which mount should i get?
Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:02 PM
I also have a ZEQ25 for a more portable option and so far haven't found it any easier or worse to guide but can say the AVX is a bit more stable/solid overall, especially when used for visual. The 2" tripod option might change that but it's around $200 added to the base price.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:15 PM
I like nebulae and galaxies more than planets. Are there many nebulaes small enough to be worth an expensive scope?
Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:39 PM
I stand corrected and should choose my words more carefully. However, I stand by my assessment that this type of mount is not a good choice for AP.
Do you own a CG-5 or AVX mount and if so have you done AP with it?
No, I started with a CG-4 and modded the hand controller for AP then got a Sirius.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:30 PM
Atlas way better, true, but by no means is AP impossible on a "cheaper" mount. Maybe more difficult yes, not impossible. But a better mount made it way more enjoyable. You would get better results long term too I imagine.
Anyway I gave it up, no time. Wanted to give OP some color commentary. The AVX looks a hell of a lot better than the used SVP I modded a decade or so ago.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:04 PM
My comment on the above combination is that you are more likely to have problems with the AT65EDQ than you are with the AVX. In fact, I can NOT recommend the AT65EDQ for "serious," quality astrophotography.
So, as far as the AVX, in my hands and with my particular sample it can do wide-field astrophotography. You may have some issues with guiding on the declination axis but that would be true with any low-end or mid-range mount. Is the AVX perfect? No, but it's decent given its price and weight.
Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:43 AM
Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:09 AM
Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:29 AM
Just Google or search here on CN and you'll find reasons (although I never actually said that it was "not suitable for AP"). Furthermore, I'm not going to suggest that everything you read on the internet is true in the majority or 100% accurate or necessarily the last word on any product. YMMV (as I like to say), but given my experience with two separate samples of the AT65EDQ I can not personally recommend this scope for quality AP.
James why do you say the AT65edq is not suitable for AP? First time I've heard this...
But, I don't want to highjack this thread into a discussion on the AT65EDQ, so this will be my last word on that subject right here.