Takahashi EM200 USD (50X high speed slew plus autoguider port) mount for sale. This mount is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically. It tracks extremely accurate (Tak claims +/- 5 arc sec PE on EM200, I did a measure on this one, the total PE is about +/- 4.5 arc sec and the PE curve is super smooth). It has an extremely accurate built-in polar scope. By using the polar scope to perform polar alignment, I was able to get 4 min. unguided exposure with pin point star image.
This mount is very portable and easy to set up. It can be set up and polar aligned (using the polar scope) in less than 5 min. It offers similar load capacity as G11 or AP600. The best part of this mount is that it requires virtually no maintenance. The worm gears are all sealed, you don’t need to do any gear cleaning or re-grease every year like some other mounts. The manual says this mount “has been designed to last a lifetime”.
I’ve used this mount with a set of JMI DSC encoders and Sky Commander, it worked very well. I’ve also used ST4 autoguider with this mount and had excellent results.
(the original safety stop on the counterweight shaft is missing, I’ve replaced it with a nut and a washer, it works fine)
Here’s what I offer for sale:
Option 1: Standard Tak EM-200 USD package including hand controller, two 11 LBs counterweights, SE-L tripod, power cord, Tak certificate and instruction manual. $2600 plus shipping.
Option 2: Option 1 plus a set of JMI custom designed DSC encoders for EM200. $2800 plus shipping.
Option 3: Option 2 plus Sky Commander DSC computer. $3000 plus shipping.
This is a great deal for a mount of this quality. I hate to part with it but I don’t have enough time to enjoy astrophotography and I need money for another hobby. Grab it before I change my mind.
I accept money order/cashier’s check. Paypal is OK if you add 3%. CONUS sale only. Additional pictures available upon request.