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#1 SomeDoSomeDont

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

Anyone using the Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Mount for wide field imaging? What do you think of it as a grab n go imaging mount? I'm looking

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

I think you can't miss with one. I know someone who used it for exactly what you have in mind.

EQMOD.. put maybe 15lb on it tops, should be great. Not much cheaper than the Atlas, but much lighter, which does matter.

The iOptron iEQ30 would be comparable and is a more modern design. But no EQMOD. On the other hand if you're going for DSLR grab-and-go (no PC) imaging, the more advanced handset of the iOptron might trump EQMOD.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

Thanks for the thumbs up. I just sold the only "light weight" tracking mount I have (AP800). The minimum setup and take down attracted me to this mount.
I hope this one is a keeper as some others have stated. This mount and the Orion autoguider should be perfect then.
Sounds like it can take all that I want to give it.
Ordering one soon. Don't need it before Christmas tho'.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

Don't know if Sirius qualifies as grab n go mount when it weighs 32 lbs, not including counterweight.
iEQ30 at 15 lbs more like it.
And then there's Astrotrac and the like.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Yep 32+10 isn't as easy as it once was but it will be on as relatively short tripod so not so bad. So yeah I'm going for the Orion Sirius EQ-G Gt I think.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

I think there may be a Sirius EQ-G "2nd" over on the Orion site in the clearnce section. something like $899 give or take. I was gonna grab it but took the Atlas instead!...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

iOptron iEQ30 Equatorial Go-To Mount
Now I'm interested. Took a better look. Any reviews on the iE30. I'm lookin'

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

hey I just looked over at Orions site. in the clearnce section they have an Atlas EQ-G for $1199. its marked as a 2nd. can't beat that if you don't mind some marks or scratches.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

I use mine with EQMOD and Stellarium. Much better than the Synscan hand controller. Get the cable from Shoestring Astronomy.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

Started a new subject. Looking for reviews on iOptron iEQ30 Equatorial Go-To Mount in mount forums.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:25 AM

Grab and go? Depends on you. It's a little less manageable in that regard than a CG5, but not much. IOW, not in the grab and go category for me (for me that is a StarBlast), but it might be for you. ;)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:09 AM


Yeah got one of those but that dog don't hunt (track).

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

No, but that puppy is a lot easier to tote. :lol:






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