There's a guy on YouTube who used to be the editorial director of EVO magazine named Harry Metcalfe who has a Lamborghini Countach. He constantly switches between having the huge rear wing on and off the car.
I feel that way with my EQ5 mount versus my LX6/Premier fork mount with an EQ-wedge. I started out with the forks, but then rigged the scope up for the EQ5. I ran it like that for a while, then I switched back to the forks in a fit of nostalgia. It's been on the forks for about a year or two, and now I've gone back to the EQ5. The difference is I've picked up an f/7.1 70mm refractor and the adjustable bracket to hold it on the SCT.
My theory is to use the refractor for low power, wide field viewing and use the SCT for high power, narrow field viewing (I've read MANY comments on CN that this is a great way to enjoy both scope's strengths). I could do that on the fork mount, but I found the EQ5 was much more steady with very little in the way of shakes (where as the forks do tend to vibrate when the weight gets amped up).
So, I'm back in GEM land and looking forward to this weekend where I can take the whole rig up north to a friend's cottage away from city lights. The entire rig fits into 2 bags:
- a small canvas travel bag that holds the 2080 OTA, the dew shield (wrapped around it) and the tripod spreader
- a slightly larger leather travel bag that holds everything else including the EQ5 head, the counter weights, the counter weight bar, my Telrad, my eyepiece case, the 70mm OTA, battery pack and hand controller for the EQ5, a red flashlight, my Jumbo Pocket Atlas and my Kendrick dew control system (straps and controller)
The only other items are a Celestron Power Tank for the Kendrick system, and the tripod with a bungee cord around the legs to keep them from flopping all over the place. I also have a tiny fold up table and a fold up camping chair. The whole pile fits easily in the back of my Fiat (with the rear seats still upright!). I'll just jam in a few other essentials like a sleeping bag and 48 beers and I'm good to go!
Do any of you guys flip-flop between two particular mounts? If so, what drives your change of mind?