HEQ5Pro or IEQ30?
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:08 AM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:19 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:19 AM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:26 AM
There are 1000x more HEQ5 Pros in production as there are all iOptron mounts combined, yet there are only 1/10th the number of complaint/problem threads about the HEQ5 as there are about iOptron mounts. Nuf said.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:11 PM
We have an EQ6-Pro and an HEQ5-Pro. If you look around our local astronomy club, there are a few EQ6 mounts, but the vast majority are the HEQ5. I cant speak for the IEQ mounts, have never seen one.
The load on our HEQ5-Pro started out as a williams 80 with KwiqGuide and dslr. Over time it was upgraded, until it was carrying a Williams 110 with KwiqGuide, and a ccd with filter wheel. We never had an issue with that setup, it 'just works'.
I have to echo what Jim says above. When we are out and about at star parties, we see _at least_ as many HEQ5 mounts as EQ6 or larger. Now count the threads on problems with the HEQ5, and your answer will jump out and speak for itself.
Overall, the HEQ5-Pro was probably our single best value astro purchase over the years, but, it has recently become surplus to our needs, the wife got an upgrade for her birthday, and the TOA-130 is to much telescope for that mount after we add the camera and filter wheel, she now has her telescope on the EQ6.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:40 AM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:06 PM
I have it on the pier, so it's solid and for visual I use an ES AR152 achro, which is just pushing its limits, and for AP I have a 6" PowerNewt with Borg 50mm guiderscope atop, which is nowhere near the limit.
Tracks well for me with the guider, but can't give you quantitative data at the moment; hopefully when I get out there next weekend (though I'm selfish and hate to give up imaging time for a bunch of numbers... ).
Customer service is excellent and quick (for even the silliest of questions). It's also VERY light - I can one-hand the mount head, no problem.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:03 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:40 PM
I also have a bad back which is why I ruled out the Atlas/CGEM mounts too. But, the iEQ45 has the same capacity as the Atlas and CGEM, while weighing only a little more than the HEQ5Pro. For the scopes you mention, you might want to consider it.
Keep in mind that these types of mounts are rated for visual load, and for astrophotography they should generally be derated to 1/2 to 2/3 of their capacity for best results. That means that the iEQ30 or HEQ5Pro should be loaded with 15 to 20 pounds of gear. When you add up the scope, mounting rings, finder, camera, guide scope, guide camera, cables, dew heaters, etc., using an HEQ5Pro for something like an 8" SCT and all the imaging goodies can be a bit much.
If you can swing an iEQ45 financially, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised at the weight. Especially if you've had any experience with an Atlas or CGEM. And its a mount you can grow into in terms of capacity.