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Cleo Wickware

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EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:13:09 PM »
So I am down to these two in my price range - yeah Id love a big APys mount but thats out my range just now and I have tobalance $ vs the number of nights I get in a year I can use the thing!!

I would have loved a CGX but hey ... too unreliable for my liking.

Sooo.....

The EQ8/HDX110 seems to be alittle more accurate at +/- 3 arc sec than the G11GT at +/- 5

The electronics on the G11GT HC seem a bit better and more interfacing options such as IP based comms.

On the other hand its being used for imaging so most of the time I'd be remote into the obs PC and using SGP.

Theres also about 1000 bucks difference between the two - and thats a hunk of an ASI1600 to think on!

So ....

I am interested in thoughts about the interfacing of the EQ8 vs G11GT

In reality its going to be EQMOD on the EQ8/HDX110 vs the Gemini 2 system

I am leaning to save the $1K and go with the EQ8 but still looking at the G11GT

really hard at this price range to choose



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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 04:27:43 AM »
I am a step down from you. I am looking at a G11, Atlas pro, or CEM60. I am leaning towards Losmandy. Really because I like the machined mount vs cast, also the USA made is nice. I like the idea of being able to call and talk to someone and get help if I need it. The HDX110 does look really nice though.

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 04:51:22 AM »
Losmandy and never look back.

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 09:14:17 PM »
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Losmandy and never look back.

ok .. based on ???

they both seem reliable ...

I don't tend to see many issues from either

Both are HD mounts

The handset on the EQ8 sucks .. but then I dont use it much

The justification for spending an extra 1K is ..... ??

BTW I am in NZ ... USA built or EU or anywhere else is irrelevant .. its all more than a phone call or quick ground shipping away

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 05:57:02 PM »
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I am a step down from you. I am looking at a G11, Atlas pro, or CEM60. I am leaning towards Losmandy. Really because I like the machined mount vs cast, also the USA made is nice. I like the idea of being able to call and talk to someone and get help if I need it. The HDX110 does look really nice though.

iOptron isn't made in USA but you do easily reach a person by email. Which when you have problems is actually better than talking over the phone as you can send guide logs, pictures and such.

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 01:33:59 PM »
I would go for the HDX110 personally. Not that the Losmandy isn't a good mount, but the capacity is huge and you are unlikely to overload it very easily.
I actually was holding out for the HDX110 myself but had a moment of weakness and ended up with the Atlas Pro EQ/G and couldn't be happier. It was a HUGE step up from the AVX I have. It's silent, reliable and has encoders on it to make sure it goes where I want and verifies that position. All told, I am probably going to get an HDX110 anyway pretty soon since I am wanting to travel to Star Parties more and I want a reliable mount with me so I will take the Atlas on the adventures.
Of course, if I win the lottery, I will get a 10 Micron..

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 02:20:09 AM »
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I would go for the HDX110 personally. Not that the Losmandy isn't a good mount, but the capacity is huge and you are unlikely to overload it very easily.
I actually was holding out for the HDX110 myself but had a moment of weakness and ended up with the Atlas Pro EQ/G and couldn't be happier. It was a HUGE step up from the AVX I have. It's silent, reliable and has encoders on it to make sure it goes where I want and verifies that position. All told, I am probably going to get an HDX110 anyway pretty soon since I am wanting to travel to Star Parties more and I want a reliable mount with me so I will take the Atlas on the adventures.
Of course, if I win the lottery, I will get a 10 Micron..
ohh likewise .... if I had 15K to drop on a mount it would be different

I read that twice as I thought you meant take the HDX110 with you!!!

You need some muscle to use that as a grab n go!!

Big + for both these are the head only purchase .. as its going on a pier

I think its looking good for the HDX110 .. 1K is a lot of difference .. from what I am reading its an accurate mount and as you say capable of a huge load

I like the steppers in the mount too .. my CGEM sounds like a 12v truck winch sometimes!!!

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2018, 10:56:39 AM »
What OTA will you be putting on your new mount?

I am also debating which new mount to get. I am drawn towards mounts that are available without a tripod, because I have several already and to save space in my roll-off I'm moving to steel piers.

The CGX-L must be purchased with a tripod which adds about $300-500 in unwanted cost.

The G11GT seems like a very good value but it's just above my price limit and it's currently got a wait list.The CEM60 seems like the best overall value for OTAs under 35lb or so while the EQ-8 seems like the best overall value.

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 06:04:30 AM »
EdgeHD1100

Plus extras prob close to 20kg... 40lb

my only issue might be shipping weight of an eq8

still working on that

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Re: EQ8/HDX110 vs G11GT - interfacing
« Reply #9 on: Today at 12:19:57 AM »
I have no experience with the EQ8/HDX110 but I've heard their GOTO pointing accuracy is a bit lackluster and the mount head is like transporting a boat anchor. Plus the tripod looks super heavy and cumbersome to setup. Losmandy mounts are excellent quality all machined parts with tighter tolerances and with a beautiful anodized finish. The Gemini II has a learning curve but once you get used to that it becomes easy to work with. The model building is nice giving good pointing accuracy. You'll definitely get good tracking performance, not quite premium mount level but better than the Synta mass produced mounts and the G11GT comes with a new one piece worm block design. I love the Losmady HD tripod design it is very easy to transport & setup and very stable. I wish I still had that one.