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Quote:....the MX isn't very heavy and so I think it shouldn't be a problem.
Quote:....all you have to do is start the mount, home it, point it a bright star and you're go. Do I understand this correctly?
Quote:How easy is polar alignment with the MX?
Quote:Does TheSkyX have some sort of polar alignment routine?
Quote:How does Software Bisque's support compare to that of AP?
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Quote:I'd recommend also posting your question over on the IceInSpace Equipment Forum where you'll find more Paramount MX owners.
Quote:It's very easy, particularly if you use a camera to do automated calibration.
Quote:I think you should look for a larger mount if you are planning on the DSI 14" as this will load up either of these mounts.
The new AP1600 sure looks sweet And you can buy it as a base unit, and add the encoders later on if you want.
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Quote:Are there any other, lighter, telescopes in the 12" to 14" range which are corrected?
Quote:frolinmod, do you reckon the MX will handle the C14HD well?
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Quote:David, yes, I'm not buying an OTA anytime soon. But do you think Meade's optical quality would be as good as a Planeview CDK or something similar?
Quote:If the new new Meades match that performance, Meade will have a lot of imagers knocking down the doors.
Quote:I've heard (from a post over on IceInSpace) that the AP900 is also now being discontinued to eventually be replaced with something much better, no more will be produced and that if you want one, you need to buy one from current stock, real quick.
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Quote:the AP900 is still in production and available.
Quote:It is, like the 1200, being updated with new features and capacity.
Quote: Quote:It is, like the 1200, being updated with new features and capacity. Wrt to new features in the AP1600 I see practically none. A high precision encoder has been available for the AP1200 for some time. It is called telescope drive master. I see a troubling trend with AP mounts, heavier, bigger and more expensive. They are out of touch.
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Quote: Their customer support, open communication protocols and responsiveness to special needs and applications are unmatched by anyone else in the industry.
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Quote:The entry level morning calm is about $5500. If its comparable to the Mach1 then i think i'd rather go for the Mach1. On the other hand, Ap900 payload for Mach1 price would be a winner. I dont expect it though, Korea isnt a cheap place to manufacture stuff anymore.
Quote:Quote: Their customer support, open communication protocols and responsiveness to special needs and applications are unmatched by anyone else in the industry. You see, they are out of touch! They don't follow industry norms!
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I took a close look at MX web site and I have a small concern. It uses belt driven gears. If the belt is made out of rubber, then PEC may have to be re-recorded frequently because if the belt begins to stretch or change especially when the temperature drops significantly during the same imaging night, then current PEC may no longer be valid.
Good luck and let us know your decision.
Quote:Saad, I would say they are quite likely to be able to support you 10-15 years down the road.. Here's why:
Their business model isn't *only* hardware, it includes a not insignificant standalone software business. Software tends to be a more profitably sustainable business model than hardware, and so, they are potentially more likely to financially weather an economic "storm" (all else being equal).
The fact they make top-tier/quality mounts doesn't hurt either... The "carriage trade" will *always* be around, it's a question of the size of that market... If there were only two mount makers left, I'd have to bet on AP and Bisque...
(says the guy with the wonderful, but unfortunately now unsupportable, MI-250)...
All that said, at these levels, mounts are pretty much indesructable... as long as the electronics work, that is!
Either the PMX or the AP900 updated will be my next mount. IF there is a "next mount"...
Quote:when the temperature drops significantly during the same imaging night, then current PEC may no longer be valid.
Quote:Quote:when the temperature drops significantly during the same imaging night, then current PEC may no longer be valid.The Paramount GT-1100S and Paramount ME also use tensioned timing belts. The potential problem you describe does not exist.
Quote:As for support 15 years down the road.. well you should ask the users of the older Paramounts such as those running the MKS3000 or the even older stepper drives.