Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 01:20 PM
If you currently have a G11 I would strongly urge an upgrade to the Mach1, if the CFO allows it. I don't see the iEQ45 being able to carry 45lb (wishful thinking! the Mach1 is 45lb rated) and the iEQ45 would be a downgrade from the G11.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:39 PM
Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:30 PM
...Sell my G11 as it is to heavy to carry around in one piece...
You can't carry a c9.25+cgem in one piece, but you can use a cart to carry it in 3 pieces:
OTA, tripod+head, counterweight
Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:05 PM
I don't think AP has them in stock now tho.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:08 PM
Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:43 AM
I'm sorry, but your requirement for imaging capability pretty much rules out every lightweight mount that I can think of.
The lightest mount that could do a decent job of both visual and imaging capability would be the Mach 1, but it's too heavy for me to carry around in one piece.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:38 AM
Celestron AVX? But even that may be a little overloaded...
Yeah I would only recommend upto C8 Edge HD on the VX mount, this gives you a bit more load to play with, and to add a camera + other accessories without overloading the AVX mount.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:06 AM
Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:42 PM
I would say the Mach 1 but if its too heavy and your leaning towards the AVX you might want to down grade your OTA to an 8".
Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:29 PM
Kasey I will be interested in your experince with your mount.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:50 PM
Saddle (ADM) swapped over and 9.25 mounted, just got it balanced and set -up. is pretty close on balance, approx 22lb. counterweight. I am using a VSS+ mallincam so its live video, really will show tracking errors. Hope tomorrow night to try it for a short time to test it. I get up at 2AM for work and doesn't get dark till after 9PM UGGGHHH, but just running it thru angles motors seemed fine. Kasey
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:35 PM
A 9.25 inch Edge HD on an iEQ45 is one of my candidates for an ultimate astrophotography setup. The only thing that worries me is whether an iEQ45 will be steady enough for long exposures at f/10 or whether I need to invest in a Mach1.
Like you, I need to be careful about equipment weight. I have accepted that photography with an OTA that weighs 20 to 30 pounds will require a mount too heavy for me to carry when assembled. I will have to break it down into head, tripod and counterweights.