Re: 1100 mount production
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I routinely travel with my 1100GTO mount. Attaching or removing the dec axis takes less than a minute and the resulting individual components are lightweight and easy to pack. It's all the other stuff that's a pain, like the pier, counterweights, ota, rings, dovetails, and observing/imaging accessories. The 1100 provides you extra headroom for larger instruments, or a very solid platform for imaging with smaller scopes. I turned down my Mach2 notification as I could not justify it and the cost for the array of telescopes that I use. The 1100 is highly versatile in that regard. Not having encoders in my 1100 never entered into the purchase equation.
Good luck and clear sky.
On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 8:25 AM <skester@...> wrote:
I've been on the fence between the Mach2 and the 1100 and have a few questions. For the next few years I will be using the mount to shoot from a dark site about an hour from home, with an eventual plan to move to a darker area and have a permanent setup. So currently I have to pack, setup and tear down each imaging session. I will be guiding since I can't take the time too perfect PA each night, so while encoders would be nice I don't think they gain me much currently. The Mach2 seems more suited as a 'travel' mount, but the 1100 is only a few lbs heavier and splits. The intended OTA is a PW CDK12.5, which is towards the upper end of the Mach2 capacity but still in the 'green'. The 1100 would provide some room for future growth, though I don't currently plan to go beyond the CDK 12.5.