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#1 BlueGrass

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:17 PM

As some of you know, I've been looking to move up to an AP Mach1 for some time. Well, I purchased one today with the Eagle pier from a local AA. It's a 2010 vintage mount and is basically cherry. :grin: Everything was included in the deal, saddle; polar scope; counter weights, eyepiece trays; original documentation; factory shipping boxes; many things were still in the original bubble-wrap, unopened. etc. It's almost as if it was just shipped to me. Amazing. Needless to say, my astro funds are spent for the foreseeable future but I can live with that.

Pictures to follow a bit later this evening, but I have to say, what everyone says about the engineering, quality and superb fit and finish is simply true. I've used my CG5 and CGEM for the past two years and making the jump to a Mach1 feels like a paradigm shift in how I perceive my equipment. It's that profound.

Up front, I apologize to all the folks in Northern Utah for the next few weeks of clouds and storms. Hopefully, they'll abate soon. With Spring coming and the chance to finally get out and do some serious imaging, I wanted to be ready. I guess I am. Based on my initial setup and mock alignment tests, it's working as it should. Only actual sky time will answer any tracking questions or if I need to do any above-factory PEC training. Based on what I've read, I don't think it will be necessary. So ... for want of a better term, an AP mount purchase does look to be a lifetime investment. I don't think you'll be seeing this one in the classifieds again, unless it's an estate sale ... :bow:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:30 PM

I was eying that Mach-1 very closely when it popped up on AM. Good buy.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:50 PM

Sorry Tony. As soon as I saw it was a local sale, I didn't waste any time in contacting Mark and working out the details. Everything just fell into place. It was one of those, "If you don't buy it now, you'll regret it later.." moments... The Eagle being included really pushed me over the top (edge?) ... :jawdrop:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:58 PM

Congratulations George on the excellent mount! :goodjob: ...Of course now there will be no excuse not to produce Hubble-like astrophotos! ;)

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

No need to apologize. If I'd been able to, I'd have bought it. The plain truth, though, is that it was way out of my price range. Maybe I'll be a little better off when they start the new production run this spring. I'm on the list.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:53 PM

Kirk, yes the list of 'excuses' just got much shorter ... first images attached. Hopefully they don't look to washed out and hope the background isn't too busy ...

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:02 PM

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:05 PM

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#10 Don Allen  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:05 PM

Beautiful set up. :bow:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:05 PM

That pier is pretty %#^$%$@ cool. The pics on the AP web site don't do it justice.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:06 PM

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#13 Paul G

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:07 PM

It looks like a Martian lander on that Eagle pier. Sweet!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:08 PM

Ok, ok...you can stop torturing us :D

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:13 PM

Tony, the Eagle is impressive. Like I indicated a few posts above, that's really what made this package special. Although a Mach1 by itself is enough... riding this pier does it justice. The whole setup is a perfect blend of form, function and elegance...

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:30 PM

Aw Tony, I'm a pretty unassuming fellow, but she is a beaut... :rofl2:

Thanks Don, Gus ... it DOES look like a lander doesn't it? I'm sure that's why AP came up with the name ... Over in the AP-UG files area, there's a pic of one setup with a 155EDF. Wow.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:05 PM

That's a dandy!!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:22 PM

Yes, "WOW!" will do it I think! :bow:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:09 PM

That is one awesome looking mount. Congratulations!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:24 PM

That's a killer setup. Congrats! Looking forward to your shots with this mount.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:38 AM

That's VERY nice George! Having it all in one package like that has to be pretty satisfying. Like Tony, I'm on the Spring list for notification - any dithering between the Mach1 and G11-G2 might have just gone away though (at least until I look into my wallet when the moment of truth arrives!).

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:33 AM

My only fear is that I'll be able to afford the mount head, but nothing else.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:20 AM

Congrats George! I can't wait to see your results once your skies clear, and I'm really looking forward to hearing your impressions with the mount in use. Kind of like reading a Ferrari test report in a car mag; we all probably know what it's going to say, but we still like to read it and dream...

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:40 AM

My only fear is that I'll be able to afford the mount head, but nothing else.

The Mach1 will sit nicely on a Meade, Losmandy or Celestron tripod. I've used my 1200 on a Meade GFT with not issues.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:53 AM

My only fear is that I'll be able to afford the mount head, but nothing else.

The Mach1 will sit nicely on a Meade, Losmandy or Celestron tripod. I've used my 1200 on a Meade GFT with not issues.


I have mine on a wood tripod. Eagle would be nice but I'm not sure even with the extension it is high enough for a visual guy like me.






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