Would like opinion - Losmandy or iOptron?
Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:21 PM
Yes, I would definitely buy the iEQ45 again. And I would think the IEQ30 could handle the FS102 or binos with no problem for visual.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:14 AM
The extremely rare AP400 GTO would meet your requirements - 18lb weight, very nice machining, Made in the USA.. but it's extremely rare and doesn't come cheap ($4000 last I checked).
Having gone through this selection mechanism recently, the only (relatively) lightweight mount that ticks all the boxes is the Mach1. And we all know where that goes..
Why not just get a CG-5 ASGT and accept that it won't carry more than 15 lb for AP? at least that way your cash out is minimal..
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:04 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:58 AM
Regarding the G-11 I'm a little confused about the advertised payload. Losmandy says 60lbs but when I looked at it next to my Mach1 it didn't look a lot heftier than the AP which only carries 45lbs.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:41 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:01 PM
I would recommend buying new instead of used.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:54 PM
I think the iOptron iEQ45 is a decent mount with reasonable price and low weight compared to similar offerings like the Atlas or CGEM.
The one I own had no problems so far. I would buy it again no question.
If you are looking for a lifetime mount:
Tak EM-11, AP Mach1 or a bit lower in price the Losmandy GM-8.
The Mach1 can carry more weight than the other two.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:27 AM
I found polar aligning pretty easy with the polar scope. The G11 is a long time performer and can be picked up at a reasonable price on the Used market
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:32 AM
I'm sure you'll have fun coming up with the package that's
best for you. Just make sure you take care of your back.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:46 PM
I've never seen the Ioptron. My only experience is with one of their 90mm f4 refracter that I use as a finder/guider. Good OTA. I'm the 3rd owner of my G11. It started as a DDS, & I've added the PS, Clutches, tripod knobs, encoders, OPW, & a Cassidy saddle, & Gemini-2. It has been an awesome mount. I upgraded to an HGM-200 for more capacity. You know the drill with the Losmandys', they just don't quit. The "Other" mounts I've had have ALL required a lot of work to get to run well, & they still didn't live up to the advertised specs. The G11 worked right from the start. I have a bad habit of breaking the RA gearboxes & can have the mount back in business in 15 minutes. When my old Vixen & LXD broke it was never a pretty picture. If you have the ability to pier mount, then a G11 no question. If you can do an Observatory, even better. If you need to be semi-Grab-N-Go then maybe the lighter weight is better for your back.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:57 PM
However if you have a bad back and a back yard why not a scope buggy?
I made my own and I have 2 of them no more lifting for me:)
Also with alignment pins on it I can put my iEQ45 in the same spot so polar alignment is not needed sometimes . My setup time is almost as quick as opening up an observatory!