Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:05 PM
I imaged for six years with the Orion Atlas mount and that is what prompted me to stay with Orion (Sky-Watcher)for a beefier mount for the larger telescope I now use. What I like is that I can use all the same software, especially EQMOD, so it was easy software-wise to move to the larger mount. Two days after receiving the mount I was imaging with it in the field.
I think most are buying the HDX110/EQ8 mount for permanent installations, but I have heard from a few that are using them as portable mounts. I hurt my back a few times in recent years, and am worried about heavy lifting, so the hydraulic lift cart has taken care of that issue.
The HDX110/EQ8 mount is in a different class than the Atlas. I like the altitude adjustment since it works so well. It is a major improvement over the Atlas altitude adjustment. The polar alignment scope is a little easier to use on the HDX110/EQ8, from the standpoint that you don't have to bend as low to look through it and it has a ring to rotate, instead of rotating the entire mount. The power cable connection was always a problem on the Atlas, the HDX110 power connection is rock solid. The pier tripod of the HDX110 is better than the Atlas tripod from the standpoint that there is more room for imaging gear to avoid hitting obstacles.