This GM-8 is about two years old, but it has only been used 5-10 times. I originally purchased it for astrophotography, but it proved to be somewhat undersized for my 35# instrument load, so I didn’t use it often. It would have worked as a visual mount with my instrument load, but I have a nice alt-az mount that fills that need. Having recently picked up a used G-11 for astrophotography, the GM-8 has to go.
The GM-8 is shown with some options/accessories that I am going to keep and use with my G-11, and with some that I will sell. The basic GM-8 complete with tripod, digital drive electronics, 11# and 7# CW’s, standard saddle plate, UV (Universal Dovetail Plate - this UV plate did not come with the mount - it is old and well-used, but entirely serviceable), and optional Tripod Knob Set can be yours for $995 plus shipping/insurance if paid via MO, or $1025 plus shipping and handling if paid via PayPal; sorry, no checks. I would also consider trading the mount (plus cash) for a premium 6” or 7” Apochromat.
In addition, I have the following options/upgrades that I will not be using with my G-11. I will first offer them to the buyer of the GM-8, and will sell unwanted items separately, but only after the GM-8 transaction has been concluded:
1. Pelican case for head, electronics, etc. #1620 22 1/16" L x 17" W x 12 9/16" D (int. dimensions) w/ wheels & pull-handle. I paid $293.55 for this, and it has never been taken into the field.
2. Lightware padded carrying case for GM-8 tripod. I paid $150.00 for this case.
3. Losmandy Illuminated Polar Axis Finder Scope. This was recently installed, but has never been used.
4. Upgraded, G-11 Saddle Plate. This larger saddle plate can be used with the GM-8, and provides access to a wide range of mounting accessories as well as greater stability.
For the buyer of the GM-8 I will price the above items as a “package” – the more that’s wanted the better the pricing.