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nocturne
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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:54 pm
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Got a new mount yesterday - an AP1200GTO! It is incredible! It easily supports and drives the AP180EDT f/9. Such an upgrade from the G11 that is in the background. The G11 has been great for the TeleVue 102 but the AP180 is a bit too much for it. The 48" pier shown and also a 32" pier were part of the deal, too.

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:10 pm
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Beautiful, Doug! Man that GEM is a dream. What's the realistic scope limit for the 1200? What kind of settle times do you get with your heaviest eyepiece?

Kerry, this is what I need! :lol:

Doug, seriously, nice mount. Feel free to post more pics.

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:34 pm
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I'm drooling right now. Beautiful mount, Doug!!! :cool:

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Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:11 am
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Thanks, guys. I am in HAWG HEAVEN right now. This mount is SO sturdy and the movements are SO smooth - a totally amazing piece of engineering and precise, careful manufacturing. The package came with everything - polar scope, multiple counterweights, two piers, pier adapter, dovetail plate adapter, regulated AC to DC power supply, cables, and so on. Its weight bearing capacity is about 140 pounds, not including counterweights. I have not had a high power eyepiece in yet but it dampens immediately at 135x (12mm Nagler). When we decided that the time had come for me to get a new mount I posted a "wanted" ad on Astromart and got a response from this guy within four hours. I could hardly believe what all he was offering, as you rarely find an entire package, and he was asking less than I had seen bare AP1200 mounts going for on Astromart!
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Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:44 am
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Beautiful mount Doug! Congrats! The 1200 is a wonderful piece of equipment.

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Kerry, this is what I need! :lol:
You & me both bro. My friend had a Ceravolo HD 216 f/6 Mak-Newt (8.5") with rotating rings on an AP 1200 / PWT Monolith Pier. You could rap the hell out of the OTA and it would settle within 1 second at 200x. That Monolith pier was an incredibly robust and stable platform for the 1200. Your 10" Newt wouldn't even phase it! :lol:

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Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:47 am
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Kawx4d wrote:
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Kerry, this is what I need! :lol:
You & me both bro...Your 10" Newt wouldn't even phase it! :lol:
Forget the 10". I would finally have a reason to tackle the 12" project! :lol:

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Doug, those images are like astro gear porn! Amazing looking unit inside and out. Weight capacity is 140lbs?!? Wow!

Astromart can be a really good place to find deals. If you find someone who's looking for quick cash you can occasionally score a true deal. Looks like that's what you've got here. Nice work.

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Doug, if that rig ever gets to be too much there are plenty of folks here that would be more than willing to help you setup the 180 on the 1200!! :mrgreen:

Sweet, sweet setup!

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I've been needing to work out more to stay in shape so I figured getting bigger astro gear would be a good solution!

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That is definitely the secret workout weapon for us astro-geeks. And here I am trying to make everything lighter. No wonder my arms are getting flabby!

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Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:38 pm
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Very nice.
There's something about the appearance of well crafted mounts which makes them exciting just to look at. :D

My cat also inspects any new astrogear that arrives in boxes. I think he's mostly interested in the boxes themselves since he lurks in them once there is no gear. :p

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Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:22 am
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nocturne wrote:
I've been needing to work out more to stay in shape so I figured getting bigger astro gear would be a good solution!
I need to try that rationale with my wife!

"Honey? Setting up the 16" is just getting too light and no longer burning enough calories; I need to move up to a 24"!" :lol:

(Of course I need to get off my backside and get the 16" ordered before I can try that!)

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Oh my.....Need to wipe the drool from my keyboard!

Very nice !!!! :)

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Kawx4d wrote:
nocturne wrote:
I've been needing to work out more to stay in shape so I figured getting bigger astro gear would be a good solution!
I need to try that rationale with my wife!

"Honey? Setting up the 16" is just getting too light and no longer burning enough calories; I need to move up to a 24"!" :lol:

(Of course I need to get off my backside and get the 16" ordered before I can try that!)

Great idea. I need some heavier wide field eyepieces to do curls with too! :lol:

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