Quote:I have been thinking'Dangerous I know;Being that the new Cgem 'CGE' EQ6-ect can be found at bery good prices.And with the advent of PHD guiding.Is it really worth paying big bucks for a TAK AP ect mount.If one can guide these cheap mounts and get excellent tracking.Why pay more.Am I missing something.
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Quote:I would love to have an AP1200GT, they are beautiful. Exactly for the reason of Mike's mount performance above, but at a cost of $9K, it is way out of my budget. I'll have a high end mount someday, but until then, I'll be guiding out the error on my CGE.
Quote:You can wage a war against any mount to improve tracking and periodic error, gear noise, etc. Or, you can buy a mount with killer characteristics right out of the box. That alone is worth it to some people.When you need to point an 80 pound telescope with a 4000 mm focal length, thats worth it.Really groz says it all.My AP1200 had good tracking out of the box (red line), and then PemPro made it ridiculous (blue line). http://www.pbase.com/mclemens1969/image/94812800 So I never fought the mount battles. Was that alone worth the cost premium? Not sure. Even if it wasn't, I had an 1800mm focal length scope that weighs 70 pounds configured to point, what can you do. The expensive big insane precision mounts will always have a place/use.
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Quote: In theory, properly trained for PEC, even my mounts _should_ be up to a job far more demanding than I'm putting on them today.
Quote: Those are good numbers, but of course, the limiting factor then becomes the need for a bright guide star in the appropriate location. Better quality mounts can be relied on to track longer between corrections, thereby being able to use longer guiding exposures.
Quote: Can video guiding be done with the Orion autoguider or some other "low end" camera? What software are you using?
Quote:The guider has a resolution of 6.1 as/p. Tracking of +- 1 arcsecond