What are the thoughts of moving away from Celestron or skywatcher etc to Losmandy G11.
The advertisements I see in various magazines never show anything about Losmandy products which gives me doubts about buying one.
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As a former owner, user, fixer and modifier of Celestron and Orion mounts I have to say that if you are considering making the move to Losmandy DO IT NOW to avoid asking the same question that most of us did after switching "why did I wait so long?" Okay, okay I still own a couple of SkyView-Pro mounts but in my defense one is my no hassle non-goto grab and go mount and the other non-goto SVP I tried to donate to my club and they said "keep it, we don't want it."
Scott Losmandy was in the same astro club as I was back in the day before he was famous and at this point I have been a Losmandy user for a while and currently own both GM8 and G11 mounts with both Gemini systems. The Losmandy mounts are high-end quality mounts that are fully CNC machined aluminum and stainless steel with commercial bearings used throughout. No significant amount of plastic and zero porous, void filled castings with cheap rough running bearings as supplied by Celestron, Orion and SkyWatcher in their mounts. One of the best features of the Losmandy mounts is that every Losmandy GM8 and G11 can be updated to the current mount specs because the design was good enough and flexible enough to not need any significant changes since day one. There is simply no comparison between the all CNC machined Losmandy mounts and the heavy cast Chinese mounts and no amount of modification can overcome the limitations of the consumer mounts from Celestron, Orion etc. trust me I have been there and done that with the Sirius and Atlas mounts.
For visual use the Losmandy G11 will happily carry a C14 fully loaded with the usual accessories no problem. The friction clutches are a joy to use, just balance the mount and push your OTA to the target and then use the drive to center the object, no need to unlock any **** clutch levers. For planetary imaging a C11 at f/20 with a backlit 2.4um Sony CMOS camera imaging at 0.18"/pixel pitch is fantastic. For wide field imaging my updated tucked motor, OPW block RAEX G11 carries a bespoke Parallax/AT130mm f/6 FPL-53 triplet apo, piggyback Stellarvue 50mm f/4/QHY5L-II M autoguider to a guided PE in the range of 0.48 to 0.34 arcseconds and my G11 don't have the latest spring loaded worm system installed yet which should improve PE consistency.
Scott has no need to advertise his mounts, he has a full time machine shop dedicated to machining the parts and the techs assembling them into mounts. Scott sells every mount he can make long before he has ordered the material stock to feed his shop full of CNC machines. The place is amazing, it is stuffed to the rafters with machinery and parts, there are no mounts sitting around except those waiting to get shipped out into distribution and retailers.