Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
Time spent looking at the stars is added to your life
Bashful, Misty, and little Ralphie - my heavenly stars
A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:Sixty-two inches high?! Be careful on that ladder (during setup, that is)!Have you looked into ATS (Advanced Telescope Systems) also? I've had one (albeit only 36" high) for the last 3 years and I've ordered another one for my new mount. They're extremely sturdy and don't require any tools for setup and breakdown.http://www.advancedtelescope.com/Regards.
Quote:I find the turnbuckle struts on the AP mounts always getting in the way and are a PITA. I'm getting a Parallax for my AP1200...here's a pic of a past short-owned AP1200 I mated w/a Parallax I shouldn't have sold but I had too many domestic distractions so now I'm having a do-over That said, I don't know how the Parallax would perform on uneven/softer ground, especially considering the heights for big refractors. For star parties the AP pier may be the better choice w/the bigger footprint.
AP900GTO, AP1200GTO, DM6, Tak Epsilon 160, 12.5" F/3.8 AG Optical Newtonian, C9.25, 8" LX200GPS, 18" Starmaster w/Zambuto F/4.3, ES ED127mm CF, FS60C, SV80 FLI ML8300, QSI640WSG-8 SX Lodestars Some Uncle Al's glass hand grenades www.doghouseastronomy.com
Quote:Hi Everyone... The 39" saddle plate was a huge improvement and after adding it I really had no problems with performance at all.