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BlueGrass
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Reged: 07/25/09

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What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle
      #4426450 - 03/04/11 06:17 PM

As some of you know, I've been looking to move up to an AP Mach1 for some time. Well, I purchased one today with the Eagle pier from a local AA. It's a 2010 vintage mount and is basically cherry. Everything was included in the deal, saddle; polar scope; counter weights, eyepiece trays; original documentation; factory shipping boxes; many things were still in the original bubble-wrap, unopened. etc. It's almost as if it was just shipped to me. Amazing. Needless to say, my astro funds are spent for the foreseeable future but I can live with that.

Pictures to follow a bit later this evening, but I have to say, what everyone says about the engineering, quality and superb fit and finish is simply true. I've used my CG5 and CGEM for the past two years and making the jump to a Mach1 feels like a paradigm shift in how I perceive my equipment. It's that profound.

Up front, I apologize to all the folks in Northern Utah for the next few weeks of clouds and storms. Hopefully, they'll abate soon. With Spring coming and the chance to finally get out and do some serious imaging, I wanted to be ready. I guess I am. Based on my initial setup and mock alignment tests, it's working as it should. Only actual sky time will answer any tracking questions or if I need to do any above-factory PEC training. Based on what I've read, I don't think it will be necessary. So ... for want of a better term, an AP mount purchase does look to be a lifetime investment. I don't think you'll be seeing this one in the classifieds again, unless it's an estate sale ...


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drksky
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426476 - 03/04/11 06:30 PM

I was eying that Mach-1 very closely when it popped up on AM. Good buy.

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: drksky]
      #4426507 - 03/04/11 06:50 PM

Sorry Tony. As soon as I saw it was a local sale, I didn't waste any time in contacting Mark and working out the details. Everything just fell into place. It was one of those, "If you don't buy it now, you'll regret it later.." moments... The Eagle being included really pushed me over the top (edge?) ...

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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426520 - 03/04/11 06:58 PM

Congratulations George on the excellent mount! ...Of course now there will be no excuse not to produce Hubble-like astrophotos!

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drksky
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: nemo129]
      #4426685 - 03/04/11 08:20 PM

No need to apologize. If I'd been able to, I'd have bought it. The plain truth, though, is that it was way out of my price range. Maybe I'll be a little better off when they start the new production run this spring. I'm on the list.

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: drksky]
      #4426763 - 03/04/11 08:53 PM Attachment (102 downloads)

Kirk, yes the list of 'excuses' just got much shorter ... first images attached. Hopefully they don't look to washed out and hope the background isn't too busy ...

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
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Don Allen
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426786 - 03/04/11 09:05 PM

Beautiful set up.

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drksky
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426788 - 03/04/11 09:05 PM

That pier is pretty %#^$%$@ cool. The pics on the AP web site don't do it justice.

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
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Paul G
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426796 - 03/04/11 09:07 PM

It looks like a Martian lander on that Eagle pier. Sweet!

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drksky
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: Paul G]
      #4426801 - 03/04/11 09:08 PM

Ok, ok...you can stop torturing us

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426814 - 03/04/11 09:13 PM

Tony, the Eagle is impressive. Like I indicated a few posts above, that's really what made this package special. Although a Mach1 by itself is enough... riding this pier does it justice. The whole setup is a perfect blend of form, function and elegance...

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BlueGrass
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426858 - 03/04/11 09:30 PM

Aw Tony, I'm a pretty unassuming fellow, but she is a beaut...

Thanks Don, Gus ... it DOES look like a lander doesn't it? I'm sure that's why AP came up with the name ... Over in the AP-UG files area, there's a pic of one setup with a 155EDF. Wow.


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: BlueGrass]
      #4426933 - 03/04/11 10:05 PM

That's a dandy!!

David


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nemo129
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #4426974 - 03/04/11 10:22 PM

Yes, "WOW!" will do it I think!

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Rossmon
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Loc: Marin County, CA
Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: nemo129]
      #4427066 - 03/04/11 11:09 PM

That is one awesome looking mount. Congratulations!

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AstroGabe
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Re: What can I say - A Mach1 and Eagle new [Re: Rossmon]
      #4427082 - 03/04/11 11:24 PM

That's a killer setup. Congrats! Looking forward to your shots with this mount.

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