14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Quote: Other manufacturers seem to have gone the route of better integration and I'm sure Losmandy will eventually, but when is that likely?
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Quote:..... It seems to me, though, that the Losmandy G8 and G11, though both very good mounts, are due to a bit of an update in regards to the integration of the goto electronics into the mount as a whole. .....
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Quote:I thought Meade lost that one but won the level north case. That was why Celestron went to sky align. Uncle Rod can clarify that.
Quote:That apparent lack of integration is not a bug: it's a feature.
Quote:How would you suggest that motors and gearboxes be added to the G-11, if not like they are now, so that they do not look like add ons?
Quote:"The Borg with their "superior" direct drive technology are trying to assimilate everyone. Resistance is futile ;-) " Even after we're all assimilated, there will be "diehard' enclaves of 8/11 users hiding out in the mountains out West... able to self repair their mounts while the modern direct drive folks have to just dump 'em in the landfill and buy new....
Quote: I'm not generally clumsy, but moving heavy gear around when tired . . . eventually I'd ding one of those motors and possibly do some damage
Quote:Anyone clumsy enough to break a G11 motor carrying it to or from the tripod probably shouldn't be pursuing this hobby, because they'll have to carry a heavy OTA as well, and that's where the clumsiness would really cost them. A G11 is infinitely safer to haul around than a C11, so anybody likely to bust loose a motor on a G11 is much more likely to break a collector plate or destroy a brittle and expensive objective lens. This really isn't a hobby for the clumsy, and this really isn't a problem for the G11.
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Quote:Again, so much depends on each person's needs, preferences, and time constraints. I can see this being a non-issue for a lot of people. It's an issue for me.
Quote:...is it better to have the guts on the outside where you can access them easily or on the inside where they are out of the way? The answer to that may depend on the observer and his or her usage.
Quote:As for the mechanical excellence of Losmandy mounts, I would say there are some weak areas.
Quote:You are always free to choose whatever "issues" you prefer. You've expressed concern about a mounting scheme that has proven to be robust and reliable. As others have pointed out already, that same "issue" also permits easy field repairs, simple drive system upgrades, and it virtually eliminates the need to ship the mount someplace far away if repairs are required.I guess that one person's issues are another person's features.
Quote:Mish, I think you're being defensive and you don't need to be.
Quote:I'm going to sit back and wait for Cardinal Fang and the Inquisition to arrive.
8" F4 Newtonian (Royce Mirror) SV 130 EDT APO SV 80/9D (Erstwhile guide scope) DSI RC10C (10" corrected Ritchie-Chretien) A-P 900 GTOCP2 QSI 683wsg-5 A whole bunch of other stuff...
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Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .