AP Mach1 GTO
Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:29 PM
What is the maximum usefull capacity of a AP Mach 1 GTO mount for visual and photographic use when it is pier mounted ?
Can this mount hold a 152mm f/8 refractor (e.g. Meade AR6)or a C9.25 or is this too much ?
AP states maximum weight to be approx 45lbs (20kg), but how does this translate in reality ?
Posted 05 August 2009 - 03:50 PM
Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:42 PM
It easily carries my C925 and TMB130.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:35 PM
I sold mine and have a 900 coming soon since I was worried about trying to image with it and my T0A-150 as it would go over 50 lbs.
A long refractor will be worse than a short SCT for the mount to handle.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:36 PM
Posted 09 August 2009 - 02:19 AM
A tube with a long moment arm as your AR6 would fit on the Mach1. The largest I have seen was an AP160.
That's pushing it but doable for visual. Note that a TOA150 is noticably heavier than your AR6.
An 11-inch SCT would be feasible, or a 12.5 inch Gladius Dall-Kirkham.
That's the max aperture that would still function. The Gladius is an open OTA, so less windsurface. Weighs just 30lbs.
The Mach1 is a great piece of gear.
Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:44 AM
There are a few people using the TEC 180ED for visual on the Mach1 (see TEC forums). They were saying for those scopes they need the Mach1 on a pier for the stability. I use my 160 on it with no problems, except for in higher winds. Mine is used on the AP Wood tripod.
Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:04 AM
Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:12 PM