Well I nearly bought the WO EzyTouch / Orion AZ (had my credit card out and was deciding between the two) but a little voice told me to hold off. Then I came across a really good deal on one of the German sites (thanks Rob) for a Bresser Giro mount that looked the same as a Giro III. I went for it and it just arrived!!!
The picture on the website showed a black Giro, but the one that shipped was silver?? I think it may in fact be a Giro II - but at the price I payed I'm not really complaining (a black one would've been nicer though). Think I have the Alt tension problem with this one too. I'm guessing it might be old stock they're selling off cheap...
What's the easiest way to tell between a Giro II/III ?
Only had one session with it so far. Loaded it up with a 6" Mak and the C11 on the other side (using a WO Losmandy saddle plate combo). It was a bit lob-sided, but handled it gracefully considering. I need to fine tune the mounting, but I have no doubt that it's a very good mount - I like it plenty
Unfortunately the mounting holes on the WO saddle that match the Giro arm aren't quite centered. It's not a big deal once the scope is mounted, but it's a bit tricky getting the scope hooked up because the saddle puts the head out of balance. Had to hold the C11 with one arm :o
Anyways, the C11 is pushing it with my current setup, and I can see I could easily have an "accident" with the C11 OTA while mounting/dis-mounting. I also wonder whether mounting the C11 on it regularly might cause issues with the Giro... I think a C8/102ED combo would be perfect for this mount, so I'm on the lookout for a 2nd hand C8 OTA
Will report back when I've had more time to play. I didn't get the CW arm, but I may get one made up locally. I can't say from experience, but I do get the feeling this thing can maybe take a bit more weight than the EzyTouch. Pretty impressive anyway. Be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison between them...