Is the eq platform as wonderful as the Dobsonian mount?
In The Back Yard
My EQs rule for medium & high-power observing for ALL scope types. My 6" F8 & 8" F6 Newts share this restored 1980s Meade StarFinder on a short pedestal:
It's lighter than most Dob-style AZ mounts (with drives), and has a cordless RA drive with internal battery pack, so no wires. For my 6", I can put a single 10# counterweight on the mount, and tote it complete from the shed. The 8" Newt has to have a 20# c/w, so I tote out the mount, add the c/w, then the scope -- just 1 extra step.
However, my ultra-light 1970s Edmund 6" F4 Newt RFT rides well on this 1980s Mizar AR-1 EQ + ShortPod:
Not only can I tote the complete kit, I can sit comfortably & observe at just about every position. No need for an AZ option with this rig.
In The Field
I don't get many chances to drive out to the country. Right now, except for Stubby (my 6" Newt RFT), my refractors are my primary field scopes. But, with my official retirement approaching, I'm exploring portable options for my Newtonians.
- Meade StarFinder on a Losmandy CP-100 + adjustable tripod:
The CP-100 came with those LONG tubular steel legs. I'm gonna try & cannibalize a Meade 8" SCT tripod, and fit those to the pillar. With that platform, my 8" Newt can go mobile without too much fuss.
- DSV or similar heavy-duty AZ mount on a hefty surveyor tripod. I already have a vintage Italian-made Filotecnica surveyor tripod & hub that can carry massive loads. Adapting a DSV to it is pretty straightforward.
IOW: My plans do not include a traditional fiberboard / wood DOB-style AZ. I favor adjustable-height tripods, especially in the remote areas I use to get dark skies.