Here at the Baader site the new A-P Mach 2 mount price will be: 11.700 EURO. Without tripod, GTO Keypad etc.
What is the point/what are the points of this A-P Mach 2 when you can buy an A-P 1100 mount for less: 10.400 euro (link).
I wonder if this new Mach got too big and too expensive...What are your thoughts on this?
Expensive? Yes. Too expensive? I guess it depends on your situation.
I have one on order and the Mach2 weighs 15 pounds less than the AP 900 I am presently using and the Mach2's carrying capacity is 15 pounds greater than the AP 900.
Fortunately Astro-Physics mounts hold their value well so "trading-up" won't be that painful considering the improvements incorporated into the Mach2 - absolute encoders, through-the-mount power and USB, the modeling features of APCC-Pro (included in the price} and in the keypad. and the other features of the GTOCP5 controller vs. my 12 year old GTOCP3.
I have been using AP mounts for 17 years [ first a new 2003 AP 900 then upgraded to a new 2005 AP 1200 and then downsized to a 2008 model AP 900 in 2013 ] and I haven't had to spend any $$ on a mount in 15 years, so an investment in a new Mach2 for continued "AP goodness" seemed like the thing to do.
Definitely looking forward to it.
Edit: One thing I forgot to mention is that in 17 years of imaging with AP mounts I haven't lost a single night of imaging due to any failure on the part of the mount. I've forgotten things, had other things break, etc. but the AP mounts have performed perfectly... every single time.
Edited by Dean J., 29 February 2020 - 12:14 PM.