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#1 ones

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:35 PM

Being a newby, I would like to hear who makes the best goto mount. Not looking to start trouble. Just looking for information. The search function returns a lot of posts! My only experience is with a Meade ETX125PE. Not the best of results for me. After following ALL of the suggestions i'm in the market for something that works better. Not to slam Meade. The optics are great. Any help would be appreciated.
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#2 David Pavlich

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:54 PM

I would put Astro-Physics and Paramount as the top brands. Takahashi and Mountain Instruments are very close to that level of performance.

After that, Losmandy and Celestron. However, you have to also take into account the reason for having the mount. For the casual user needing to do visual with about a 30# loading, it's hard to beat Celestron's CG5-GT. And Orion's Atlas is always in the conversation.

But if you want the absolute last bit of tracking nirvana, it gets really expensive. But it sure is a real joy to use these mecahnical marvels.

It's no different than any other hobby. You have to weigh budget against the need for "it works well enough" or "I want it to work REALLY well".

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 06:39 PM

Of course the is the issue. The best for what purpose with what scope?

#4 Al Canarelli

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:42 PM

Your question is much like asking who makes the best car in the world. If there was an actual BEST mount made, then all of us would know about it and all of us would own only one mount...the best one. As it is I own 4 mounts and I'm looking at another one.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:01 PM

Lets see, I've owned:
1- CG5ASGT
2- LXD75 x's 2
3- CGE x's 2
4- CGEM
5- AP900 x's 2
6- AP1200 x's 2
They were each the best for what I wanted at the time. And no, I'm not a gear junkie. :question:

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:54 PM

They were each the best for what I wanted at the time. And no, I'm not a gear junkie. :question:


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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:58 AM


I'd guess the Astro-Physics 3600 or Paramount ME used to be top (except for the really high end Tak EM-3500 mounts). I ponder the Astelco NTM-500 - massive carrying capacity, 100 degree a sec slew rate, no PE, 1 arc sec pointing all sky, ability to take many hours long shots at long focal length - unguided, makes it the undisputed leader in the below $50K mark.

http://www.astelco.c...cts/ntm/ntm.htm

or
http://www.darkhorse...p?CategoryID=69

#8 Chris Curran

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:12 AM

The BEST mount, hands down:

http://antwrp.gsfc.n...d/ap090525.html

It even makes everything listed above look like junk... :)

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:25 AM

Your question is much like asking who makes the best car in the world. If there was an actual BEST mount made, then all of us would know about it and all of us would own only one mount...the best one. As it is I own 4 mounts and I'm looking at another one.


Gee, that about narrows it down :confused:

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:41 AM

You can of set your self up for this.If your on a budget under $1500'The new celestron cgem is the hot mount right now.Also you should have stated for visual or astrophotgraphy'that makes a big difference.BOB

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:04 AM

Yep all depends on what you want. I personally do not like GOTO, learn the sky, or if you need some help, digital setting circles. I can push faster than any of the 3-5 deg/sec mounts or even my LX200, unless I am being slow that day, lol. Well I don't think I can beat that really fast slewing mount I saw a while back in a video, ASA is it? Ok I will stop rambling...

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:32 AM

As with many things in life (that are manufactured precision instruments anyway), you'll find it pretty much tracks with price...

My progression?

EXT90 - GoTo was really "go somwhere, maybe close, maybe not"
Vixen Sphinx SXW - GoTo was "go TO" in wider angle EPs, tracking ok, limited capacity
CGE - GoTo was "near center FOV in all EPs.. tracking good, capacity good, but wanted more
MI-250 - GoTo is functionally perfect, Tracking excellent, great capacity - MAY be my last mount :lol:

I know that AP1200 is better still, and likely too are the even more expensive ones, e.g. Paramount, or uber-high end Takahashis, etc...

It's all relative...

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:40 AM

As with many things in life (that are manufactured precision instruments anyway), you'll find it pretty much tracks with price...


I agree with the above, good optics on a poor mount gets you no where. poor optics on a great mount at leasts gets you round stars ;)

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:56 AM

The best mount is the one you use :)

I have the LXD 75 and C GC5 and both are good, not great. But they are both reasonable and work well, what else do I want?

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:56 AM

The BEST mount, hands down:

http://antwrp.gsfc.n...d/ap090525.html

It even makes everything listed above look like junk... :)


Can't wait to see this eclipsed :gotpopcorn:

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:58 AM

As with many things in life (that are manufactured precision instruments anyway), you'll find it pretty much tracks with price...


I agree with the above, good optics on a poor mount gets you no where. poor optics on a great mount at leasts gets you round stars ;)

Maybe not round, but not trails. :grin:

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 12:06 PM

Like LLEEGE "I'm not a gear junkie". :roflmao:

But, I have owned a BUNCH of different mounts and I would say the AP Mach1GTO has got to be in the running for the best mount when you factor in price, load capacity, performance, portability and looks.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 12:48 PM

But, I have owned a BUNCH of different mounts and I would say the AP Mach1GTO has got to be in the running for the best mount when you factor in price, load capacity, performance and portability.


I'll second that vote. The AP Mach1GTO is a super mount and it even looks cool enough that my wife lets me keep it in the family room. :lol:

This could be the last mount I ever need. :bow:

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:11 PM

I'll second that vote. The AP Mach1GTO is a super mount and it even looks cool enough that my wife lets me keep it in the family room. :lol:


OK, Ron, I edited my post. ;)

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:05 PM

I will third the vote for the AP Mach1 GTO.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:09 PM

Your question is much like asking who makes the best car in the world.


Ford, circa 1928-1931. But then, I've never driven a Model T. :grin:

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:59 PM

The hubble is nice, but PEC training is a pain in the.......

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:12 PM

I'll second that vote. The AP Mach1GTO is a super mount and it even looks cool enough that my wife lets me keep it in the family room. :lol:


OK, Ron, I edited my post. ;)


That covers it quite nicely. :bow: :bow:

BTW - I guess we should also mention the A-P hand control and computer firmware are as good as any. The Mach1 is one of the most "user friendly" GOTO mounts I've owned. :cool:

The only negative (if you could call it that) is my Mach1 is louder than an Atlas or Losmandy.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:41 PM

This is the best mount for consumers:

http://www.optcorp.c...d=439-278-10308

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 06:34 PM

How can a $50,000 mount be considered a "hot" product? Are they flying off the manufacturing table like hotcakes? Oh, wait, they have models starting at "only" $13,000!

I am sure the OP is going to graduate from a Meade ETX125PE into one of these bad boys. :whistle: :lol:

But it was fun to read about them. :applause:






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