Astro-physics, Canon, Pentax, QSI, Rob Miller, Stellarvue, Takahashi, TEC, William Optics (Time to thin the herd) My astrophotos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/r...s/72157627136712042/
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 .
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote:I disagree - in the past I have posted images made in very windy conditions with my TEC APO160ED (f/8) and the Mach1 was no problem at all. And that was with an 80mm guidescope. There were many occasions where my imaging conditions far less than ideal and the TEC and Mach1 -no problem! Yes balance and setup become more important and I do thin I was getting near upper limit for the mount but it was not a problem with 20 minute subs. (I'd even posted our local NOAA data for bona fides. I wish folks here would post what they actually know from experience as I don't think that is fair Orlando to say it would have a problem.The TEC APO160ED is as things go light for it's aperture but still a front heavy triplet. I know many others especially some of the TMB's (and I cannot recall if they were 152 or 160 though I am thinking 152mm) weighed more, not that there are a lot of 160's out there.One thing, I am permanent mounted on a reinforced concrete pier... but as far as the 160 I used, the Mach1 was an ideal mount.
“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
Tak AP QSI Canon
Quote:I image regularly with the TOA-130 and my Mach1. The TOA is notoriously a heavy telescope and mine, with all the trimmings and the CCD, weighs in at about 34lbs. That includes the rear tube counterweight. I seem to be getting pretty tight stars.
Time spent looking at the stars is added to your life
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: little A-P
Rob Tak EM200, TEC 140 And if the dam breaks open many years too soon, And if there is no room upon the hill And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.
Mach1GTO / G11/G2 (stock) / AT6RC / AT10RC / TMB92SS / Astrodon 50D / STT-8300M / FW8G-STT / PixInsight / etc, etc. Astrobin - Flickr