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#1 Jesus Munoz

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:25 PM

Hello,

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?

Thanks! :help:

#2 Jesus Munoz

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:41 PM

Additional information:

NJP:
- Used
- $4,500 (with tripod)
- No saddle
- Plus shipping (around $300)

EQ8
- New
- $4,300(head only)
- Includes saddle
- This price includes shipping

#3 orlyandico

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:22 PM

There's an NJP for $3,100 on the astromart classifieds as of yesterday...

#4 Jesus Munoz

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:32 PM

Yes but it was not GOTO, I checked it when it had only 13 hits. I almost triggered but goto is mandatory for me.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

sorry, you're right.. a used Mach1 would also come in at about 4500 and definitely can carry a 10" newtonian, but that would be about its limit.

#6 tjugo

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:15 AM

Hi,

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.

Cheers,

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:38 AM

I would love to have an NJP Temma 2. Fantastic polar scope for setup in the field and it just bleeds quality. Can be controlled with "The Sky" software.

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?

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 02:53 PM

As has been said, it's hard to match or beat Tak for mechanical excellence and raw tracking.

On the other hand, the EQ8 PE and tracking is proving to be superb, and the mount can be used with EQMOD.

#9 Jesus Munoz

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:50 PM

Yes, I've worked with EQMOD and it's great. I,ve also worked with the Takahashi ASCOM and it's not as complete as EQMOD.

But my question is still in the air, what mount would you choose?

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:13 PM

EQ8. I will wait for Orions version, otherwise it will be very expensive to send the mount for service.

Cheers,

Jose

#11 oo_void

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:07 PM

There an apparently, light-used EQ8 in the Classified section here.

#12 roberto001

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:30 AM

I would purchase the EQ8. I already have one. :-)

http://www.youtube.c...2QGeMAKHZvG1PsA

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 03:20 AM

I think it would also depend on how the OP intends to use the mount. I like the NJP for eqsy and quick setup in the field thanks to the very accurate polar scope. I don't know how the EQ8's polar scope works. Just something to think about.

#14 Jesus Munoz

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:14 AM

I would purchase the EQ8. I already have one. :-)

http://www.youtube.c...2QGeMAKHZvG1PsA


Thanks for your videos Robert, they are very illustrative. :jump:






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