Atlas EQ-G, or Pro AZ/EQG?
Posted 23 February 2014 - 03:37 PM
I currently have a Atlas EQ-G mount, that was damaged in shipping. While waiting for the backordered replacement, I notied the Pro AZ/EQG mount, though a couple hundred dollars out of my comfort zone, would allow better visual use of the 8" F3.9 newt I plan to use on the EQ-G.
I plan to use the mount primarily for AP, but it would be really nice to be able to have the family look through the scope, without doing headstands.
$500 extra is a bitter pill, but I would not need another mount, for a very long time.
Just looking for some feedback. I am brand new to AP, so there will be a monumental learning curve as it is. I just saw the ability to use it as an Alt/Az, and wondered if this might be the perfect "Do it all" mount for my needs.
Any input appreciated.
Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:26 PM
Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:38 PM
You can Google the Skywatcher AZ/EQ6-GT. It's the same mount but has been out longer in Europe than Orion's version here. I haven't found a bad review yet.
Here's part one of three:
Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:51 PM
There are so few "Do it all, AND do it well" products in this hobby, I am hoping to make the most expensive part of my setup do dual-duty. I realize the 8" astrograph won't be a perfect visual scope, but it sounds like it does a very good job, from some of the other members I have asked about it. When not using it for imaging, being able to mount my 120 refractor next to the newt, would be a lot of fun. My Father in law loves looking through our telescopes, but he is disabled enough that any acrobatics are out of the question. I have two teenagers, that are a foot different in height, which can also be challenging.
For a "Few dollars more" it does sound like the best of both worlds.
Really, my biggest hesitation comes from my own ignorance. I enjoy the feedback I get from these forums. I have yet to get truly bad advice, and a ton of stuff that has helped not only my learning curve, but helped preserve my wallet, at times!
Posted 23 February 2014 - 05:43 PM
* AZ mode for visual EQ, for Astrophotography.
* Encoders on both axis, should your clutches slip after alignment.
* Upgraded counterweight bar.
* Belt driven gears.
* Additional saddle for dual scope operation in AZ mode.
I love mine, but there are a couple things that still bug me.
* No polar scope cover.
* The jack screw and clutch handle will sometimes snag on my USB cords if I don't tie my cables carefully.
Posted 23 February 2014 - 05:45 PM
Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:06 AM
I'd rather regret the extra $500, than regret NOT spending it later.
I'll update when I have more info to share. Right now, it's just an order confirmation!
Thanks again, to all.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:00 AM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:32 PM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:06 PM
My first Atlas EQ-G mount was damaged in shipping, and the replacement was a day away, in transit, when I decided to upgrade to the Pro model.
Now the replacement Atlas is back with them, and the shipping date is changed for the Pro model.
I am sweating bullets here, hoping they are on the ball, and I just got one of the last orders in for the Pro.
This is the absolute worst experience I have had, in the last few months, dealing with damage, and the never-ending "Do you have the (Deity constructing a barrier to retain a body of water) thing to ship to me, or not??" question.
Getting really old, I'll tell you that.
I will certainly update this as it progresses. Good luck to you!
Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:07 PM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:21 PM
One shipping problem, once in awhile, is to be expected, but sweating the whereabouts of that OTA must have kept you awake.
This is damaged unit number four, out of four attempts at having telescopes/ and or mounts shipped, in the last 3 months.
I'm just hoping the Orion Pro arrives in one piece, as there won't be any more until June...
Really looking forward to getting this, and learning how to use it!
Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:23 PM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:41 PM
Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:43 PM
Maybe my luck is changing, it will be severely cloudy and snowy here for awhile. That should guarantee a perfect mount, right?
I'll take it, if that's the case.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:08 PM
I have been eyeing this girl up for a while and was hoping for another price decrease, but it sounds like they are starting to move some numbers. This also suggests they may be into a later production run so any issue may be more worked out. Maybe I need to pull the trigger! I have been keeping an eye on reviews and they sound uniformly good with only some small glitches that may be operator error. Clear Skies!
Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:33 PM
All my hopes are pinned on boxes that aren't smashed, and an average, or above example off the production line!
Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:40 PM
Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:48 PM
It seems to depend on who you talk to. I get the feeling that the first line phone responders, (if you will), have basically the same info we get from the website. I spoke with Rich Rothhouse, and he handled my situation very well, I felt. I believe the website is updated to reflect shipping dates at the exact time you visit it.
Looks like both of our mounts are on the way. I just got tracking confirmation. If the UPS primates do their job, this could be a good week, after all.
Best wishes on your shipment too. Trust me, I feel the pain!
Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:26 PM
Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:52 PM
Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:31 PM
What an odd thing to get so stressed over, if I step back and third-person it for a second. Talk about the last thing I actually NEED, in my life, and yet I stress more over astro stuff arriving, than say, a new water heater.
Zero logic, pure emotion, is all I can figure.
Epdreher, good luck on the move. We are moving out of this armpit in two years, for sunnier, warmer climates. I am excited to get there, but not looking forward to the logistics of a long distance relocation. Hope you get your stuff unpacked sooner than you think!
Posted 02 March 2014 - 05:55 PM
Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:40 PM
I don't blame them, I have spotty reception when they have to move too