How to do low-cost GOTO for 80mm ST?
Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:51 AM
I'm interested in a GOTO mount for my Orion Short Tube 80. I don't want to buy a full set up that already has a 80mm scope - just the mount is all I need.
Other than the IOptron alt-az mounts, are there any other GOTO mounts on the market? If not, what should I look for in a used mount setup? Anything I should avoid?
I don't figure that the Meade ETX mounts are likely to be the best option, since the fork arms look pretty short, and when using some of my eyepieces, I have to rack the focuser pretty far out, and it might cause difficulty viewing at the zenith.
Thanks for any/all replies. If there's any questions, just ask.
Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:03 PM
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:06 PM
This mount is super easy to use, a great grab and go GOTO mount, and on a 80mm OTA it is close to ideal on a stock Nexstar SLT.
I'll send you a PM.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:36 AM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:39 AM
The nice thing about the LXD55 besides being cheap is that you can easily mount other telescopes on it, up to maybe a C8 in the event you ever want to compliment your smaller scope with a bigger one.
To me, it is always better to slighly overmount a telescope than undermount it.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:36 PM
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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:11 AM
If you may ever want to do AP, then an LXD55/75 or CG5 GT would be good. There's also the NEQ3 Synscan, slightly smaller, which may suit.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:24 AM
Quick and easy, one-handed "out the door," 2-3 star align-and-go type of thing. Thanks for everyone's suggestions - they really have helped!
Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:54 PM
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