Quote:I have an 8" Zhumell dob. I would like to switch to an EQ mount and try some imaging.
The OTA is about 29 lbs. What mount would you recommend? I saw the Atlas and Sirius, but not sure if I need the Atlas since the Sirius says it can handle 30lb (and ppl say it can handle more). Others? iOptron SmartStar-PR?
I appreciate any advice.
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Quote:Ok, obviously I am not going to be able to *reuse* my 8" 1200mm reflector for imaging. I was willing to shell out around $1400 for the Atlas mount so...What complete imaging setup could I get for around $1000 to $1400? Keep in mind that I already have a unmodified Canon 1000D. Some sort of setup with parts I could reuse when(if) I decide that I like it and want to upgrade.I really appreciate the advice!
Quote:Would my f/5.9 8" newt work better on an Atlas if I placed it on a pier instead of the tripod?