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Used AP900 or New Mach1 or New AP1100?

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#26 orlyandico

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:40 PM

Ed Thomas sells the Geoptik Hercules I believe. It's cheaper than the Berlebach Planet. Not as light as a Rob Miller but you can buy it..

I personally use a cheapo Celestron $75 tripod from an Ultima with my Mach1. It has the exactly the hole spacing for the ADATRI.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:56 PM

Here's the posting from the AP Yahoo Group:

http://tech.groups.y...o/message/40485

He is selling an AP900GTO, Rob Miller Tri36M, and a lot of pieces to work with the AP900GTO.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:31 AM

Ah, yes. He is the same gentleman that is on Astromart and has already sold the tripod. Thanks for the heads up!

Orly, I'll have to check out both of the tripods you mention.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:02 PM

I would suggest the Losmandy HD tripod. Simple and extremly stiff. The best tripod for astrophotography.
I am using it with all my mounts, from the GM8 to the AP900 at full load, (about 200lbs total load) without any concern.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:18 PM

The mach-1 can certainly go bigger too, depending.. ;)

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#31 hytham

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:49 AM

Well I did it. Brand new Mach1 purchased yesterday and will be here in 2 weeks. Bought the last one Anacortes had in stock and AP had absolutely none left in inventory until next year.

Still holding my hopes up for a light tri-pod by Miller.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

Congratulations ! This a great mount for sure!

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:48 PM

Nice choice, you can not go wrong with it.
Blueman

Well I did it. Brand new Mach1 purchased yesterday and will be here in 2 weeks. Bought the last one Anacortes had in stock and AP had absolutely none left in inventory until next year.

Still holding my hopes up for a light tri-pod by Miller.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

Congrats!! Mach1/FSQ is the dream setup.
Did you get the RAPAS too?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:40 PM

Congrats!! Mach1/FSQ is the dream setup.
Did you get the RAPAS too?


Thanks folks. Though I had my heart set on the AP900, I had no real good reason to acquire it. The Mach1 definitely fits the bill for travelling around to the dark sites.

I have not purchased the RAPAS yet. I don't know why I'm hesitating (it's not the cost), but I guess that since I have not needed a polar scope with my DX and rely on drift aligning to acquire accurate PA ... ?

Is it really that worth it?

Now time to decide on mount control software (learning never ends, does it!?).

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:35 PM

I know two people who use the RAPAS with the 1200 and the 900 and they both love it. After those good reports I ordered mine. I'm still waiting but I hope it ships soon.
Apparently it's a lot more accurate than the Losmandy one.
Being used to the polar scope on my Tak I love to be able to be accurately aligned for guided photography within a couple of minutes.
Fo what it's worth I use SGP for high precision pointing and the hand controller for gotos.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

Congratulations! You'll love the Mach1GTO.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:47 PM

Great choice. Mach1's ratings are conservative to say the least. I don't think you'll be disappointed ... :waytogo:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:33 PM

Congrat's on your choice and getting a new Mach1 mount, look forward to you impressions and don't forget to add a pic or two ;) !

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:06 PM


Have you considered the Eagle Pier? It's lightweight, folds up neatly, beautifully machined, adjustable, and is extremely solid. The only downside is the price.

Faron

Well I did it. Brand new Mach1 purchased yesterday and will be here in 2 weeks. Bought the last one Anacortes had in stock and AP had absolutely none left in inventory until next year.

Still holding my hopes up for a light tri-pod by Miller.



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:13 PM

Mach1 and Eagle are literally made for each other. I think that should tell you everything you need to know about the Eagle ... :grin:


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