I'm hoping that this might be the correct forum to ask about the Meade ACF 16 inch OTA.
My local astro society are planning to replace our ageing 14inch Meade, the electrics in the fork mount died and after numerous replacement parts were fitted and tried, we gave up and replaced the Meade fork mount with a Skywatcher EQ8 Heavy duty mount. All has been well, but the OTA is now showing signs of many years use and we are almost at the point of having raised enough funds to replace it with the 16" tube.
According to the specs, the Skywatcher Mount should be more than sufficient for the 35kgs (it's rated at 50kgs) but I believe that Skywatcher maybe be "optimistic" with their ratings.
Does anyone here have a 16"inch Meade mounted on a Skywatcher EQ8, and able to share their experiences?