Quote:the revised iEQ45 "M" has a new clutch mechanism so it can freewheel now (no need for the software assisted balance routine - I assume).
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Quote:Thanks for your input. There's some things about all of the selections I have here. iEQ45:- The iOptron has been reported to be having issues with communications to various ASCOM-related apps.- The DEC and RA axis issues - stiffness/slip- Possibly (as reported by one poster) some goto issuesLosmandy:The GM-8 really is going to be undersized for what I want to do, so let's remove that option.- The G-11 with Gemini II is a stout mount, and very compliant, and rock stable, but if anything like my GM-8 was, a beast to set up with polar alignment quickly in the fieldWhat I did think about was how the iEQ45 would perform on top of Losmandy's big field tripod instead of that tripod that it comes with. I had the G-11 tripod on my GM-8, and it made light-years of difference in stability.And yes, the Mach 1 is as much out of my league as you report it to be out of yours from a financial aspect. Please, I'd like to discuss this more.Kev
Quote:I have no experience with the iEQ-45, but I am experienced with Losmandy (without Gemini) for visual use. My experience with Chinese-made mounts is that they use inferior-quality alloy (they refuse to specify exactly what alloy is used) and to make matters worse, the alloy is cast. Chinese mounts are not heirloom items and have not benefited from the Chinese aerospace program.Losmandy use billet 6061-T6 aluminum in their mounts, and the difference in quality compared with Chinese mounts can be seen from a distance of 50'. There really is no comparison. Losmandy GEMs are made in the USA () in the one shop with minimal outsourcing. If you need an individual component, call them and the part will be on your doorstep 3 days later. Try that with any Chinese-made mount. Like my Byers, you will see Losmandy GEMs being routinely used in 30-40 years time.And FWIW, Walmart sells the iEQ-45 http://www.walmart.com/ip/iOptron-iEQ45-GoTo-German-Equatorial-Mount-with-New-Modified-Clutch/17445119I have no experience with either iOptron or Losmandy GoTos, so have no comments.
Quote: What I did think about was how the iEQ45 would perform on top of Losmandy's big field tripod instead of that tripod that it comes with. I had the G-11 tripod on my GM-8, and it made light-years of difference in stability.
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
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:With your back problems go with a back yard observatory of some kind
Quote:With your back problems go with the iOptro.
8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Quote:Which brings up another issue. With your back problems, are you going to be able to manage the position you need to get into for a polar scope on any mount?-Dan
Quote:Well, I have a G11. But you already know the drill having the G8. It takes some work and knowledge, but a solid mount and you can't go wrong with one. Can you set up the outfit onto a cart to not have to lift anything?But there is a wonderful mount that exceeds these for portability, and the best and fastest polar scope period. Tak EM200. These mounts are not mentioned much here, and there is a good one listed on Amart. Talk to any Tak mount user, and they don't look back. They are keepers. FWIW.
Quote: ... I have already 2 RA threads broke ... you need to set them loose when you pickup the mount or otherwise you push out the screws ...
Tak AP QSI Canon
Stellarvue SVR90T w/ SFF7 flattner
Celestron EdgeHD 800
Losmandy G11 / Gemini-II w/ opwb
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Skywatcher 6 inch F-5 Newtonian,Lunt LS60THa,Orion ED80T CF ED Triplet,Vintage C-8(1983),Celestron 8se, Celestron CG-5,iEq45, Atik 314L+Mono,Atik 314 L+ OSC, Imaging Source DMk 41AUO2 My images viewed here.. http://www.astrobin.com/users/northisup2/