NJP or EQ8... what mount would you prefer?
Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:25 PM
I'm planning to buy a mount for a 10" f/4.7 newtonian OTA for astrophotography. Its weight is around 45 lbs.
I've been talking with Teleskope Service (Germany) and they will have in stock the EQ8 in 3 weeks. But now someone is offering a NJP Temma 2 with tripod just $200 more than the new EQ8.
What mount would you prefer?
Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:41 PM
- $4,500 (with tripod)
- No saddle
- Plus shipping (around $300)
- $4,300(head only)
- Includes saddle
- This price includes shipping
Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:22 PM
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:15 AM
Something that usually is not taken into account is the Software. The mechanics of the takahashi mounts are very very good but the electronics and SW is very basic and not reliable.
If you plan to operate your mount unattended I don't recommend you the NJP. My gear is operated in a semi remote way (my observatory is on the roof of my house) and the only reason I have to 'visit' the observatory is to manually restart the EM200. Having said that, the tracking is fantastic.
Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:38 AM
The EQ8 is pretty new, but reports say the PE is very good.
NJP payload is rated at 66 lbs. (conservative)
EQ8 payload is rated at 110 lbs.
What is most important to you in a mount?
Posted 05 September 2013 - 02:53 PM
On the other hand, the EQ8 PE and tracking is proving to be superb, and the mount can be used with EQMOD.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:50 PM
But my question is still in the air, what mount would you choose?
Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:13 PM
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