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plethenofin

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Best portable mount to get for 8k or less
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:21:40 AM »
Okay folks!!!!

I am at it again. I am looking to get a portable mount and am willing to spend up to $8k. I am planning on doing imaging mostly. I do like using a hand controller.

So what are the recommendations???

Thanks,

Tim



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Re: Best portable mount to get for 8k or less
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 02:24:05 AM »
What's *portable* to you?

I think there are three real options (in the US): Mach1 GTO, MyT and Avalon Linear (also the other Avalons *if* you have an SCT or short-length scope).

You can see which I picked from my signature, although it would have been truly agonizing if the MyT had been a little lighter.

I bought the Mach1 *without* the hand-controller. You don't need the HC if you have a smartphone--just enable the Mach1's WiFi and connect to it with the Luminos app. You have a great handcontrol with big arrow buttons, plus ability to park, unpark, slew and sync anyone to a star database.

And it's $20 instead of $1,100. With the AP hand control the Mach1 will break 8K. I truly don't think you'll miss it, and you can always order it later if you do. Sky Safari also has a HC emulator, but it's not, IMO, as nice as Luminos.

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Re: Best portable mount to get for 8k or less
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 09:14:24 AM »
I should add that if you would consider used, the AP900 is a possibility. It's heavy, but breaks up into two components (easily) the heavier of which is 28lbs.

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Re: Best portable mount to get for 8k or less
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 01:29:19 PM »
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Okay folks!!!!

I am at it again. I am looking to get a portable mount and am willing to spend up to $8k. I am planning on doing imaging mostly. I do like using a hand controller.

So what are the recommendations???

Thanks,

Tim

I see from your sig that you already have an ES G-11 mount, and your largest scope is a 130mm APO. Why do you need another mount beyond the ES G-11? Or are you planning on a larger scope and heavy camera?

Several friends have Losmandy G-11's that perform well - but those mounts don't meet my definition of a "portable" mount (altho I have used my massiveMI-250 in the field for years before installing it in my observatory). My personal goal is going as light-weight as possible, while having good imaging performance with a 5-inch size APO, or maybe even my 10-inch RC. I was thinking of Celestron's CGX (a friend is having good success with the CGX-L), but at 44 lb, I would not consider it "portable" by my standards. I really liked the quality of the Losmandy mounts on display at NEAF earlier this year - they appear to be a step up in quality even from the usual Losmandy standard. All of this is making me consider the GM811G "hybrid".

I should add that "portable" means to me, something easy to take along to dark sky locations, like my Adirondack Camp, Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park, and similar at the same time I'm also bringing a 20-inch F/5 Dob. Therefore, performance at light-weight and ease of set-up are perhaps more important to me than most people. Also, the ability to run everything for several nights in a remote wilderness with no AC power while not hauling massive batteries is important.

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Re: Best portable mount to get for 8k or less
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 12:11:45 AM »
With hand controller? Astro Physics Mach1 GTO. If you are willing to consider using a tablet or smartphone to control it then the Paramount MYT becomes an option as well.