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Planewave L-350 mount with GSO 16" RCT?

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#1 xthestreams

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 08:41 PM

Hey CNers,

 

Wondering if anyone has any experience with the L-350 and the GSO16" scope.

 

Whilst I'd love to get a CDK 17 and an L500, that's going to be a deal killer with the SO - so instead was contemplating the "poor man's" option and even an L500 seems a little rich at the moment.

 

The mount is rated to 45kg and the 16" comes in at 35kg without the image train and computers - adding a Nitecrawler WR35, camera/ONAG/FW and computer/UPBv2 gets me up to 8kg max - putting the whole image train comfortably within 45kg (at 43kg).

 

The only reason I see this being a bad idea is the torque moment of the larger OTA - comparing the GSO 16" to the CDK 14";

- length 43" vs 35" - 20% longer

- diameter 21" vs 14" - 50% wider

 

The latter is the one that I suspect will cause issues with balance/bearings etc - my Plan B would be to sling the PW12.5 that already own off it, so all is not lost if I get this wrong.

 

As to WHY an L-350 given I have a Paramount ME - I am growing tired of 18th mechanicals (grease and gears just seems so primitive) not to mention meridian flips and this seems like a reasonable first step into modernising the observatory.

 

Would love to hear thoughts & feedback but especially experience at the limits of the L-350s payload. (and yes, I wish I had made this decision a week ago and saved $1500USD).

 



#2 aruckle

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 08:51 PM

I am curious to know what the arm Clear distance from the Center of the Dec axis and the base of the one arm fork?  will it swing the mirror end of a Newtonian, 24" length?

 

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