Hi All! New to this forum and just getting back into observational astronomy. I would like to tap into the mega-years of experience available to validate or change some of the ideas I have for new equipment I would like to acquire. I started with a Tasco telescope in my youth and have been in and out the hobby for many years. I currently have a Discovery 10" F6 Dobsonian and a small refractor (90mm) on an equatorial mount. I have thought all my life how great it would be to have top notch equipment to observe with. My current circumstances make that possible. I have read great reviews on the Takahashi 130NS and it seems perfect for what I want. I need a mount, preferably an equatorial with drive motors but no go-to. I have always admired the Losmandy products for their look and function. Would a GM8 which is capable of handling 30lbs. be sufficient for mounting the TAK-130? The OTA weighs 22 lbs. or so and I would be adding a RA finder scope only. I have no interest in photography although I certainly appreciate those who do and the fantastic images they capture. I will be pairing it with the Berlebach Planet wood tripod for Losmandy mounts. Kinda old school but I remember going thru the Unitron catalog as a kid and dreaming... If you can give feedback on this combination I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Bob
Edited by relee, 06 July 2020 - 06:59 PM.