Losmandy has announced an new mount system based on their long-standing and well loved GM8, G11 and Titan mounts. With the addition of a simple adapter, you can now split your existing Losmandy mount and attach to new, alternate bases without having to buy an entirely new mount. In other words, if you have a GM8 and have been wanting to upgrade to a G11, you add an RA extension adapter and a G11 base increasing your mount's weight capacity to 50 pounds. Have a G11 and want to upgrade? Add the RA Extension and the Titan base and you have a mount with a 75 pound capacity for a fraction of the price of a new Titan mount.
There are great major possibilities and potential versatility with a modular equatorial mount system. For astronomers with multiple fixed viewing or imaging locations that you travel to, you could have two bases and a single mount head rather than two complete mounts. You could keep a larger fixed system at home and travel with a lighter setup when you're out in the field. By splitting the mount in two it becomes more portable and easier to handle as well. Losmandy has updated the mount design by tucking motors away making the mount bodies more streamlined and compact than before. The new mount systems are also available in pre-configured sets under the new models, GM811G and G11GT.
As of this posting mounts, Losmandy is expected to start shipping in about 4 weeks and the RA Extension for the GM8 is due out soon as well. We are accepting preorders now for these mounts and upgrades.