Ultimate capacity yet portable mount: AP 2400GTO ?
Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:49 AM
Is there a market for a mount that can handle an 8" f/20 refractor. I don't know how many are actually out there, and of them how many of them would spring for a $20000 mount?
Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:53 PM
But let's consider you own a CDK 20 at a private observatory.
The AP 1200 (capacity 140lbs) would struggle with this scope (140lbs OTA) and auxilliary equipment.
The AP 3600 (capacity 300+lbs) would seem to somehow be "overkill" for this setup.
The "AP2400" (capacity 200ish lbs) would be the ideal mount for this scope, and cost less than the 3600.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:12 PM
Plus you're talking "private observatory" and CDK20 class instruments. A CDK20 is $32k for the scope alone. What's a comparable aperture RCOS go for, $50k? With scope, mount, dome, etc you're easily looking at rigs in the $100k range +.
I suspect the price difference between a hypothetical "AP2400" and the AP3600 would be relatively immaterial to a player in this range. Hence, not much motivation for AP to market one.
Just my opinion.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:36 PM
Won't this 8" f/20 scope create quite the torque moment arm across your broad German shoulders as well? It will be at least 14' long I'm assuming. You're looking for a portable mount so I'm thinking the whole set up will be portable, including scope?
ps Been to Munich - drank beer at Oktoberfest (lots) - it was fun
Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:57 PM
shall be "movable" until I'll manage to build a home for it...
it can be done (see Ziggy's 9" f/15 Clark).
done too many tracks in Nepal and have seen the Sherpas strut their stuff...
Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:21 PM
Won't this thing also need a rather large (tall) tripod or pier to keep the focuser / eyepiece from scraping the ground?
Trekked Nepal myself. Flew into Lukla (before they paved the runway). I'm dating myself.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:39 PM
minimum height: 60"
maximum height: 100"
With the additional 15" height of the mount, the eyepice will be about 25" above the ground when OTA is pointed at zenith.