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#1 SnaggS


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:22 AM

I've just had some good news, a friend has bought a vineyard and has offered for me to build my observatory on a patch!

Its dark skies, and only 1 hours and 15 minutes from my home. I was about to buy a DM-6, but I'm now reconsidering as I don't know whether it will work with a motorised dome.

I'm thinking I might be better off with a Tak EM-200 and two piers, one for the dome, one at my house and carrying the mount and scope in between.

What do you think?




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Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:01 AM

I'd go with the EM200.

#3 SnaggS


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:08 AM

Heh, amazingly, my wife thinks so too... but because she thinks the DM-6 is ugly.. I think its georgeous!! Just as well she likes the holy green paint of takahashi, otherwise we'd be in marriage counselling.. some things just arn't negotiable :)


#4 Dan G

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 11:52 AM

Daniel -

The EM-200 is easily lug-able. You will enjoy it and the polar scope will make set up simple when you switch sites.

Pier plates/mount adapters can be pricey. Consider getting the same pier for each site and also lugging the pier/mount adapter from site to site.

Dan in NY

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