Mach1 Over Kill
Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:51 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:21 AM
A lot of people using the Mach 1 swear by the Losmandy G11 tripod as the best and most reasonably priced option. This is certainly a good option to consider.
When I had my G11 (great mount for the money) I really liked the tripod. I kept the three legs fully extended in a tripod bag for quick setup, never found a suitable carry case for the central pier thingy.
The Eagle looks sweet, not sure if it is tall enough for me.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:31 AM
I could not use the A-P tripod because it's designed for refractors and doesn't go low enough for me to be comfortable with a Newt or SCT. A G11 tripod would be a good choice if you are starting from scratch.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:23 PM
The G11 tripod is interesting, not that much cheaper than the AP wood tripod but a lot of people love it and seem to compare it more to the Eagle pier than the wood tripod. It does weigh almost double what the AP wood tripod does which might add to its stability but hampers portability depending upon how you move your setup. Im strong enough and some would say foolish enough to be able to lift the whole observing setup as one unit even with the G11 tripod but still its another 15lbs or so extra. Im talking about simply moving it indoors and outdoors, not vehicle transport, I would break it down for that; although as little as possible.
Im gonna have to put more research into the G11 tripod, see what accessory trays it can use and so forth. The thing about sticking with an all AP setup is that they operate much like Televue in that they create systems around their products to enhance their performance. I can wait just a little while longer to decide on the tripod/pier, the Mach1 is at least around 6 weeks away I think.
The Eagle is an appealing option, the "AP" pressed into the legs seems a little much though. Not sure if it would prevent me from buying one if I wanted it but I would choose a "non AP" option if it were available.
As Doug D said I dont want to skimp on the legs, doesnt make sense. More to think about. Maybe I should just buy a DOB and get it all over with
Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:12 PM
Never under estimate quality. Having to futz with software or built to minimum specs is just not worth it - if you have the means - get the AP and enjoy it.
BTW - I'm doing film - and loving it.
Posted 26 April 2009 - 02:10 AM
I wouldn't stress over it... you wanted to get a quality mount and there are darn few if any that are better than AP
Has anyone seen those new ASA mounts? Just awesome!!!
Thats pretty crazy, there are a heck of a lot of counter weights on that thing.