calypsob wrote in post #14743568
Ok no offense to anyone who already has an astro track but if you are that hardcore about astrophotography why not just get a real astrophotography mount? http://livinginstylenewyork.com ...unt-w-tripod-detail-30726 http://www.amazon.com ...5&creativeASIN=B000FAD1O2
These 2 mounts will hold the weight of your lens without question and the orion will find everything you need by itself after you align it to 3 stars. They are quite heavy but you probably dont need all of the counterweights even with a 400mm lens so realistically you wouldnt have to carry around much more than you already have now.
This is exactly every Astrotrac buyer thinks of before jumping on. Once you look at price factor of Astrotrac and what it can do, you will realize that has many dis-advantages when compared to dedicated equatorial mounts.
Astrotrac can go to places where normal mounts cant... in terms of portability, setup simplicity and quality of tracking stars !!!
The Astrotrac gives you accuracy of tracking to 5 arc seconds, you can't get that level of accuracy from mounts cheaper than 3K. and you have to manage with auto-guiding.
Most Astrotrac buyers already have feature rich equatorial mount, and they still go for astrotrac spending much more on it.
i will give you my own example, I had a Meade LXD75 with full set up for autoguiding, but due to bulk and portability issue i tend to use it very little. if you are not in US / Canada or Europe then you might know that having personal vehicle is not that common in other part of the world and that creates major portability problem with big setups.
And this is where Astrotrac comes to rescue, you can go virtually anywhere with your astrotrac and shoot from there, in just few mins of setup.
Though Astrotrac is insanely costly people buy it for only single intention "Using it more and more under stars" !!!
I hope this helps...