Re: Small mount was Recent encoder discussion on CN
A 400AE mount would be incredible for use with the Stowaway and GTX. I'd be all over that and that would make driving over Snoqualmie Pass to get to better skies a much less labor intensive packing job!
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I would be interested in a smaller Astro-Physics mount.
In terms of size, I would want to be able to carry my 130 GTX for imaging. That would allow me to leave my big Astro-Physics mount at home when I travel to dark sky sites 4 or 5 times per year. The smaller the mount, the better, as long as it meets this performance criteria.
In terms of price, I would want to see the mount, equipped for use with counterweights, pier, dovetail plates, etc., come in somewhere below a similarly equipped MyT.
In terms of features, I would love to have a baby Mach2, with identical features. I just don’t think that’s possible at the price target above, due to the encoders, but I think that’s OK. If you could build a 40lb capacity version of the Mach1, with performance to match the Mach1, I think that would be a sweet mount. It would also be a logical entry for folks looking to step up into a premium mount. I know that I’d be all over it.
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I would love a smaller mount of this size and quality. It was what I wanted when I signed up for the Mach2 honestly. Something lighter and portable but still with great accuracy and same APCC/CP4 or 5 functionality.
This is why I recently purchased a Rainbow Astro 135. It weighs around 7 pounds and can easily be lifted out and setup on my tripod fully assembled in two minutes. For quick solar and nighttime use for those of us that do portable imaging, it’s fantastic. But the accuracy is nowhere near that of an AP mount. It physically can’t be. But for short focal lengths it works.
A small lightweight AP mount like this with encoders that could carry a C11 would track great and be a game changer for small lightweight portable mounts. 150lbs of gear for the Mach2 (mount, counterweight, CW bar, pier, etc) is not exactly as portable though it does fit fine in a car. If a 10-12lb mount could do the same job of carrying a 140mm refractor or a C11 just as accurately, that would be killer. Just miniaturize the Mach2.