600E GTO - Brief Comments

Apr 7, 2000



#506 Apr 7, 2000

Hi all -

Well, I've had my 600 for a few weeks now, and I've actually had a few nights

that were clear! My initial comments relative to the mount will surely echo

what others have said.

In short, it is terrific -- extremely solid and stable. I'm mainly using my

Traveler on it, and as you might expect this combination is incredibly stable.

I've also put my C8 on it, with similar results. While I shouldn't be

surprised, the difference between this mount and my Great Polaris is really

quite dramatic, particularly in terms of stability. Of course, at roughly 5x

the price, the differences should be quite dramatic!

Also, while it is much bigger than the Great Polaris, I've found that setup time

isn't that much longer -- maybe 10 minutes instead of 5 minutes to get the mount

set and roughly polar aligned.

Pointing accuracy so far has been pretty good, with most (but not all) items

showing up in the field of view of a 9mm Nagler. I should note that both times

I've used the mount I used the one star + Polaris method, but only had time to

do one or two alignment passes. I would guess with further practice and greater

precision on my part that pointing accuracy will continue to improve.

I still need to tweak my C8 to make it orthogonal, but that will have to wait

until I have more time. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the mount, and am

looking forward to having more time with it. Just need these clouds to go away!

Hopefully before too long I can get the Traveler out and try a few experiments

with unguided photography.

Best regards,

Paul Schroeder

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