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Thread: good news on my Altas EQ-G

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    Default good news on my Altas EQ-G



    I'm getting ready to post the details of my mod for my "new" Atlas EQ-G in the Mounts Forum. Before doing so, I wanted to say I'm really happy with the new mount.

    I got really lucky on my trip back to the US and found a guy living very close to my parents house (where I went to visit) selling his Atlas EQ-G. He wanted $950, but since I paid cash and he did not have to go thru the trouble of packing the thing up to ship it, we agreed on $900. For the $900, I got:

    1. Fully functional Atlas EQ-G (well cared for by someone who had used it for AP) with tripod, handcontroller, etc.

    2. The cable that connects the mount to a laptop (would have cost me $50 extra to get that)

    3. pier extension (which I really needed because I'm using the mount on the equator -- another $100 extra to get that)

    4. heavy-duty CW bar (the set goes for about $100)

    5. Pelican case (which I really needed so I could carry it as luggage on my trip back to Kenya -- another $100 extra to get that)

    So, all in all, it was a good deal. Especially since it actually works!

    I had to do a bit of "surgery" for the mod. Nothing too scary. It worked out well. I'll post in the Mounts Forum shortly.

    I take the trouble to desribe all this because it may help someone else who is thinking of getting a mount for AP. There are good deals out there if you're patient and you look for them. I spent six months shopping for this one.

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    Default Re: good news on my Altas EQ-G

    That sounds like you got an awesome deal, Joe!
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    Default Re: good news on my Altas EQ-G

    Congratulations Joe, a great deal with all of the included extras. Looking forward to new images from you
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    Default Re: good news on my Altas EQ-G

    Congratulations Joe, sounds like a decent deal. You would have to travel to the US anyway to get a decent deal especially since you combine it with a family visit.

    You did quite well with your AVX though, I think your main issue is to get more time on target. Let us know how you work around not having ASPA, and how much difference the rated capacity makes.
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    Default Re: good news on my Altas EQ-G

    Good for you Joe! Sounds like the timing and price was perfect, as well as the accessories

    Hope you and all of it have a safe trip back,
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    Default Re: good news on my Altas EQ-G

    I have an atlas eq-g, bought used for about that price. Couldn't be happier
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    congratulations on the new gear. your images look pretty good in your album already. best of luck
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