Quote:A lot of Mach1GTO owners are strictly visual. You don't need to be an imager to appreciate a mount that is portable, well built, needs no tinkering, is extremely stable and accurate, has a versatile and easy to use hand controller, and gives you the flexibility to go to a larger scope or image in the future if your needs or desires change.
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Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote:I have been a visual observer for over thirty years. I put my money into quality optics, eyepieces and accessories. We tend to forget about the many accessories. Yes, a scope is only as good as its mount to a degree, but for visual on a 4" or 5" inch scope, a Mach 1 is overkill IMHO. Put that money into a good comparison mount(G-8, CGEM,CGE, TAK) and have the additional funds left over for any accessory you might desire! There are many facets beyond imaging in the hobby that are worth a try. The high end mounts are intended for imaging and you pay for that level of quality...
Quote:Ordered the 1st week of March...still enroute! I do believe it would be fine for your TEC140. I bounced back and forth between it and the CGE. I think it was Fred at Astronomics said I wouldn't need the CGE for the C11 and for visual the CGEM would fit the bill nicely...
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Quote:Paul - is that your own mount? It looks like a pro stock photo that I haven't seen before. I really like the add on tray arrangement and the Baader tripod. What a great visual set-up.
Quote:Paul G.' You also pay for reliability and after sales service. Something the Mach1 won't give you that the CGEM will:Is the after sales and reliability on the Mach 1 not so good then compared to Celestron? I would have thought AP were good on aftersales but have no idea ...it's just for future reference.Tom
Quote:So basically I have decided to go for it, now I am stuck in somewhat the same position as Doug D in that I have to figure out if I want a tripod or pier or just want to hire a couple of guys to hold the equatorial head steady.
Quote:And to some that is certainly worth the $ but for me, I'm okay with a new products glitches and having to "fine tune" its performance to my needs. They are crude and a work in progress, I accept that and save the other $5000+ dollars for other things...YMMV.
Quote:A lot of people using the Mach 1 swear by the Losmandy G11 tripod as the best and most reasonably priced option. This is certainly a good option to consider.
Quote:I wouldn't stress over it... you wanted to get a quality mount and there are darn few if any that are better than AP
Quote:Quote:I wouldn't stress over it... you wanted to get a quality mount and there are darn few if any that are better than APHas anyone seen those new ASA mounts? Just awesome!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yhsiv2A_Po