Which 3 mounts is best to carry a C9.25HD for LPI
Posted 16 June 2013 - 01:58 AM
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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:07 PM
Like you, I am load limited. I would like a Losmandy G-11 for its load capacity but it is just too heavy for me. One compromise I have accepted is to separate the head from the tripod for transportation and reattach them every time I set up. I can cope with an iEQ45 this way since the head weighs 25 lbs and the tripod 16.5 lbs.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:45 AM
Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:23 AM
The mounts you listed are light duty for the 9.25 *IF* you want to use them for long exposure AP. BUT ... since you state that you only want to do lunar and planetary imaging, I think that range of mount would be acceptable.
Keep in mind though, that the iEQ45 only weighs 25 pounds, which puts it in the same weight category as the Sirius and CG-5. You'd be getting a substantially more capable mount for the same weight.
I have a very bad back and went for the iEQ45 for exactly this reason. The mount head is really quite easy to manage compared to the competition (CGEM or Atlas). Since the counterweights are always handled separately, they don't enter into the weight comparison.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:48 AM
I wouldn't get any of the lighter mounts. Maybe a GM8, but you'd want to keep in mind that the stock tripod is a bear.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:04 PM
None of these will carry a C9.25 well for AP. I'd look at a CGEM/Atlas/G11.
But they will do a good job for either visual or Lunar and Planetary Imaging. My vote is for the VX...best go-to accuracy in the bunch.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:30 PM
What's GOTO have to do with carrying capacity?
Who said it had a dadgum thing to do with it? I was expressing my preference for the VX compared to the other (very similar) mounts.
The only thing that surprises me? Nobody has chimed in yet with the wisdom that only an AP Mach One will do...
Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:02 PM
Now that that's out of the way, all 3 would be quite serviceable for your stated use. If you think you may go bigger or dual scopes in the future I would go with the G11. If you think you will never need more weight capacity I would go with an Atlas for EQMOD.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:59 PM