Anyway, I had posted a query in the mounts forum recently about the ability to mount my C8 via a Vixen-style dovetail and then mount to the scope a Celestron Onyx 80 EDF via an ADM MDS dovetail. I had concerns about the stability of this configuration. After receiving an answer from Uncle Rod stating "keep on truckin'" I proceeded to try it out. Well, it seems solid enough to me! Now, due to weather issues, I have not had the chance to see if there is any appreciable flexure in the system when looking at stars, so I will update that at another time, hopefully in the coming weeks.
I have seen other posts where people posted questions or had concerns about such a configuration. And I had looked through numerous pics from other posters about their particular mount/scope configuration to see if I could find someone doing it as I was planning on doing it. I saw a few, but rather few. So, to share my experience I decided to post a video on YouTube showing this configuration. It can be found here: http://youtu.be/DMjuvcODXXo
Only downside to the Atlas is it seems to drain my battery far quicker than my old AC motor on my Byers drive. In fact, using it just last evening, the battery dropped one notch (highly accurate, huh?) on its meter after just 45 minutes of use after fully charging it during the day. Any suggestions on a good battery source? How many amp/hours would be good? Id like to try and avoid anything that has flashlights, air compressors, radios and all that built onto the battery. I just need a good battery!
Thanks to all in advance!