New Mount for my SN8
Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:20 PM
I'm considering a new mount for my SN8 to replace the hyper-tuned LXD75 I have. I'm looking at the big 3 with Astrophotography as the goal.
ieq45 with pier (not tripod)
My SN8 with a Canon 40D and the Orion Magnificent Mini AutoGuider, weighs in at 27.5lbs. I figure with heaters and dew shield, I'll be at 28.
the average capacity of these mounts is 45#. At 75% this gives me a cap of 33.75# and at 66% gives a cap of 30#. I'm right under the suggested max cap for astrophotography.
So far the Atlas has the best reviews hands down. I like the features of the IEQ45 but, heard the tripod is junk. That's why if I go that route I thought the package with the pier would be a better option. The CGEM DX is the tank and possible the most stable of the group out of the box.
I have been reading a ton of reviews and can't decide which one would be the best. I'm looking for thoughts and opinions. Also does anyone have the IEQ45 with the pier?? and have any comments?
Thanks to all in advance
Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:35 PM
My original LXD75 SN6...
Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:38 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:00 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:31 PM
BTW: I cannot understand why the Schmidt-Newtonian is no longer made. It is a nice OTA with wide-field advantages. Perhaps someone with one of the F4 Newtonian astrographs can chime in about using this design with a corrector? Maybe that is just as good?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:20 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:00 PM
Why not take a look at a Losmandy G8 with Gemini-2 & a polar scope? Yes, it is more $$$ but, more load cap, better tracking, easily repaired (should you manage to break it), the new Gemini-2 drive system is easy to update, & the mount will last for decades, not a few years. My $0.0125" worth.
Clear Dark Skies
Alt 518ft ASL
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:42 PM
I think the iEQ45 will work for your configuration.
Fully agree with your view to go with the pier, the tripod is just not up to the necessary standard for AP!
I use mine on a larger pier and it is rock solid.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:07 PM