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#1 vballrican

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 01:32 PM

Hello everyone, i need advice on a replacement mount for my ES 127ED plus ST80, Canon DSLR configuration.  I had them on an Atlas mount which is quite heavy... i also have a Sirius mount that i acquired as part of a purchase. What mount should i be looking at to replace both the Atlas and Sirius that is not as heavy and can hold my equipment weight that doesn't break my bank?  I do plan on going CCD in the future to alleviate the weight a little but it will be a while. Thanks.



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 01:38 PM

Well decent performance and lightweight means more expensive than decent performance and heavy.  You also didn't define the criteria for "break the bank."  I would look at the new iOptron CEM40.


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Posted 18 March 2019 - 01:39 PM

I would look at a iOptron CEM60 at 26 lbs. I bought mine from Astronomics.

 

IMO - The new CEM40 may be just a bit undersized if considering a 50% AP weight criteria and the prices I've see so far are not that much less than the CEM60. However, the new CEM40 is a all new mount so I could be wrong. It will be interesting to see them at NEAF in a few weeks.


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#4 Gary Z

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 02:06 PM

Have you considered a Losmandy GM811?  Here's Uncle Rod's Review of it....but the point is 27 lb mount head....

 

http://uncle-rods.bl...-gm811-for.html

 

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 02:32 PM

Ioptron mounts have a very good payload/weight ratio and are not hugely more expensive than Synta's.

Vixen Sphinxes could be another option: SX, SXD2 (I have this one, weighs 9kg and declares 15kg as optimum max load for AP. However it has a big fault: a non replaceable VIxen-type clapm to secure the load), SXP (it has been recently discontinued, so may find a deal somewhere. The head weighs a couple of kgs more than SXD2 but has more payload and can use Losmandy-type clamps).

 

I use mine with the stock tripod and the whole mount is under 15kg, plus CWs (1.9kg is enough for my most typical setup, around 7kg)



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:25 PM

Thank you for your suggestions.  I'll continue looking at the iOptron mounts... Losmandy are out of my range for now. 




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