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Quote:now the M-uno has some style.
Shane in black-zone New Mexico
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
Quote:Being an aircraft mechanic and total gearhead I appreciate complex mechanical things. A telescope mount with all the precision gears, motors, and machined surfaces is poetry in motion. Watching a high speed slew complete with the sounds of calibrated gears and motors will bring a smile to my face quickly.Some of the most amazing mounts in my opinion are the monsters that RCOS builds. Check out these videos of them in action during tests:RC Optical Systems 24" Afocal RC with 10" Acquisition Scope, Coudé Path, and Slip Ring:http://www.rcopticalsystems.com/gallery/video/bdvideoweb.movRCOS 0.81m Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope and Equatorial Fork Mount:http://www.rcopticalsystems.com/gallery/video/Equatorial%20Mount%20web.movA good mount is essential for astrophotography, tracking moving objects accurately, and being able to repeatedly see the same section of sky on any given night. I am way more excited about the craftsmanship and precision of a finely machined mount than I am of a precision telescope sitting in a homely wooden box.obin
1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
Quote: OK, I want a mount that needs a flashing light on it so you know to get the hell out the way when it's slewing!
Quote:It's a question that I have a hard time with,,,love my mounts and I am always excited to get new ones (over time), same for the scopes,, I am not sure what excites me more.. a new scope or a new mount? either way it's still the kid looking in at the candy store. kb
Thanks, Mitch... "fmhill"
12.5" Home built F-4.8 Eq Newt. Lightholder Optics mirror 12'x12' roll-off roof observatory 6" Home built f-6 Newt. w/Dick Wessling mirror on CG-5 Eq. mount. 4.5" Orion Starblast My equipment philosophy... If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
SLAP Observer --- TMB130SS, SV102V(LOMO Lens), SV80ED Deluxe "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke. "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell "The measure of a man’s greatness is not determined by what he accomplishes for himself, but by what he accomplishes for others.” -- Some Bald Guy
Quote:The scope. I can't see much looking through the mount.
7x35 and 10x50 sears tower binocs, 3" f/10 edmunds reflector, 2.4" f/11.7 manon refractor, 6" f/8 jaegers refractor, 10" f/11 R30 Istar refractor, 3" f/15.8 sans&streiffe refractor, 3.1" f/15 selsi refractor(towa 339), 2.4" f/15 sears refractor, selsi 30x30mm spyglass, criterion 5-draw 25x45x75x spyglass(1957), 4.25" f/14.8 tasco 20te.http://cleardarksky.com/c/OmahaNEkey.html
Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
Quote:The ASA astrograph: for Euro 18000,- pricetag very poor overall quality ; dirty mirror at delivery, loose decoration rings, loose black velvet inside (glued to tight), unstable focusser software, zero information about wiring, handling, cleaning and collimation at delivery, sandwich "carbonfiber" tube: the carbon fiber is paperthin, average mirror quality, incomplete at delivery (no excuse or explanation), the 1.8X Barlow (1150,- euro) has poor internal blackening...
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote: Now, as to those flashy, Italian mounts: Prissy-looking. Mounts for "girly-men!"
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Astro-Physics 130 GT Half Hitch Nova 5mm Tak LE 18mm Tak LE 27mm Pan
Quote:Quote:The scope. I can't see much looking through the mount. You won't be able to see much trough the scope either if the mount is shaking all around or doesn't have smooth movements. The mount is at least half as important.
SteveC TEC 140 Intes Micro 715 deluxe TEC 110 SolarMax 40 Losmandy G-11 w/Gemini, CGEM, Vixen Skypod TEC EP Turret, AP Maxbright, Denk P/S Diagonal, Denk II B/V, EarthWin P/S Slide TMB Supermonos, ZAO IIs, Zeiss Monocentrics, Naglers, 24mm Panoptics, 14mm Meade UWA, 5mm Pentax XO, 20mm ES100, and 2.9mm, 4.4mm, 5.9mm, 7.4mm Couture (ball)
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
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:I love them both, but if I had to choose between mediocre scope with a good mount or a good scope with a mediocre mount, I would probably go with the good mount and mediocre scope.
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
Quote:there is something so cool about carbon fiber
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
Celestron Super C8+ (deforked) Atlas EQ-G Mount Celestron Onyx 80mm ED F Canon T4i (unmodified)