15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
EON 120 Zeiss micro eyepiece maniac: PL 10x18, PL 16x16, 25x10 Zeiss 68deg Diascope eyepieces: 12.8mm, 16.5mm, Brandon 12mm Zeiss Jena microscope binoviewers ES: 24mm 68deg, 31mm 82deg
Leica 8x20; Nikon 7x35; Vixen 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter 15x60
WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:Definitely food for thought, thanks!At this point, I'm going with an ADM saddle for $69 since my EON already has a Vixen plate, trading my tripod for an older, sturdier, Losmandy tripod. If necessary an extension for this is around $120 vs $225. I considered the T-Rex but the complexity of it's insides sorta scares me off. If it broke, I wouldn't know where to begin, but a DM, I probably could take care on my own. Also, I'm not a huge fan of slow motion cable controls..
Matt in Oz Takahashi Mewlon 210 F11.5 = 2415mm Takahashi TSA120 F7.5 (out on loan) = 900mm Takahashi FC76CSV F7.5 = 570m Takahashi FS60CB F5.9 = 355mm
Quote:I'm not sure if either the DM4 or DM6 would be able to mate properly with the surveyor tripod! I do intend to get at least a 9.25SCT, maaybe a C11? Does anyone know if the 9.25 with binoviewer would be too much for a DM4?
Quote:I went through this scenario as well and decided on the T-Rex mount instead.For me the advantage of the slow motion controls alone was important.
KJ SV50A, SVR80ST, SVR90T, C6 XLT Mini Hitch, Dwarfstar (GT1542T, GT5562LTS) Pentax XW 20, 30, 40 Panoptic 41 Image Intensified Eyepiece, Gen III Leica ASPH Zoom + Baader Zeiss 2x Delos 17.3 Nagler 2-4
Quote:If it is any solace it probably isn't the most expensive AltAz in its class - I think the Nova Hitch would now be a primary contender for that spot.
Quote:As important as the mount itself are the legs and anything else you have in the chain (e.g., extension, tripod adapter, base plate, etc.). Not what you want to hear perhaps but I wouldn't skimp on whatever sits under the mount. You might end up looking to replace your existing tripod at some point after getting the DM-6 if you aren't happy with the performance - so any adapters you have to buy now to make it work with your surveyor tripod could be wasted. Maybe your tripod is fine but if you have any doubts it is worth considering it now. Not trying to make the $ situation worse but just taking a potentially longer view that could save money in the long run.
Thanks to these experiences, when I upgraded to a larger "home" tripod (that was still travel-capable) I jumped straight to the Gitzo GT5562LTS. That has an 88-lb load capacity, but weighs just 6.5 lbs and collapses to 19.5 inches. No regrets, well, until I have the room to store a Berlebach Sky or equivalent .....
It's really true what people say about paying up once, becoming happy, and never thinking about the cost ever again.