About to pull the trigger on a PMX...
Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:27 PM
I'm about to pull the trigger on a Paramount MX... have the invoice here with me but I'm having some doubts. On the SB forums and over on the Australian forum IceInSpace some folks were having trouble with their new Paramount MX's.
I wanted to ask CN's opinion here... should I go for it? The mount has been out for a while but I'm not sure if they've ironed out all the bugs. This would be my first high end mount and I'm a little nervous about spending $8000 on a mount that might cause me problems when I get it.
The only other option is Astro-physics but I don't know when they're going to replace the AP900 - I know it's going to be in a year or so but I really love the PMX's features. ProTrack, Versa-plate and homing really sound incredible.
Anyone on CN have a PMX? How was your experience?
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:18 PM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:28 PM
The mount itself is a work of art.It is a very high quality product and is very easy to set up and balance.The versa plate is huge and has tons of holes in it so you can mount lots of different scopes to it.
The issues I have had are with the software (theskyx) that you need to run the mount.They are constantly improving the software and at the moment are working on new camera software.
Having said that I was able to get everything connected and was able to polar align my scope to within 30 arcseconds of the refracted pole using tpoint and I have 7 arcsecond pointing accuracy based on a 100 star tpoint model.
I actually managed to get my mount to automatically acquire the 100 stars for the tpoint model.It was pretty cool watching the scope slew around the sky, take a picture, do a plate solve and then move on to the next star.
The camera control software is changing.It doesnt bother me because I use backyardEOS to acquite images anyway.
The support forum is pretty active and usually yoiu get a response within a day or so.In most cases it is to clarify how to do something rather than a problem with the software.
I even managed to get my DSLR and my moonlite focuser to connect to thskyx and autofocus my camera.
My Mx is on a pier and I can be imaging within 5 minutes of opening my observatory.
I dont guide my images.I have found round stars at the usualy exposure I use with my DSLR (180-300secs)
I have even taken exposure of 600-900secs with round stars and no guiding.
I know some people have had issues with getting the Orion autoguider to work, but that seems to have been solved.
I would highly recommend the Paramount MX and I see it being part of my astrophotography set up that I wont ever need to change.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:14 PM
Good thing the MI250 is... invincible A Bisque would be an excellent choice. The high end mounts are so nice!
That is a good point, Chris. With reasonable care and the way Larry built these things, I'll probably retire from astronomy before the mount is worn out.