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  1. There are a few AP scope owners in the UK and throughout wider Europe. I'm aware of at least two AP160's in England at one time or another. I bought my (2nd hand, very lightly used) AP 130 EDFS f/6 in from the US in 2011. Per George at AP, its one of the very last made of this model. I have only ever used it for (light, yet larger) travel viewing when the C-14 isn't practical. Visually, the term I recall using the first time out was exquisite - such a finely balanced scope that throws up views of such clarity and "crispness". For sure, at f/6 I found Nagler T4s, T5s and T6s to be b
  2. That's a bit of a stretch, really. Fully loaded, my C-14-XLT-Fastar comes in just under 63 lbs and given the counterweights x moment arm in play with (just) an APM TMB Design LZOS 152 f/8, I personally won't countenance the idea of using a C-14.., On paper, the C-11 may seem like its near to the C-14, but in reality the C-14 really is in a different weight and volume class.., bsdsgl84
  3. Ahh - shame.., Best.., bsdsgl84
  4. Hello, The mount in the video is the HGM Titan 100 - rated for 100 lbs instrument capacity and not the HGM 200, which is decidedly larger. Like I said, if you do decide to pass on it, feel free to let the seller know there's someone else interested in the mount. Best of luck whichever way you go.., Best.., bsdsgl84
  5. @Viktiste Which model? 150 or 200? Regardless - if you are truly not sure whether to go for it - If its still for sale, tell the seller to PM me, please.., bsdsgl84
  6. Hello, Good to hear from you., Not really set here in CA to the extent where I've even had an opportunity to identify / locate / become aware of a machine shop here., I've already got an order in flight with @FLO so its no great shakes adding new saddles to the order - provided FLO confirms their stock of current saddles are in fact, the newer, pan / tilt handle compatible versions that @Dek Rowan Astro referred to above.., Thanks., bsdsgl84
  7. Hmm.., @Dek Rowan Astro Interesting .. I actually ordered the Rowan AZ100 Pan/Tilt Handle & Mounting Bracket from @FLO only this past Thiursday and I just saw this post and checked both of my saddles and they both don't have the tapped holes for the bracket ., I'm in the US and actually ordered my AZ-100 back at the end of Jan 2020 and an additional DV saddle a few days later, so I don't think returning for drilling make sense - so I guess I'm looking at new saddles.., I have to say though - it would have been nice to actually highlight the fact the Rowan AZ100 Pan/Tilt
  8. Personally.., (and this is my own opinion) I always felt the DM6 to be over-hyped and overpriced for what it actually is, does and how its packaged. I ended up with one of Larry Patriarca's last UniStar Deluxe mounts after the DM6 and I could not be happier - well until the Rowan AZ100, of course Best.., bsdsgl84
  9. I understand the benefits of having choices, but if I had still owned my old DM6, I would have sold it on the day I got my new Rowan AZ100 - without hesitation.., Best.., bsdsgl84
  10. Hello, From a cursory search here on SG - there have been discussions about this mount in the past. You may want to consider reviewing those as a start, then perhaps either posting to any them that are relevant, or contacting one of more owners for feedback. Hope this helps.., Best., bsdsgl84
  11. Hello, Good to hear from you., I got my AZ-100 with encoders. I am a visual-only observer and my main mount is a GoTo GEM that carries a Celestron C-14. I do have a few other scopes and having recently sold off my other GEMs, I wanted a simpler, alt-az mount of excellent mechanical quality with above-average payload capacity. I elected to go with the encoder version because I wanted the option to quickly set up and be able to swiftly move onto observing. I am still working full time (from home like most), and its hit and miss what chances I get to observe, so I want to be abl
  12. Hello John, Oh - understood, that makes sense - thanks for explaining and the photos to illustrate. I've added the item to my AMZN cart - but will see what Dave comes back with - I plan to give them a ring on Monday anyways so will see what they say., Thanks again, All! Best.., bsdsgl84
  13. Ummm., the product as pictured in your link is not the same as what is used in the link I posted earlier., Best.., bsdsgl84
  14. Okay, thanks, all., I'll keep an eye out with the aim to get one to test whilst I wait to hear back from Dave / Derek. Thanks again.., Best., bsdsgl84
  15. Hello John, How is the Rowan supposed to sit atop that extension as pictured? I've never used nor owned an (Skywatcher) EQ6 mount, so its not a system I'm familiar with - thanks., Best., bsdsgl84
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