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#1 Erk1024

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:40 AM

(I couldn't find a thread on this, but there has to be one.)
Anybody have (or planning to buy) the new Orion Atlas Pro mount? Any thoughts or reviews?

Here is a link to it.

#2 BPO

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:54 AM

Hi. There have been several threads about Sky-Watcher's EQ6 version. Some people already have those and the impressions appear to be highly favourable.

The older Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro white model looked "prettier" to my eyes than Orion's black version, but I have to say this new mount looks great in Orion's black scheme.

Not that colour matters. :)

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

I preferred the EQ6 in black myself but the new one lookes better in white to my eyes - all the silver colored fittings make the black one look a bit garish to me.

:) in matters of taste there can be no dispute.

#4 Mike X.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:59 AM

They are really nice looking mounts in both versions! :)

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#5 Erk1024

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

Okay, then the Orion Atlas is an EQ-5 mount then?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Okay, then the Orion Atlas is an EQ-5 mount then?


Nope...

The Sirius is an HEQ5
The Atlas is an EQ-6
The "Pro" is an AZ-EQ-6

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for the clarification. ;)

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:23 AM

I think these mounts are truly a great idea for the people who want to have visual and AP in the same package with those newts...it would be the perfect intro rig for all the people in the world that want to start out with a rig capable of visual and AP, with the newts being much more forgiving on beginner AP, and the mount capable of altaz so the scope doesnt wind up in weird viewing positions for visual use. Unfotunately the price tag is way above a beginner price. I was pretty shocked at the price tag on it. Then again, if its as rock solid as the Atlas then there is some value in it. Its a great concept.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

There is already thread or the new AZ-EQ-6 mount from skywatcher with interesting information inside:

http://www.cloudynig...5487993/page...

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

On price much depends on the beginner, i have seen plenty of ads in my time for CPC 1100s, Skywatcher 300s on the NEQ6 ad Celestron 9.25s on CGEMs being sold by people saying "bought this for a laugh as a newbie but cant understand it so selling ot on"

I have even bought a fair few bits of high end kit bought be complete newbs to the hobby who bought stuff on the basis of "man.....I just want the biggest scope and biggest mount in the shop, cos I got loadsa money"

Recently I saw, in a dealer showroom, a Takahashi on a Temma which they were selling 2nd hamd, some newb bought it from new cos he had to have the very best. Owned it for a few months and realised he couldnt understand the hardware so asked the dealer to take it back. Shame really......such a pretty scope but now covered in dimgs and scrapes where newby didnt look after it.

Bottom line is the new mount will sell to all newbs as well as the EQ6 did which judgimg by ebay sales and ads on astrobuysell will be pretty well.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

As a total newb more than 5 years ago I bought an EQ6-Pro as my first purchase. I have not regretted that purchase one little bit. Instead of buying a series of lesser mounts on my way to this one my dealer asked if I was comfortable with technology and then walked me over to the right stuff. Glad he did.

The good stuff is not only for seasoned users.






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