AP Mach1 GoTo vs. Ioptron EQ45 Capacity Question
Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:41 PM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:59 PM
Seems like there is a huge jump /gap from sightly lower (say 30 pounds) to 45ish pounds.... tough decision...Its hard for me to part with money..Ha
Thanks for the clarification....
Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:18 PM
these compromises can be worked around, i.e. i have discovered that i can overcome my DEC guiding issues by using MaximDL (instead of PhD) for guiding. but the work-arounds won't be perfect, and you either set your expectations lower or live with not-quite-round stars (which also can be worked around with FitsWork4) and thrown-away subs.
at the end of the day it's how much aggravation are you willing to tolerate VS how much money you are willing to pay. if you can afford it and you simply want to enjoy the hobby, the Mach1 makes that easier. (one of these days I'll walk the walk and get one )
Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:13 AM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:45 AM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:56 AM
Hard to believe the Mach1 only weighs 32lbs. The G11 weighs 36lbs.
Note the photo of Mach1 is an older model. The Azimuth knobs have been relocated to opposite of Altitude knob like the G11.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:48 PM
My wife lets me keep my Mach1 set up on the Eagle Pier in our family room between sessions. I have sold a couple already after guests have stopped by and seen it in person.
On the price of a Mach1: after you use it, it won't cross your mind to wish you had bought something cheaper and tried to nurse it along to better performance.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:50 PM
I've been going thru the responses to my question and thks. for your input from someone who owns both. I'm curious if you already had a Mach 1Gto, why acquire the Ioptron EQ45? It sounds to me like you have the Mach 1 somewhat permanently mounted - is there an issue with its portability?
Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:10 PM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:47 PM
If I had to pick one tripod for my Mach 1, I would go with a Rob Miller TRI36L. It is light and solid and quick to set up and quick to put away. That being said, I also have an Eagle from AP and a Losmandy G 11 tripod. All are excellent. The Losmandy is the heaviest and is a little more work to put up and tear down, and tends to rattle around in the back of my minivan, getting nicked up a bit as it rolls. It is unbelievably solid. You would not go wrong with any of the three.
Larry Hoffman, M.D.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:17 PM
The Rob Miller Tri36L is probably the best one though (even compared to the Eagle pier) as it's light, carries a lot, and costs less than the Eagle (about $1000).
Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:45 AM
I use my Mach1 near full time for imaging. I wanted something that could easily field my FS-128 (while imaging with the perm setup) so I can get some visual time in - and possibly use for imaging with my small scope(s). I'm really pleased with the iEQ-45, though I mainly go for planets from this white zone LP I live in. I haven't tried the 160 refractor on it yet, I may because I've been testing/using the widefield/miniguider setup on the Mach-1 ! I would need a bit more CW though - possibly too the extender.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 04:30 PM
Greatly appreciate all of the advice. After thinking long and hard about it (and getting the boss' approval if I wanted an AP Mach 1), I decided to get the Ioptron first to see how my interest in AP develops. In 2 or 3 yrs. if I'm enjoying it, I'll make the Mach1GoTo (or whatever they then have for portable)and give the EQ 45 to one of my daughters (got 3 with grandkids thru 2 of them - I've already given one an older ETX 90 and am getting rid of the LS 6 to the second one; if the third gets married and has a grandson, she will get it). I also took the advice on needing to learn AP with smaller scopes so I added an 80mm refractor and got the 120 mm refractor. I was going to order closer to Xmas, but discovered that the EON 120 appears to be out of production and OPT had the C11 on sale for several hundred less than others. Thus, I've ordered everything but the CCD camera (first want to learn how to do AP with the cheap Meade DSI II - make it a Xmas item). Here is what I just ordered:
Ioptron IEQ 45 w/modified clutch
Orion ED80T CF 80mm Triplet Carbon Fiber
Orion EON 120mm APO
Celestron C11 CGE style
Orion Mini Guider Package
Orion 9x50 RA finder
Thanks again to everyone for their thoughtful comments.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:26 PM
I think it will keep you out of trouble for a while.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:22 PM
Very much looking forward to hearing back from you about it all, have a great time!
Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:51 AM