Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Mounts

Pages: 1
Rodeorat
member
*****

Reged: 04/05/11

Loc: Guthrie, OK US
Atlas true capacity new
      #5756729 - 03/25/13 06:12 PM

Hello Atlas owners.

I was hoping to hear from some of you regarding your weight capacity. The mount is listed for 40lbs I know, but some of the reviewers state they've pushed beyond that, and some say they feel confident this mount could swing twice that.

If you own an Atlas GOTO, or EQ6, would you feel confident or have you imaged with say 50lbs (C11, piggy backed refractor, DSLR, 2" Diag, etc)?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
*****

Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: Rodeorat]
      #5756748 - 03/25/13 06:23 PM

"If you own an Atlas GOTO, or EQ6, would you feel confident or have you imaged with say 50lbs (C11, piggy backed refractor, DSLR, 2" Diag, etc)?"

Nope.

You'd have a heck of a time counterbalancing a load like that on an Atlas.

- Jim


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Bob Moore
Pooh-Bah
*****

Reged: 04/07/06

Loc: New York
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5757033 - 03/25/13 09:14 PM

I pushed my atlas with a 10"F4 nuwt, 80mm guide scope and cameras, but a C11???

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Bill Barlow
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 12/03/07

Loc: Overland Park KS
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: Bob Moore]
      #5757140 - 03/25/13 10:27 PM

Someone in my Astro club thought that he heard some owners of this mount were using it with a C14. A 50 pound scope with about 50 pounds of counterweights? Seems hard to believe, although I never saw it in person.

Bill


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Rodeorat
member
*****

Reged: 04/05/11

Loc: Guthrie, OK US
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: Bob Moore]
      #5757838 - 03/26/13 10:04 AM

Quote:

I pushed my atlas with a 10"F4 nuwt, 80mm guide scope and cameras, but a C11???




Well, the C11 comes in at 30lbs with the basic setup on it. There are several reviews for the Atlas on Orion who claim the mount swings a C11 with ease and could handle more. I'd be using 2" accessories for visual, and am looking into piggy-backing an 80mm and DSLR, so I figure my range would be 40-50 lbs.

By the way, what is the standard saddle on the Atlas, Losmandy or Vixen? I was told Losmandy, but it sure looks like a Vixen in images I've seen.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
WillCarney
Pooh-Bah
*****

Reged: 10/08/09

Loc: Bloomington, ILL
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: Rodeorat]
      #5757848 - 03/26/13 10:08 AM

I used a 12" Meade LX200 OTA, a 60mm f/4 guider with SSAG and a SBIG ST-7 all at the same time. Tracked and guided fine taking a picture of a 15th magnitude asteroid. This was close to or above it's limit.
William


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bilgebayModerator
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 11/06/08

Loc: Turkiye - Istanbul and Marmari...
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: Rodeorat]
      #5757913 - 03/26/13 10:40 AM

The saddle is Vixen type.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
R3i
member


Reged: 11/25/08

Loc: UK
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5757994 - 03/26/13 11:28 AM

Quote:

The saddle is Vixen type.



That was the case 2 or 3 years ago then they started shipping the mount with 2 separate saddles: a Losmandy and a Vixen. More recently they have been shipped with a single saddle that will take both Losmandy & Vixen dovetails.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Rodeorat
member
*****

Reged: 04/05/11

Loc: Guthrie, OK US
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: R3i]
      #5758351 - 03/26/13 02:32 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The saddle is Vixen type.



That was the case 2 or 3 years ago then they started shipping the mount with 2 separate saddles: a Losmandy and a Vixen. More recently they have been shipped with a single saddle that will take both Losmandy & Vixen dovetails.




Bonus! Good to know, thank you.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Rodeorat
member
*****

Reged: 04/05/11

Loc: Guthrie, OK US
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: WillCarney]
      #5758356 - 03/26/13 02:33 PM

Quote:

I used a 12" Meade LX200 OTA, a 60mm f/4 guider with SSAG and a SBIG ST-7 all at the same time. Tracked and guided fine taking a picture of a 15th magnitude asteroid. This was close to or above it's limit.
William




That's interesting. Do you recall the weight of that setup?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bilgebayModerator
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 11/06/08

Loc: Turkiye - Istanbul and Marmari...
Re: Atlas true capacity new [Re: R3i]
      #5758378 - 03/26/13 02:47 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The saddle is Vixen type.



That was the case 2 or 3 years ago then they started shipping the mount with 2 separate saddles: a Losmandy and a Vixen. More recently they have been shipped with a single saddle that will take both Losmandy & Vixen dovetails.




I stand corrected. Thanks for the update.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
WillCarney
Pooh-Bah
*****

Reged: 10/08/09

Loc: Bloomington, ILL
Re: Atlas true capacity [Re: Rodeorat]
      #5758674 - 03/26/13 05:08 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I used a 12" Meade LX200 OTA, a 60mm f/4 guider with SSAG and a SBIG ST-7 all at the same time. Tracked and guided fine taking a picture of a 15th magnitude asteroid. This was close to or above it's limit.
William




That's interesting. Do you recall the weight of that setup?




Somewhere between 40-45lbs. Not sure exactly. It was just over 40lbs.

It used a ADM mini bar bolted to a vixen bar for mounting. The guider was mounted on a 1/4-20 thread mount in the finder bracket to keep weight down. The ST7 weighed more than the guide scope and SSAG. I used three 11 lbs and one 3.5 lb weights and it balanced just fine. I have since upgraded my Atlas to the wider losmandy and the 12" OTA also has a losmandy bar. I'll be testing this arrangment again next time I can get out. I'll weigh some of the items later. William


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1


Extra information
19 registered and 34 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Dave M, richard7, bilgebay 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 518

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics