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My Mach1 is a 2009 vintage. I have upgraded to the:
Rotating Pier Base / Hi-Res Azimuth Adjuster Kit, M1RAUP. This is
the best H/W upgrade I have added.
New machined knob set, M1485KBKIT.
EPROM V chip for the CP3 controller, CHIPKITV.
RAPAS (RAPAS) with the RAPAS right angle adapter (RAPM1).
Keypad Firmware 4.19.3
15V, 10 Amp Power Supply (modified to include Anderson Power Poles
on the front.
I use the mount on a 6 inch x 54 inch AP Portable Pier (6X54PP) for both
visual and imaging purposes.
At 10:48 AM 6/13/2017, you wrote:
Many years ago, I forgot the date, I purchased a new Mach1GTO and enjoyed
using it quite a lot - developing my astrophotog skills. Then life
happened - work obligations, family, moving house and travel and such
caused me to consume my weekends doing other things for a number of
years. Now that those obligations have quieted down, I'm getting out into
the night more with the smaller gear and want to get my Mach1 back into
First: As it has been quite a long time, I feel like a Rip van Winkle
here and am noting there have been some changes to the Mach1 in the
intervening years. Newer base, control box, and other accessories. Are
any of these super-ultra must-haves that make setup or use considerably
better? The right-angle alignment scope jumps out at me for avoiding the
neck contortions I not-so-fondly remember during setup.
Second: I'm going to Oregon for the eclipse and nature photography. I've
sold my other mounts long ago, with the Mach1 being my only EQ mount. I'd
like to get it from the east coast to Oregon, and the Mach1 rests in its
own wheeled Pelican case. My tripod is a weighty aluminum job I got from
Company7 - marginally portable in terms of airline travel, I'd say. I'm
wondering if anyone has transported their Mach1 via airline and might
provide some tips or suggestions, and I'm open to airline-compatible
tripod suggestions for the Mach1. I reckon I would need to ship my
battery pack ahead via FedEx/UPS because my viewing location for the
eclipse offers no AC power.