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The Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Equatorial Mount is the smallest and most portable mount in the Astro-Physics line. According to Astro-Physics, the design goals of this mount were to be the first, compact, light-weight mounting that was designed for utmost portability while maintaining extreme rigidity and excellent tracking accuracy. No shortcuts were taken to achieve these goals. From the highly-accurate fine-pitch gearbox to the precision-machine tool bearings, to the innovative worm wheel and clutch design, this mount represents a new approach to this vital part of the overall imaging train.

The payload capacity is conservatively rated at 45 lbs., but Roland Christen, owner of Astro-Physics, has used the mount in extreme adverse conditions while imaging with much more weight than this rating.

The mount was designed with imagers in mind, as it has a revolutionary "through the mount" cable management system to keep the tangle of wires often seen surrounding an imager's scope out of the way.

The mount was listed as a Sky and Telescope Hot Product of 2007 and reviewed very favorably by Dennis di Cicco of the same publication.

April 2, 2008

Mach1 West Side

Mach1 West Side

Closer up on the West Side

Closer up on the West Side

Mach1 Southwest Side

Mach1 Southwest Side

Closeup of the Latitude Lever and one of the Azimuth Locking Knobs

Closeup of the Latitude Lever and one of the Azimuth Locking Knobs

Mach1 East Side

Mach1 East Side

Closeup of East Cable Channel

Closeup of East Cable Channel

Closeup of West Cable Channel

Closeup of West Cable Channel

Access Port for Cables

Access Port for Cables

The "Snake Pit"

The "Snake Pit"