I now have a MyT. I am happy. I think I am happy. Clouds and rain have kept me from using it a lot, but what I have used, once I worked out some issues is working fine. I really need a couple more months to know how happy I am.
I worry about Rumsfeld's unknowns -- you know, not the known unknowns, but the unknown unknowns (enough of you are old enough to remember that speech).
I am on the AP1100 list, I added it before I found the MyT, and bought it. Basically in the "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with". (Also a reference to the older, substitute Mount in there somewhere).
So here's the question: If they call me, what do I say?
I guide, so was not going to get the encoder version. I image at either 540mm or 2800mm generally (maybe 2000mm), with a 4" refractor (20#) and C11 (40#, maybe 44# if I do some mods).
I do not expect to ever go near 50 pounds, at least no closer than 44 or so. C11 is plenty heavy enough I want nothing larger, since I tear down and set up nightly.
I could however, get the AP1100, and easily sell the MyT, at least I presume so. Might loose $1000 or so. The AP1100 is much more expensive even without encoders but I won't go without food if I buy it. But...
The Mach2 will likely be next year since I added myself late to that list.
So here's the question:
What will I get from the AP1100 that I'm not getting from the MyT?
The things I think I get are:
- Good: Freedom from TSX (but I'm getting used to it, and have largely worked around its issues)
- Maybe: More capacity; don't need it in absolute sense, but will it help a lot with wind and the C11?
- Bad: More weight to haul in and out (I would use thru axis cables so I would need to move the whole thing, not disassemble)
- Speculative: Some say the electronics in the MyT are fragile, and the AP1100 not so much.
Is there anything else really?
Bottom line: Can I expect the AP1100 to guide substantially better than the MyT? I'm not sure it can, my stars are round and I'm way down near 0.4" anyway (at 2800mm, a bit worse at 540mm for reasons unclear). But averages are not everything, maybe it would have less excursions.
The main thing I think (the "known unknowns") is it may give me better resistance to wind, if nothing else from it's increased mass.
Should I just say "wrong number"?
Edited by Linwood, 23 February 2021 - 07:57 PM.