Quote:If you want sub arc second photographic resolution my gut tells me no but it might work OK for visual.
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Quote:I was trying to make a point
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Quote:Picture was from the other poster that was complaingin about the cheap castings on the EQ6. I thought that it was instructive to show my concern for trying to overload this mount. Hope he doesn't object.
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Quote:Quote:Picture was from the other poster that was complaingin about the cheap castings on the EQ6. I thought that it was instructive to show my concern for trying to overload this mount. Hope he doesn't object. Well...the thing is:While I wouldn't suggest a C14 for the mount (how you gonna balance it?) it is capable of handling 40 pounds. What happened to this dude's mount? I don't know and neither do you. Does this happen all the time? No. Frequently? No. More than once? I don't know but this is the only one I've heard of.
Quote:2) That being said, I 100% agree that the Atlas isn't a heavy duty mount.
Quote:Or maybe the person that submitted the picture was right and it is simply a case of using cheap castings.And maybe in the end it was plain and simple bad luck. Like the bumber sticker says... Stuff happens.
Quote:Quote:2) That being said, I 100% agree that the Atlas isn't a heavy duty mount. I won't deny that...and IMHO, the CGE and G11 are not "heavy duty mounts" (whatever that is) _either_. Both are barely sufficient for the C14 in my judgment. To get to heavy duty you need to step up to the Titan league at least. Course many folks do not need and cannot afford to do that. The Atlas is a high quality mount perfect for many users.
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Quote:1) The mount in the picture (I realize it isn't the poster's) has massive damage to the top of the legs. Was it used as a battering ram or dropped a few times? That might have further weakened the casting. It sure looks like the damage to the tops of the tripod isn't "normal wear and tear".
Quote:If this were some kind of inherent limitation we would have plenty more cases similar to this one. A lot of folks _are_ loading this mount heavily. We are not seeing these cases, so my diagnosis is "manufacturing defect in this example" or "abuse by end user."
Quote:Again, after rebuilding 3 of these mounts (post crack in base) I think it's the set screws behind the plastic cover that makes it hard(er) for many to adjust the altitude bolts.
Quote:I like my Atlas. Nevertheless, i picked up my third CGE recently and for good reason. It CAN handle a C14 fairly easily for visual and piggybacking a small refractor isn't out of the question either.
Quote:The mount certainly has one good thing the G11/CGE do not: EQMOD...
Quote:Try THIS with an atlas
Quote:I'm confused.., regardless of whether or not its any good, surely you actually meant to say that EQMOD is simply AVAILALBLE FOR for the EQ6, but that EQMOD isn't available for the CGE/G11, yes?
Quote:Assuming a carefully balanced SBS setup with a relatively short moment arm (FSQ106EDX and a guidescope), is 40 pounds (total of 2 scopes, rings, plates, cameras, etc.) too much for an Atlas? In case it matters, the Atlas will be mounted on a transportable pier, not on the usual tripod.