Losmandy gm8 help
Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:20 PM
I've been in the imaging game for around two years now using a cgem with an Orion ed102t cf. Unfortunately the cgem is no longer a viable option as it had a bit of an accident.
I'm now looking at purchasing a high quality mount. I don't see myself moving to bigger equipment any time soon so a mount which can handle around 8kg is ideal. I've read countless posts and opinions and am strongly considering the Losmandy gm-8. However in reading all these posts there are varying opinions on this mounts capability.
My question is, will this mount handle the scope (12 pounds) and imaging equipment (3 - 5 pounds) comfortably? If not, what else would you suggest?
Orion ed102t cf (714mm f/7)
Orion mini autoguider
QSI 583 mono
= shouldn't add anything weight to existing setup
Unfortunately anything along the lines of astro-physics is out of the question as the cost of importing is prohibitive. Portability is also an important factor as I have to travel in the car to get nice dark skies.
Cheers in advance,
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:31 AM
I've already been using the G11, so I've not had the chance to go back to the GM8 to see if my fixes would have worked with the lighter mount.
It's a great starter/visual mount and quite lightweight for the function. Wonderful for widefield imaging because of the ease of setup. If you go with a non-goto version, just polar align, turn it on and go. Let the autoguider program PEC and you're set for a night.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:49 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:54 AM
First of all, welcome to Cloudy Nights!
I'll second the GM-8's load capacity. It handles my 25 pound 5 inch refractors just fine for visual use and it should do okay with your lighter weight imaging load.
One possible suggestion to save weight: I love my MoonLite focusers and Ron Newman is a great person to do business with, buuuuuuut the MoonLite is heavier than a comparable FeatherTouch and I suggest you look into one of their focusers should you decide to upgrade. My Newtonian has a MoonLite, but all of my refractors have FTs!