Re: GOTO Mounts, Ease of use


markdambrosi-@... wrote:
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markdambrosi-@... wrote:
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Hi Mark,

The 54" pier should be fine for most observing. Most of
the time you can be sitting and part of the time you may
want to stand or lean on a ladder.

At this time I have an older 56" pier and mount I use with my
It is just a little longer fl than your APOMAX.

If you want to be looking straight overhead most the time then you
want a longer pier.


Hi Folks, Just curious, have those of you who have the AP GOTO
i would like to ask how you found their ease of use when you first
them? (I'll probably be using mine with just the hand
at first, due to a lack of a laptop) I'm hoping that they are
too much of a head scratcher!, Also which Semi-pier (In height)
you think to be suitable for the Apomax 5.2" F-12 refractor? (OTA
60" Long) Thanks, Mark
Hi Rich, I get the feeling the 54" pier may be too short, even with
the 1200 head upon it. Although with the HGM-200 w/60" legs, near
horizon viewing did require a short (24") stepladder, at the zenith, i
would be on my knees. Just about right for my tastes. (I like
I'll have to hope that someone will have a 7.1" EDT at Astrofest this
year, so i can better judge this. I don't believe Tom Back will be
bringing his. Mark
Also, this post brings another question to mind. Are the
accessories such as the polar scope, piers, counterweights usually
stock items. Saw a polar scope without illuminator on Astromart just
yesterday, and it was $275. (Thought new price was $250) This made me
think that these may be very hard to aquire. (Such as the Losmandy
scope currently) Mark

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