Quote:Hi,I've just bought a FS-128 refractor.. and the $$$ for a EQ mount are high. I also find that the EQ mount I bought for my Sky 90 removes some of the compactness of the scope and is not as easy to point at objects in the sky.So, I was thinking of getting a Pier put in my back yard and buying a Takahashi TG-LA Alt-Az mount.I'm sure I can find cheaper Alt-Az mounts, but I like Takahashi, and it will be bullet proof.What do you think? Is this doable for planets or am I going to find it a pain keeping things on track?What does "Lapides Modified" mean?Here is a pick I found of a 210mm Mewlon on the mount I'm looking at;
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:How about a WO EZ-touch, or cheaper, the Orion AZ?
Quote:Would you guys take a DM-6 over a EM-200 if cost were not a factor?(for visual use).Regards,Daniel.
A-P 130GT 8" EDGE HD AVX AP Wood Tripod
Quote:I've read other posts which consider the DM-6 better? It would also enable a 6" apo to be mounted one day.Can the Giro III take a 6"?Daniel.
Quote:Are you saying that all the Teeguls are the same? The TG-LA is the same as the TG-SM just one has a bigger arm on it?I thought the TG-LA was a beefed up unit?Daniel.PS. The ED-Ting review I found was very positive?
Sergio - El Cubano Loco!!! 16" F4 Starstructure with Zambuto primary Takahashi FS-128 on a DiscMounts DM-6 A bunch of Ethos, a few Nags and a pair of Pans.
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:... As with any alt-az mount in this class, balance of loads is the key. Successfully hanging a 6" refractor on the Giro [or other alt-az mount] would depend more on focal length than weight, in my opinion. Perhaps others who have done so could give you more specifics.
Quote:Ok, made the decision.... I'm going the DM-6 complete with tripod and a case of Zeiss Abbe II eyepieces!The DM-6 is so much cheaper than a EQ mount of similar quality due to its simplicity. It can take a 6", and a mount for a 6" like the EM-4000 is four times the price.. it means I can get some more quality aperture alot sooner.I'll leave a good EQ until I have a Dome setup somewhere. Thanks all for your help.Daniel.