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Quote:Have to decideRichard
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Quote:PSThe ME and EM500's will be easier to acquire new as AP just finished there most recent production run. A new 1200 will be at least 7-9 months wait which is much less then 3-4 years ago now that AP has expanded their production facilities.
Quote: I will have to sell some other high end/high capacity mounts
Quote: Hmmm? What are you hoping to accomplish with the AP1200 that you could not with the other high end/high capacity mounts? A lot of people who own very modest mounts churn out great images. It is about skills not as much about equipment. A common problem I see is the folks with deep pockets tend to overpay. Make your goals clear, measurable and verifiable otherwise you will make an uninformed decision.
Quote:It just works... I often hear from others about how much less they spent on their mount, and I often watch those same folks struggle mightly with all sorts of issues. I've been using AP mounts for a little more than 9 years now. Not once have I ever had to do anything other than supply power to the mount. No firmware upgrades, no sending it back to the vendor for something else yet again, no "lost" mount issues, no nuttin. It's like an old diesel engine - it just works and never complains.
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Quote:I'm one of those folks All I wanted to say is, from my perspective, this has got to be in the top three reasons to own a mount in this class. I'm sort of biased in this area though, having spent the better part of a year wrangling with a hypertuned Atlas, EQMOD, PEC, the whole nine yards. It's AP or bust for me in the mount department. I've more or less vowed to quit imaging until I can afford a Mach1 with a clean conscience.Rod, hopefully I don't sound like an Atlas basher.
I can't help but wonder if your profession doesn't bias your opinion of this topic...
Regarding "not making sense".
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Quote: Well folks I did it, it will be shipped next week, many, many, many thanks to everyone that has responded, this was not an easy decision for me and every comment has been helpful. There isn't any single reason for my decision but the "touch and feel" issue certainly was important. Richard
Quote:Quote: Well folks I did it, it will be shipped next week, many, many, many thanks to everyone that has responded, this was not an easy decision for me and every comment has been helpful. There isn't any single reason for my decision but the "touch and feel" issue certainly was important. Richard Excellent - one of the best mounts available today. It will hurt a bit when you write the check - but it will put a smile on your face each time you use it!
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Quote:Is it true that you have to accurately polar align every time the mount is moved in order for the goto and tracking to work properly?
Quote: Is there a GEM mount that is used in a "portable" setting that doesn't have to be polar aligned every use? I don't think so.