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Logan Budd:
Another thing to keep in mind is that on the older models the polar scope expires in 2015. I am not sure if that is upgradeable but it would be something to confirm with TNR before buying a used Tak mount.

Michael Consumers:
I don't think you'd go seriously wrong with this mount if your frame of reference is the Celestron series. It's a definite step up. Just know that you bring your own control (iPad, smartphone, computer) to the party.

I imaged on one for five years. I'm about to move up the next notch to the Mach 1/10 Micron level, but that's how far you have to go to get past the EM-200 IMO. The essential goodness of the mount (low, smooth PE) is not going to diminish over time.

David Allen:
Yeah, my point exactly! I like the mount, never used it, but i ear all good things about it. On the other hand, one says to be carefull with the choosen version, other tells that it going to be replaced, in the end , i really dont know.
I have no experience with it, nor i have ever saw one, so, how good is it? How long can do an exposure with it, without being guided? And guided? Is it easy to align, or you have to learn a lot to start working properly with it? The lack of digital features, like the most recent mounts, is a problem, or not?

proporasat:
There have been a number of theads on CN regarding usage. The Tak mounts are very quick and simple to align and use but you will use the polar alignment telescope. On the EM-200, the PAS is essentially an analog computer. You will need to know your longitude and must also see Polaris. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be aligned in less than 5 minutes. If you need some sort of super-duper alignment for long focal length narrow-band, or some such, then you'll probably need to drift align.

Takahashi mounts do not have periodic error correction so, unless you are shooting very fast &amp; wide-field, you will not be shooting unguided. Guided imaging is only limited by the quality of your alignment and the rest of your system.

As far as personal or subjective things like "good enough" or "problem or not", maybe you could tell us what you want to do rather than have us try to guess?

Also - it's the nature of internet forums that you will get varying quality of advice as well as difference of opinion. You'll just have to do your research and look for any consensus between actual owners. Then figure out if those comments are applicable to your situation.

schemsucopost:
Well, currently, im using the Avx mount, guided with Phd, through the Orion SSAG, Im doing normal exposures, the type of  300"X 10 lights, plus darks, bias and flats. The idea, is to use my modified Canon 450D , mono, and try narrow band, as i already have filters for that, and all the required acessories. With the Avx mount, probably i can do it, but, i have yet to try.

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