The MI-750G German equatorial mount with an AstroPhysics 180 mm refractor.
The MI-750G mount with the AP180 offers a level of stability that is not possible on smaller mounts. You could easy add a C14 tube assembly and 50 pounds of equipment all attached to a suitable instrument plate. The mount features a precision 15 worm drive with a GTO computer control. An ideal instrument for a fixed site with lots of equipment to add.
For stand alone use, the MI-500 German mount, which has a 180 pound capacity, is more suitable to this single refractor.
The AP180 telescope is an f/9 APO, and it dates from the early 1990's. The condition is good with some small scratches on the main tube. There is a 1 inch scratch on the dew shield. Otherwise very clean, no dings, no dents. The dew shield does need new black felt.
Since it is now 10 years old, we have been thinking of sending it back to AP for general cleaning and inspection.
Optics are superb. Some years ago several owners of refractors got together with their telescopes to compare quality with a double pass Ronci/Null test using a certified 1/10 wave optical flat. This AP180 and a Takahashi 4 inch won the contest hands down - both were nearly perfect.
For serious customers, we would be glad to demonstrate this telescope and mount (preferably at night) . We would like to meet and talk to the prospective buyer, if at all possible. Contact us to make arrangements.
Visit our web-site for further details. See the "Current Specials" and "Preview" pages.
Thanks for looking.