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8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Quote:While I have not tried any of these mounts, I can recommend one thing from my personal experience.Since these mounts are very similar to each other, get the cheapest of the bunch and use the difference in price to invest in a pier.I just moved my G11 onto a pier 2 days ago and there is a marked improvement in performance in everything from GOTO accuracy all the way to tracking accuracy. And this is moving from a tripod known to be a solid performer.I hope this tip is of use to you.
Tak AP QSI Canon
Quote:And the Gemini2 requires you to build a model on the East and West sides every time you set up unless your permanently mounted.
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Quote:I plan in future upgrade to esprit 150 ED refractor which is around 15kg. With all accessories the system will probably reach 17.5 kg. The skywatcher EQ6 (Atlas) ...Another option is the CGEM DX...losmandy G11...
http://www.astrobin.com/users/orion69/ TS 150 mm APO Triplet, Feather Touch 3.5" focuser, Micro Touch Focusing System CGEM on custom made platform Atik 383L+ mono, Atik filter wheel, Baader LRGBC + narrowband filters SX Lodestar + TSOAG9 Dew-Not heater
Quote:I think the Atlas will handle your load but you'll have settling time issues. I'm running 14.5kg on my atlas and haven't had any issues. The new Atlas AZEQ Pro has a slightly higher weight limit but might be just over your budget. Another consideration is that it's a brand new mount and there isn't much user experience available yet. If you're looking at AP with the mount, don't forget to add in whatever mount control software you'll need. One great advantage is the Synta mounts (including the Atlas and Sirius) is the availability of EQASCOM (aka EQMOD). Combine this with CdC and PhD and you have a full set of mount control software that's all available as free downloads from the web.Phil
"My GOD, It's Full of Stars!" For the Obser: Atlas EQ-G w/moded SN8,JMI moto-focus, flocked tube,custom mirror cell.ED80 w/ACCUFocus,SSAG,DSI,EZ Guider. Modded Canon T1i,Pentax K-5II. For the field:14" Orion 14xxi,Flocked Tubes,Custom Paint,6 Fan Cooling,LED ground board lighting. Celestron CG5GT for film/digital photos w/EZ Guider, Atlas EQ-G w/an ES102ED/AT72 Piggy backed,EZ Guider. Various 1.25 & 2" Eyepieces.
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com