vixen vs losmandy dovetail
Posted 04 August 2009 - 04:14 PM
Posted 04 August 2009 - 04:24 PM
Posted 04 August 2009 - 08:52 PM
This brings forth a new question- has anyone used the orion version?
Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:30 PM
Once I got the Tec 140, I knew that the stock saddle would not do the job. I put on the ADM - Losmandy conversion, and what a difference. Flexure was greatly reduced. I could adjust focus with fine adjust with less than a second to stop the wiggle. When I put a guide scope piggy back on the Tec - it still held up reasonable well, but realized I was over the edge with the EQ6 for astro work. Enter the G11.
The ADM saddle is well made - 7" long, and clamps the dovetail along the full length of the 7". I've seen pictures of the "new" Losmandy compatible saddle on the EQ6. It's the same as the stock Vixen style - only wider. Two lock nuts to hold everything in place on a small round saddle?
When I removed the stock saddle - I could not believe how light it was. Cast aluminium - no real mass, and not what I would call solid. The ADM by comparison was well made, solid, and much heavier. Exactly what you need for a saddle plate. I can't see the newer plate on the EQ6 being much better than the old Vixen.
Now, if you have a lighter scope - not that long - and ONLY visual - go for the EQ6 upgrade. I you have a heavier scope, want a good solid flexure reducing saddle - don't buy twice. Get the ADM now. JMHO