Re: Small AP Mount Ideas

Roland Christen

The Mach2 major parts have the following weights:

Base  -  12 lb
RA axis  -  13.2 lb
Dec axis  -  17.2 lb

The mount can be separated from the base by removing 6 screws. Actually only 4 are really needed for securing the mount to the base. That leaves just over 30lb to lift. There is an advantage in that you can leave the base on a pier or tripod outside and cover it. Next session you put the mount back on the base and the polar alignment will be there for free.

Just a reminder, the Mach2 will handle a 180mm size refractor for imaging on a weekend outing to your favorite dark sky site. I have done it with mine, but it takes an Eagle pier to hold that. I would not do it for a permanent setup, but for a weekend getaway in your Rivian it would be just fine. You will get perfect tracking (thanks to the Renishaw encoders) as long as you are reasonably well balanced - something that is easy to do with this mount. Can the Mach1 do this? Um, probably not.


-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Schlom <woody_is@...>
Sent: Fri, Apr 30, 2021 2:14 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Small AP Mount Ideas

You do realize that the Mach1 can also be divided into two pieces.  As I recall you just remove 6 bolts.  It only takes a minute.
From: [] On Behalf Of Mojo Jones
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Small AP Mount Ideas
Yeah, I'll second that. I love my Mach 1 (original issue with updates, many years old). The 1100 is actually easier to schlep because it divides into smaller pieces.

I can still lift the Mach 1 in it's Scopeguard case, but it's not getting any easier. :)

On 4/29/21 11:26 AM, Woody Schlom wrote:
NO on the Mach1 being little and light-weight.  Got one – and as the years go on, it keeps putting on weight.  It’s already at my limit to schlepp around just the mount in a rolling case.  And lifting that monster up into a vehicle is a real back-killer.
Sorry, but you young strong whipper-snappers don’t understand yet that a Mach1 isn’t a light-weight travel mount.  Not even close.
From: [] On Behalf Of Kenneth Tan
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Small AP Mount Ideas
No I mean Mach1. The Mach2 is a great mount but on the heavy side. 
On Fri, 30 Apr 2021 at 01:48, John Chakel <jachakel@...> wrote:
You mean a Mach 2?

Roland Christen

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