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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:56 PM
I have a very understanding and supportive wife
I thought I did as well. So I bought myself a Mach 1 for my birthday last June. Since then, it's cost me as much in equivalent gifts and she still brings it up almost daily.
Ever wear a pair of $1k shoes? My wife did... once.
Oh and I get no credit at all for selling some of my other toys to pay for the mount originally.
Sorry for that rant.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:14 PM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:13 PM
I am now inspired to photo document my new Borg 125SD due Monday or Tuesday. Without reading this post, I would greedily rip everything open like a kid on Christmas morning. Stay tuned in the refractor forum.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:20 PM
Congratulations on your new AP1600 mount. Is the weight manageable by breaking it down into smaller components? What is the heaviest part?
Yes. The RA assembly and Dec assembly are easily separated. They connect via a dovetail arrangment with two lock knobs (you can optionally bolt them together). The RA assembly is the heaviest part at 58lb. I don't have the weight of the Dec assembly handy, but it is around 40lb.
My previous mount is a Celestron CGE. That mount does not come apart, and it is 50lb as a single unit. So I've upped the heaviest part of my setup by only 8 lb.
It takes me about 10 minutes to set up my CGE. I don't think that it took me over 30 minutes to set up the AP1600 the first time. I'm guessing that it will take me about 15 minutes (including pier assembly) to set up the AP, once I've done it a couple of times.
I hope that this helps.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:21 PM
More photos !!
Is there anything in particular you'd like to see?
Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:46 AM
I have the CGE and am wondering about the size difference between the two.
Congrats on the new mount. Looks awesome!
Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:30 AM
That kind of surprises me because I remember reading here at CN a while ago a 1200GTO owner bashing the heck out of ASA's DDM mounts for the same reason!
That's an awesome setup all the same.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:42 PM
Here you go:
I often run my CGE from inside a Kendrick observatory tent. My goal was to get the AP1600 to fit in the tent in a similar spot. To do this, I ordered the shortest field pier that AP sells for this mount. It looks like I got it pretty close.
Oh, and the CGE is for sale. I listed it in the classifieds section here a while ago and also have it on AM. If you are interested in a very nice CGE, please PM me.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:26 PM
Congrats on the mount however.
Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:10 AM
Looks like you're all set for monster OTA's.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:32 AM
No sleep for you. Ha
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:58 AM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:13 AM
Frozen.kryo request a picture of the AP1600 and the CGE side by side.
Those are both very nice mounts -- I always considered the CGE large, the the AP definitely beats it in volume