I have a Skywatcher Esprit 120 and an EdgeHD 11. I am looking for a mount that will handle both scopes simultaneously. I image 95% of the time and visual only 5%. I almost always operate from a permanent location. I tend to take many short subs versus a few long images. I'm shopping for a premium mount that will allow me to achieve my stated goals (i.e. carry both scopes and image with either). All told I estimate both scopes with all gear attached (e.g. ADM dovetails, reducers, filter wheel, camera) will be in the neighborhood of 75 pounds. I was considering an ADM side-by-side dovetail, but I know that can be tricky to balance. Is the MX+ the right mount for the job? How long is delivery from order? Any thoughts and advice is appreciated!
Thanks for considering the Paramount MX+!
davidandra:All told I estimate both scopes with all gear attached (e.g. ADM dovetails, reducers, filter wheel, camera) will be in the neighborhood of 75 pounds.
davidandra:How long is delivery from order?
davidandra:Any thoughts and advice is appreciated!
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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I'm portable so the requirements for multiple scopes or even swapping scopes out during the same session are even gnarlier- my older MX (original flavor) and TSX/TPoint/ProTrack have worked exceedingly well for just that. Additionally, I frequently use an old SBIG ST-10 so I *have* to take longer integrations due to the higher read noise with that setup and it still gives me great unguided images night after night. If you're using more modern CMOS cameras I think you'll be pretty stoked at what you can do with a MX+ and not need to hover at all after creating models for each setup (quick and easy mouse clicks to save and recall as needed) with very little and completely automated "engineering" preparation. That's assuming you aren't going to use the two scopes concurrently. It may work well for you even then but I haven't really played around with that. There are a few threads about that scenario here and on other forums and seems do-able.
Thanks for the reply, Bill! Great to hear the experience of others.
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