My first night with the Atlas Pro (Edge HD 11)
Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:39 PM
First, this mount is quiet! I had it in alt-az mode, and tracking was rock solid. It handled the Edge well, as focus and even tapping on the tube didn't create much in the way of visible vibration.
The dual-encoders thing is pretty slick. I released the clutches, turned the thing 180 degrees, pointed it up about 40 degrees, engaged the clutches and then did a goto. Dead on, same as before I released the clutches. Cool!
I also used it as a camera tripod with my 5D mounted to the back of the scope. Performance was a little worse than I expected as there's a bit of stiction in azimuth when moving it manually. I'm not sure why. Maybe I didn't have it balanced properly. I got a lot of decent shots for my first time out.
Overall, for the first night, I'm so happy I'm not sure I'll sleep!
Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:56 PM
I have the 11 EdgeHD. It's a nice scope. Much more manageable piece than the CPC-11 setup. The 11 EdgeHD is a moderate weight by itself.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:04 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:16 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:58 PM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:05 PM
Cool, so you had no problem with the C11 EdgeHD in alt-az mode. I may have to save up for this mount. I would love to have my SV115T on the mount at the same time as my C11.
I can't see any reason that would be a problem. What could be the difference between one scope and a bunch of counter weights, and two scopes, other than alignment? Seems like it should work to me, but they do note that there's no way to align either scope in the left-right direction (alt-az) so you might have to come up with your own method for that. I might as well.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:17 PM
I have stacked my SV115T on top of my C11 Edge using the MaxGuider for adjusting the piggybacked scope. This is on a AP900GTO.