I plan on using the same mount for a 10" Newtonian, C8 Edge HD and possibly an APO refactor of 18+ lbs or more.
The only thing that would seriously approach the 30 lbs would be the 10" Newtonian and in that case I would need something rated for better than 40 lbs. What an expensive hobby.......
C8 may work but a 10 inch newt will be too much imo, might be the same for the APO over 18 lbs, dunno. A user reported the mount was struggling with his C9.25....(IEQ30 pro)
It is a nice mount though , I am testing it , it is well made, axes move real light and smooth, great polar finder clearly illuminated. 8 lines on the handcontroller, GPS ,
I put no more then 5 kg about 9-10 lbs on it and it moves smooth and almost silent.
For visual one might go to 22 lbs depending of the length of the tube, IMO
Well expensive, it does cost some money, but look at all the possibilities one has nowadays....and the choices..
When I was a youngster I had to be thrilled with a 60 mm F/10 on a wobbly mount , wich was very expensive at that time...
A thought : a HEQ5/Sirius is less expensive then Ioptron and can handle more weight. I had one of the earlier models just with tracking, heavily loaded with a 10 inch F/5 newt and about 25 lbs counterweights.
Mount worked great for visual never had problems,allthough focusing was on the edge for the jiggles...
Edited by F.Meiresonne, 23 August 2019 - 01:32 AM.