Quote:I'm considering a mount in the "Atlas/EQ-6, CGEM class" for astrophotography. I'm sure that a well-running version of either would meet my needs. To insure the "well-running part" (especially smooth PE) out-of-the-box, I would be willing to pay a reasonable amount for one of the tune-up options, which are probably only available on the EQ-6 at present. I've heard of the Telescope Stability Systems "hypertune" (still available?) and the "WS2" process. Which of these would you recommend? Are there others that should be considered? Note that I'm not interested in personally fooling with the mechanics of a new mount in any significant way for fear of making it worse.
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Quote:The Atlas is, out of the box, capable of very good guided imaging. At focal lengths of <1500-mm or so, it is a real champ, especially if you keep the load down (in the neighborhood of a C8 and guide scope). Unguided imaging? Don't expect more than about 30-seconds if you expect a large percentage of subs to be keepers.Tuneups? I'm not convinced in the efficacy of that even if you can find somebody to do it. IMHO, if you need More Better Gooder than the Atlas/EQ6 offers out of the box, the thing to do is to bump it up a notch to the CGE/G11 class at about 3000 dollars.I have no complaints about my Atlas. Well, the HC ain't that great, but I leave that at home; EQMOD is sweet.
Quote:Rod, I have read a lot about the "shavings, paint flakes, etc." that seem to be in the Atlas and thought that they might contribute to some of the high-frequency PE jitter that many users seem to see and probably can't guide out without very special measures. So, it seemed like spending another roughly $500 to get this removed, better bearings, backlash adjusted by a pro, etc. might be money well-spent for me. That would bring the total cost to only in the neighborhood of $2000 rather than $3000 and also provide a lighter mount to setup than the CGE or G11, which would probably be capacity overkill for me and also might have still have some out-of-the-box difficulties for the "serious adjustment challenged." So, is this a reasonable strategy if you only need an Atlas-capacity mount, but want smoother tracking and "lower risk of return," and like the $2000 price range?
Quote:Maybe. Funny thing is, I don't run into many folks who are having trouble guiding their mounts or who seem to be deviled by these shavings. Don't you reckon it might be a good idea to try the mount first before throwin' money at somebody to fix somethin' which likely ain't broke? I am NOT convinced any of this kinda stuff will do pea-turkey to improve your PE...but that's jus' this ol' penny-pinchin' country boy talkin'...
Quote:So did anyone try WS2 process?