Quote: Spcifically self aligning technology such as the new Celestron Prodigy and Mead Lightswitch may lead to larger capacity high end mounts suitable for AP.
Quote: Will having to do polar alignment be a thing of the past?
Quote: Will we see portable self aligning harmonic drive mounts, light weight with no counter weights?
Quote: Will GEMs become obsolete?
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Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
Camera: SBIG 8300M, Baader 7nm Ha, OIII, SII, LRGB
Quote:I'd love to see a titanium edition of something like the AP-900 mount. That mount disassembles into two hefty pieces, a titanium edition would be very strong, and very light weight as well.Just a thought!!Dan
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Quote: As an example, if the question is: If I have 2 pounds of material and I want the stiffest tripod leg that is 40 inches long, then aluminum is the material of choice. On the other hand, if I have 2 pounds of material and I want the stiffest tripod leg that is 40 inches long AND 1.75 inches in diameter, then steel is a somewhat better choice.
Quote:Will having to do polar alignment be a thing of the past? Will we see portable self aligning harmonic drive mounts
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Quote:Not if you want to do long-exposure photography with no field rotation, but I think there's a good chance that mounts will be developed that can do it themselves with very, VERY high accuracy. All it would take was some motors on the altitude and azimuth adjustments on a GEM, a CCD camera and a computer that could talk with the camera, the mount and the adjustment motors and then run an automated drift alignment procedure. Given the sensitivity of the CCD, it could probably be done in a few minutes.
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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.
Quote:I own a Chronos HD32HPO Mount (250lbs max load) and I’m very happy with it.