help me make a luxury decision
Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:51 AM
I'm contemplating the purchase of a new mount for my observatory (and two or three trips to dark skies per year)
Bisque Paramount MX
Cost wise they are not too far apart.
I like the PM-MX for heavuer weight capacity, internal cable routing including usb and power outlets and software integration.
10 micron has the absolute encoders but has lower capacity. And it has a full hand controll as oposed to the PM-Mx
The MACH1 has the lowest weight rating, but is very portable.
So what would you advice. I have to admit that I lean most to PM-MX
Thanks for your thoughts,
Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:46 AM
Do you need the higher capacity of the PMX? If not, I'd stick with the Mach 1 GTO. It's a simpler mount (simple is good!), very easy to carry around and is actually quite conservatively rated. No need for a PC either.
The PMX is a very sophisticated mount (but most of the sophistication is in the software) - this isn't a bad thing, it's just that you'll need to some spend time learning how to use TheSkyX (and TPoint, ProTrack etc.).It's as precisely made as the Mach 1 GTO or any AP mount. If you take a look over at the Bisque forum, you'll note that Bisque replies and helps out every customer with a problem.
One huge advantage of the PMX that I love is the Versa-plate - it has a 2 port USB hub built-in and a 5V and a 12V out and a EXT. Power Port which can power your cameras/focuser etc. It is very convienent to use these ports and it ensures you won't have cable snag. If you intend to put the Mount on wheels, these connectors are even more useful as it means you don't have to disconnect any wires going to the camera etc. Just drag everything into the garage - the cables you'll disconnect are the power cable to the mount, USB cable connecting the mount to the PC etc.
The PMX comes included with the software, 2 counterweights, shaft and even a power supply! A lot of folks consider the 48V to be inconvenient and sure, you can't plug it into a car but an inverter can fill this role quite easily.
You might also want to wait for the AP 1100-GTO.
Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:40 AM
Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:21 PM
Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:34 PM
Need parts, no problem. Want Go-To with a handcontroller, no problem. What portability, no problem.
That said, the PMX is a beauty and I liked a bit about it. But when I set up an AP900 and another fellow set up the PMX next to me, I was up and imaging while he was still running the alignment routine.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:38 AM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:30 AM
I hate to tell you this, but the inexorable solution to that dilemma is that you will purchase one of each.
...if I sold it the only replacement for that would be another Mach1 so I keep waffling.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:54 AM
If it were me I'd go for the 10 Micron due to better cost. Or..... If you don't mind used... There was a Gemini G41 Observatory on a mart for 3000 EUR
Best buy ever. Bill Dean (ex Coronado) has two and speaks of them highly.
(I'm a current AP owner)
Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:50 AM
You can also do some amazing stuff with theskyx like track satellites and make moon mosaics.