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#1 BKBrown

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:12 PM

I am looking for feedback on mounts that are currently available and will effectively support approximately 30 pounds of telescope and photographic equipment. This would include a 127mm APO refractor and guide scope package w/ DSLR and accessories. Any suggestions? Thanks, BB. :question:

#2 DeanS

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:33 PM

AstroPhysics Mach1GTO would be perfect and is best in its class. New these are $6k

What is your budget?

#3 David Pavlich

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:50 PM

Budget? Dean gave you the Ferrari, I'll give you the Mustang GT. Losmandy G11 or the Celestron CGE, $3000 plus or minus.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:28 PM

how about the peoples car of goto mounts for that rate of weight?
the cg5asgt will handle 35lbs of ota and equipment, plus another 35 of balance weight.
and it sells for about $1k or less I think.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:39 PM

Orion Atlas EQ-G should do nicely with that load.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:56 PM

There's no wait list on the 900 GTO right now....

#7 Pauls72

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:57 PM

Both an Orion Atlas EQ-G or Celestron CGEM would be good choices. These would be more like your basic full size Chevy or Ford. Not super classy but able to haul the full load around with no problems.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:26 AM

Orion Atlas EQ-G if that is the same as the EQ6 pro, stunning mount for the money, many people in the UK use the EQ6 pro for imaging with all sorts of setups and it certainly can eat 30lbs no problem.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:38 AM

AstroPhysics Mach1GTO would be perfect and is best in its class. New these are $6k

What is your budget?



agreed get the BEST mount you can afford. When it comes to imaging a very wise person is quoted as saying the three most important things are:

the mount the mount and finally the mount :cool:

#10 Luigi

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 08:28 AM

CG5ASGT is <$600 (1/10 the price of a Mach1). It'll support 30+ lb but IMO is not really suitable for AP over 20 lb. A G11 (I owned one for 10+ years) would be much more suitable and is only 5x the price of a CG5.

#11 WarrenS

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:02 PM

FWIW, I use an Atlas EQ-G for my 127 ED triplet with a Celestron Onyx piggybacked using an ADM mini dovetail and rings shooting through a Canon 40D. Has to be 30 lbs at least with 30lbs of counterweights. With PHD guiding, even moderate winds didn't mess up my imaging.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 03:23 PM

Hi,

I just received my MI-250 back from Mountain Instruments. It has new bearings, new gears, new saddle, new base, and a new saddle, and new paint. Most of all, its been thourougly gone over by Larry, who's shop it 'just up the hill'. Its really good machining...Astrophysics style. If I added a C11 to whats in the picture, it would still be solid for astrophotography.

clear enough skies,

Paul

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#13 BKBrown

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:54 PM

I think I can swing 2-3.5k for this which takes me out of the high-end stuff for now. The Atlas and Losmandy 11 fall in this range along with the CGE. Any others?

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 03:21 AM

Vixen Sphinx SXD also falls in that range

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 05:23 AM

There's a secondhand Vixen Atlux out there that I saw advertised not so long ago , it'll romp it in no sweat and eat a G11 Gemini for tracking accuracy.

You'll need to be strong to move it around if it's not permanently mounted .... I know I've got one.

Sphinx SXD is a nice bit of kit too .

Best getting a mount that has lots of spare load capacity.

A good GEM is a investment and a keeper for life as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 06:41 AM

There's a secondhand Vixen Atlux out there that I saw advertised not so long ago , it'll romp it in no sweat and eat a G11 Gemini for tracking accuracy.

You'll need to be strong to move it around if it's not permanently mounted .... I know I've got one.

Sphinx SXD is a nice bit of kit too .

Best getting a mount that has lots of spare load capacity.

A good GEM is a investment and a keeper for life as far as I'm concerned.


I have to go along with this, Vixen do very nice mounts especially if you get one secondhand, both my Vixens are S/H.
You have to like the starbook, which IMO is fantastic, so easy to use, planetarium gotos - love it.

Pete






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