scopes, cameras, mounts & time enough at last
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“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:I'd go with the EQ6 or Atlas. Better capacity than the standard GM8 and more "ironed out" than the new AZ EQ6 Pro. And less costly than either. I replaced a GM8 with an Atlas. The Atlas is the better mount all around; better capacity, more and better features, lower price, etc. The GM8 looks better due to its all CNC machined nature (that Atlas has some coarse looking castings), but in terms of function and utility, Atlas all the way. The GM8 is a pretty face, but vapid. The Atlas is borderline homely, but solid and true under the skin. Mi dos centavos.- Jim
John H Visual astronomy on the Blue Ridge since 2004
Quote:Sorry fellas; I will NEVER buy a celestron mount any of them ...
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Quote:Since the GM8's light tripod appears to be the weak part, how about a GM8 with a tripod from someone other than Losmandy?Although they are heavier than a GM8, the Astrophysics Mach1 and iOptron iEQ45 are lighter than the EQ6.
Quote:I thought about the eq6,,, but they seem to have a problem with the latitude adjustment screw/bolts,, This concern was addressed with the release of the az-eq6 which now follows the roots of the q45, AP, and others that switched to the dual side plates for altitude control and stability...Even my fav mount the (ha ha) cgem has a much better altitude adjustment than the eq6 with its push/pull dual bolt design.
Quote:NOW only if AP mach1 used the same counterweights that the 1600 does... one would not have to double up on carrying stuff to a really dark site...
Quote:one + for the GM-8 is that it uses the same controller, counter weights and cables that my 145# Titan does,,,
NOW only if AP mach1 used the same counterweights that the 1600 does... one would not have to double up on carrying stuff to a really dark site...
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