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gillmj24
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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: Scott99]
      #4464028 - 03/21/11 12:20 PM

I think the AP900 breaks down into 30lb and 15 pound components (give or take). If 25lb is a hard NEVER EXCEED limit, you might be pushing it.

The Mach1 is not as easy to disassemble and reassemble as the bigger mounts but it is possible. Those halves would probably be under 25lb.


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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: frolinmod]
      #4464039 - 03/21/11 12:24 PM

Hi,

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The advertised Paramount MX payload is for imaging. Software Bisque does not over estimate the carrying capacity of their mounts.




Has this been confirmed anywhere on their forums as yet? I asked for the photography capacity of the PMX before and was given the "it depends" answer.

The context of my question was the fact that my intended mount payload included a C14-XLT-Fastar + piggy-backed APO refractor package.

I don't disagree - it'd be great to actually see it written somewhere.,

Thanks.

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skybsd


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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: gillmj24]
      #4464095 - 03/21/11 12:50 PM

Quote:

I think the AP900 breaks down into 30lb and 15 pound components (give or take). If 25lb is a hard NEVER EXCEED limit, you might be pushing it.

The Mach1 is not as easy to disassemble and reassemble as the bigger mounts but it is possible. Those halves would probably be under 25lb.




For the 900, the RA is 26.5 lbs and the Dec 17 lbs. The entire Mach 1 is 28.5 lbs. None fit under a hard 25 lb limit unless you separate the Dec and RA on the Mach 1 which give you 11.5 and 16 lbs respectively.


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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: Paul G]
      #4464102 - 03/21/11 12:52 PM

The way the Mach1 is designed makes it feel light since it is easier to hold.

My 1200 RA is a bear because it really does not have any built in 'handles' to grasp. The 900 RA is not nearly as bad as it doesn't weigh to much.


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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: skybsd]
      #4464219 - 03/21/11 01:59 PM

Quote:

Has this been confirmed anywhere on their forums as yet? I asked for the photography capacity of the PMX before and was given the "it depends" answer.

The context of my question was the fact that my intended mount payload included a C14-XLT-Fastar + piggy-backed APO refractor package.





That's right. It depends on your APO package. It could be an 8" APO, right?


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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: gillmj24]
      #4467563 - 03/22/11 11:07 PM

Sorry if I missed it earlier in the thread but why do you need a mount with this much capacity? If you max lift for a mount is 25 lbs, would that not also me your max lift for an OTA?

Sounds like you could get by with a lot smaller than a MX or AP900 and still have an excellent AP setup.


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Mike Clemens
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Re: Paramount MX vs Astro-Physics AP900 new [Re: gbarolak]
      #4467692 - 03/23/11 12:56 AM

I found the 900 to be easier to move whole than the 1200 RA section is alone.

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