RobSherratt wrote:Celestron have now discontinued the manufacture of the Merlin motorized mount, and the "AllView" is its replacement. It is fully compatible with the Papywizard software that many have used to control their Merlins, but "AllView" comes with its own programmable controller, so you may not need to use Papywizard any more.
Mateusz Malinowski wrote:Hi
I am not interseted (use merlin/panogear), but did You now, You should pay also value added tax and customs duty if You buy from non EU countries?
And then price may be NOT " less than 400 Euros".
claudevh wrote:The Merlin (and assimilated) is still availlable actually in EUROPE and most countries in the world, "EXCEPT USA" where Celestron (Skywatcher affiliate) have imposed a commercial limitations on the Merlin head ! The Allview isn't the replacement of the Merlin !!!
RobSherratt wrote:I'm doubtful whether the Merlin head would take the EOS 500D camera and EFS 17-55 f2.8 lens
RobSherratt wrote:I will not have to bring a laptop or notebook to run Papywizard. The AllView system will consume 12 Watts of power when fully operational/ all servos driven. Are you able to answer these comparison questions about the Merlin?
RobSherratt wrote:What is the maximum length camera + Lens that is supported by the nodal offset bracket?[/uli][uli]What is the total camera + lens weight that may be carried?What is the typical cost of a Merlin solution complete with controller?
RobSherratt wrote:I'm often in remote locations (in the mountains in Greece) for several days and I don't want to bring an extra 12v battery or charger with me.
RobSherratt wrote:Given that I am a motorcyclist, I will be able to use the battery of my DL-650 to power the AllView rig. Nearly always, I have been able to "park" the motorcycle right next to the viewpoints I use to take my panoramas, and I have a power takeoff socket fitted. Drawing 12 Watts/ 1A from a 30 AH battery will drain the battery by 33% during 10 hours continuous photographic use, and a 1 hour journey on the motorcycle will recharge it again.
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