2009 6:51 am

The original price for the Merlin was 249€, including the L bracket and the tripod. 159€ for the Merlin alone is not that bad; this is 208€ without the tripod.
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