Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
Quote:AP because the smallest SB mount - the MX - is too large and unportable for me, and I like having the option of not using a PC.
Adam AP Mach 1, Rob Miller TRI36L, Celestron 8" Edge HD Hyperion 17mm, Celestron 40mm Plossl, TMB 7mm & 9mm WO 66, Lunt LS60/B1200 PT, CG-5 Clone STF-8300m Pro Package, Honis-Modified Canon XS, Un-modded T1i, SSAG, TSOAG9, SX LodestarLackawanna Astronomical SocietyMy Astrobin
C14 EdgeHD, C11 EdgeHD Zhumell 8" f/6 Newt AP1200GTO, CGEM DX, CG5-ASGT Rob Miller Tri36M tripod Canon Rebel XS, Atik 314L+, DSI pro I,II, QHY5L-II SX 7 FW with Astrodon LRGB, Ha 5nm Hutech OAG5, Rainbow Optics Grating Scorpio Observatory
Celestron EDGE 11/CGEM | Stellarvue SVR90T-25FT20MM ES100 | Televue 31MM Nagler T5 | Televue 11mm Nagler T6 | Televue 2X PowerMate Sky Safari 4 | SkyFi
Quote:Title is pretty much self-explanatory.
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:Quote:AP because the smallest SB mount - the MX - is too large and unportable for me, and I like having the option of not using a PC. Ditto. The Mach 1 is 29lbs vs 50lbs for the MX.
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Bashful, Misty, and little Ralphie - my heavenly stars
A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:AP, 1)because it breaks down into two pieces making it easy for me to lift the individual parts.2) the simple one star alignment, I am on my way in a couple of minutes using a pier that I have. But I set it up each time I use it. However it bolts back and no need to do a new polar alignment.3) works without a computer if I wish and is not proprietary about software, no yearly maintenance fees.4) best support that I have seen. Call, get advice, get parts, get whatever you need immediately.
Tak-106, AP900GTO, Unitrons, Masuyamas
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Quote:Just another tiny detail to help the amateur astronomer: you can drive a DC focus motor directly from the GTO control box, under both keypad and LX200 control.
Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
AP900GTO, AP1200GTO, DM6, Tak Epsilon 160, 12.5" F/3.8 AG Optical Newtonian, C9.25, 8" LX200GPS, 18" Starmaster w/Zambuto F/4.3, ES ED127mm CF, FS60C, SV80 FLI ML8300, QSI640WSG-8 SX Lodestars Some Uncle Al's glass hand grenades www.doghouseastronomy.com
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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
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Quote:Hi Chris,Of course many/most of the things you've noted apply to SB mounts too, particularly with the newer ME-II and MX which can track way past the meridian (a weakness of the old ME).Both AP and SB make fantastic mounts. In my opinion, one of the more important things to consider when differentiating between AP and SB is the philosophical requirement for TheSkyX to drive the SB mounts. While AP mounts are indeed way more agnostic about software, I think that cuts both ways. A lot of the best stuff about the SB mounts comes from the tight integration between the hardware and software (e.g. Pro-Track, DirectGuide). I'd hate to give that up.For example, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but to get something working at the level of sophistication of Pro-Track (e.g. incorporation of T-point flexure modelling in the tracking) on the AP mount requires AP Command Center, which means (1) you're no longer agnostic about software, and are even less agnostic about hardware, since you can only run it on a PC; and (2) AP Command Center isn't even out yet except to the beta testers, so I think it's just not possible to match the SB mount in this regard at the moment.I'm kind of reminded of PC vs Mac, or Android vs. iOS arguments… the openness of one system is a good thing, but the tight coupling of the hardware and software on the other system is a good thing too. I can well understand why somebody might prefer one or the other depending on circumstances.Anyway, in addition to an ME-II in New Mexico I have a Mach-1 GTO in my back yard and I really like both mounts. Bob
Quote:I simply responded to the OP about why I chose AP. I said nothing about SB or made any comparison to them. The OP didn't request a comparison.
Quote: I'm misunderstanding what the OP is looking for.
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 .