Gotta get a good Alt-Az
Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:51 PM
Any suggestions or seconds on the Vixen?
Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:37 AM
The TV-76 will be good on a Telepod plus tripod with elevator or elevated column. If using 2" diagonal and 2" eyepieces, a TV balance maybe necessary(least I found it necessary to allow the ota moved more forward for better balance)
Also like the 76 on a Giro mini with Bogan 3036 tripod or a UA Unistar light.
BTW, TV-76 will also need a TV Vixen/TeleVue adapter for the above mount heads that use a Vixen saddle clamp.
Here's the Giro-mini. BTW, also had balance issues with the 66mmED and purchased a dovetail bar from Desert Sky in order to move the ota more forward.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 11:58 AM
The regular Porta head is OK. I don't like the wimpy aluminum legs, but wooden replacements are available.
I use a SV M1 head on a lightweight Manfrotto 3021/055 photo tripod for my 6.5 lb. Onyx 80EDF. Similar heads from UA, etc. are probably just as good for strength & tracking. I for one don't miss the slo-mo controls.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:23 PM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 09:02 PM
I understand that they will be introducing a new mount (maybe DSV-2) soon.
Also great customer service.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:05 AM
My main interest is to get a serviceable mount AND tripod for the Towa and Carton. They are longer, but are very light. I doubt either one weighs more than 3lbs.
And I do prefer slo-mo controls. If I wanted to push a scope around I never would have put a drive on my Dob.