DM6 mount for a Takahashi TOA130
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:27 AM
Anyone have any thoughts on mounting my Takahashi TOA130 on a DM6 mount and ash tripod? I bought an iEQ45 for it and it works fine, it just the set up and weight (mount head, tripod +33lbs of counter weights) is kind of a hassle. I had a TV102 on a gibralter mount and loved the simplicity of it. I'm almost entirely a visual observer. With the full set up I want and shipping I'm at around $2800 and I've never seen or used one so I appreciate any feedback.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:28 AM
I would recommend using a Losmandy HD tripod with the Losmandy 12" extension for best stability and clearance of the ota.
Also, using widefield eyepieces with a push type mount is a better way to go, I went with all Ethos when I got my DM6 and love the combo.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:44 AM
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:45 AM
If you want something you can carry alot easier then check out the lightweight Rob Miller tripod.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:08 AM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
You can get the Losmandy Pier extension here:
https://www.astronom... Pier extension
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:45 AM
PS your going to love the Binotrons!
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:20 PM
Could you give me a link to where you got that extension, Johnny?
May I add I am utterly SHOCKED and GOBSMACKED that the price of the extension has more than DOUBLED since I got mine 6 months ago...??? I mean, $350... REALLY??? That is literally unbelievable.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:48 PM
It does look as if with either of them I'd need an adapter between my Planet's flat top surface and the pier extension, then another adapter between the pier extension and the DM6. That's a bit of a hassle; I think I'd prefer the DM extender even though it doesn't look so cool.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:56 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:50 PM
I bought my Planet with the Losmandy tripod top. I bought my DM6 used with the Losmandy pier extension ($118) and DM6 to G11 adapter ($150) at no extra cost so it was affordable for me.
I also own a Rob Miller Tri36M tripod. I wish I could find an affordable 8" diameter 12" high extension to go between the tripod and my AP900GTO.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:48 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:29 PM
I really appreciate everyones feedback, lots of great information. Thanks for taking the time to offer ideas and suggestions!