Hi again and thank you so much for your answers. They were really useful, because they covered all aspects of the matter.
Thus, they were a good basis for taking a decision. I considered all solutions.
My criteria were:
1. Price below 2000 $ (the hole in my wallet after the M250 was too big for buying a more expensive mount)
2. Portability, if possible, not airplane overhead compartment, but train (suitcase). It should be possible to carry the suitcase up and down the stairs at train stations, and get it to the station somehow.
3. Stability. As little vibrations as possible at higher magnifications. AP not so important at this time.
4. Slow motion controls, if possible, as well as setting circles or (ideally) goto, but the latter was not an absolute criterion.
proposed a G11, EM400, AP900 (now Mach1) or Paramount. Especially one of the last three would be a dream mount covering everything including stability for visual and AP, as well as goto. But the don't meet criteria 1 and partly 2. The Mach 1 would still be portable at 13 kg plus counterweights. I think, whenever my funds are filled up again, I'll get a Mach 1.
advised against the iEQ45. I had the suspicion already, this mount might not be beefy enough for the Mewlon. This weekend I'll try it as an alternative for the ZEQ25 with the CN-212 at the shop of my dealer.
proposed a DM6 on a Losmandy tripod. I considered this mount seriously, because it looked so rock solid and really beautiful, but at the end the lack of slow motion controls was the deal breaker for me.
I had a look at the Berlebach. Seems rock solid to me and beautiful, a little on the heavy side though. The Losmandy tripod is obviously also very solid and absolutely beautiful. It would be a perfect match for the T-Rex, but also quite heavy. Another possibility would be a Rob Miller tripod, if they are still available. A wonderful alternative would also be the TTS-160 Panther Alt-Az mount and tripod by Trackthestars in Denmark. http://trackthestars.com
Simply amazing! If I had the funds, I would get it right away.
I think, I'll try the stock tripod first and if that does not work, consider other options.
- This obviously left me with the T-Rex, although the M250 with all accessories is at the limit of it's load capacity. But Tony's
OTA is not lighter than mine, so the M250 should be ok, I thought. Extremely beautiful setup, Tony!
So, I talked to Barry
of Kokusai Kohki, as John
recommended, and he assured me the T-Rex should have no trouble carrying this scope. He just said that, as the weight of the M250 with all the things on the picture above is at the limit of the load capacity of the mount, I might need a counterweight, like Tony, but that most probably I won't. So I took the jump and ordered the mount, in white, because the Mewlon is white too. I like especially the slow motion control, which is missing in the DM6. The T-Rex will soon get a tracking motor, made by Avalon, and in the not so far future even full Goto. And I have the maker just around the corner, so to speak, (see below) which is a very good thing.
The T-Rex was in stock and is due to arrive tomorrow!! (Kyoto is only two hours away from Tokyo). Very exciting. I hope I can sleep tonight. I'll keep you up to date about how the mount performs with the M250.
If it is really insufficient for the M250, I can always use it for the second CN-212 and get a DM6 for the Mewlon."Is this a setup you want to travel with? Will this be a replacement for your z25?"
, if possible, I want to put the mount and all other things in a suitcase, and carry the tube in a backpack. I tried the Fusion Bass-Trombone backpack, which I bought for the CN-212, with the Mewlon, but it was no fit. The backpack was too small. I'll now have a look at tuba-backpacks. A certain resemblance of the M250 with tuba cannot be denied, can it.
About my solution for the CN-212 I wrote a report for CN, which you can read here, if you are interested:http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=2919
By the way, the Mewlon 250 arrived during a minor Taifun. Good things seem to happen during Taifuns in Japan, just like my wedding one month ago. The hurricane started at the beginning of the wedding and ended at the end of it.
For now Good Night, it's already 1:30 am.
p.s. Good morning, it's 6:30 am in Japan. Today is a day off, and I can sleep another round later, after the T-Rex has arrived and is set up. I'll post a photo.