I agree, the Eq Platforms work great. When Tom O first came up what that I called him and he gladly sent the plans. I built my own to use with my homebuilt 16" Dob. Was not difficult to do (Eq plat), however I know many sell them today. They work great and can give to 15+ minutes of Sidereal Tracking. More than enough for imaging. Then reset it and star hop to your next target. Also, you will have no field rotation issues.
I beauty of the Dob is the way it works. The EP hight and ability to easily start hop from DSO to DSO is an altogether different experience. More earthy if that not to weir. Using an Eq Platform maintains that earthy feel to using a John Dobson designed telescope, while not stopping you from have the ability to image or just keep things centered in the EP while others jump up for a view. Especially useful with my wife and younger kids who sometimes had trouble pushing and pulling in the correct directions.
Can you attach a dobsonian newt ota to a gem?
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