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Quote:I'm considering upgrading my Atlas to a Losmandy G11 w/Gemini 2 in the next month or two. I was curious as to how portable this setup would be for astrophotography, considering I do most of this at my astronomy club's local site, away from home and severe light pollution. I don't really have much trouble hauling the Atlas to and fro, but the Losmandy's components are a little heavier. I couldn't find the dimensions of the equatorial head on Losmandy's site. Does anyone know the rough dimensions of the equatorial head, so that I could look at possible cases for a total weight on that part.
Quote:I have been pleased with the Atlas, but I want to upgrade to a little bulkier setup with a larger capacity and lower PE. Basically, I'm wondering if this is feasible as a portable setup, or if I should wait a while longer and consider a used Tak EM 200 or Mach 1. I realize also that Gemini 2 is in its beta version right now, but I really like the future capabilities that will be implemented into the Gemini 2 system. I've been perusing the Gemini 2 and Losmandy Yahoo Groups.
scopes, cameras, mounts & time enough at last
Quote:....oh yes. And for some reason, I've never seen ANY evidence of the 76 sec error in my mount. Strange? Anyone else out there who doesn't seem to have it? -David.
G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:Thanks for the input everyone. I think i'll save up some more cash over the next couple months and see how the Gemini 2 system progresses. For those of you with the G11, did you order the mount with the one piece worm block, or replace the originals with the Ovision worm replacements? It seems like the best option would be to just have them install the OPWB at Losmandy. From what I've read, there is a significant improvement with respect to a 76 sec periodic error that is alleviated with the OPWB and Ovision worm. Would you consider this a worthwhile improvement from the start, or would the money be better spent elsewhere such as getting the DSLR modded as David mentioned. If I've saved enough cash before the Gemini 2 system is more polished, i'll consider the Tak EM 200, or Mach 1. But it seems like the G11 is an incredible value for the price.
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