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Quote:They were each the best for what I wanted at the time. And no, I'm not a gear junkie.
N11GPS Fastar//TOA-130S//MK66 Std//AT6RC//Vintage C5//Megrez II 80mm APO//SolarMax 40 NJP Temma II//Sirius EQ-G Too Many Astro-Cameras//Mallincam Color Hyper Plus Two not-spoiled Golden Retrievers - Casey and Nelson Lot 19 Deerlick Astronomy Village (Canis Major)
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Quote:Your question is much like asking who makes the best car in the world. If there was an actual BEST mount made, then all of us would know about it and all of us would own only one mount...the best one. As it is I own 4 mounts and I'm looking at another one.
Quote:As with many things in life (that are manufactured precision instruments anyway), you'll find it pretty much tracks with price...
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
Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS
Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue
Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300
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Quote:The BEST mount, hands down:http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap090525.htmlIt even makes everything listed above look like junk...
Quote:Quote:As with many things in life (that are manufactured precision instruments anyway), you'll find it pretty much tracks with price...I agree with the above, good optics on a poor mount gets you no where. poor optics on a great mount at leasts gets you round stars
Quote:But, I have owned a BUNCH of different mounts and I would say the AP Mach1GTO has got to be in the running for the best mount when you factor in price, load capacity, performance and portability.
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A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:I'll second that vote. The AP Mach1GTO is a super mount and it even looks cool enough that my wife lets me keep it in the family room.
Quote:Your question is much like asking who makes the best car in the world.
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Quote:Quote:I'll second that vote. The AP Mach1GTO is a super mount and it even looks cool enough that my wife lets me keep it in the family room. OK, Ron, I edited my post.
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Quote:And no, I'm not a gear junkie.
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Quote:...They were each the best for what I wanted at the time. And no, I'm not a gear junkie.
“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
"Considered as a collector of rare and precious things, the amateur astronomer has a great advantage over amateurs in other fields ... the amateur astronomer has access at all times to the original objects of his study; the masterworks of the heavens belong to him as much as to the great observatories of the world. And there is no privilege like that of being allowed to stand in the presence of the original." --Robert Burnham Jr, Burnham's Celestial Handbook