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#1 Onslowe

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:50 AM

Has anybody tried the new Skywatcher AZ 4 or Stellarvue M1 alt/az mounts. I have seen a couple of reports on the M1 head, it seems high quality and I have a suitable tripod but £160 is a fair amount of cash for a tripod head, is it worth it? The scope would be a 80mm refractor and PST (bracket reqd) and its for grab and go. Is it easy to use heads without a slow motion control? I cannot afford the like of the WO Easytouch or SkyTee etc.
Thanks for any advice.
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#2 mathteacher

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:02 AM

Here is a review of a 102mm refractor on AZ4
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#3 Starlighter

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:59 AM

I've seen and played with the AZ4 at two local Skywatcher dealers. Nice mount. Very stable and it can be locked down so when a heavy eyepiece is changed out, the scope won't suddenly pitch forward. And here in the US at $250, it's a good deal. Don't know what it runs in the UK. The tripod has tubular steel legs which makes for great stability. And I like the panning handle.

I cannot comment on the SV M1 since I've never seen or operated one.

#4 ngc2289

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:35 PM

I used the M1 with a 80mm f/6 scope I owned. The mount was very smooth in operation. I was able to track Mars at around 150X with no problem. I did have the handle though which does cost extra. I don't own any big and heavy eyepieces. So I don't know how the mount would handle changing out big and heavy eyepieces. Hope this helps. :)

#5 Scott Beith

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:23 AM

http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=1804

Some thoughts on the M1 with an 80mm scope.

#6 Bradley B

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:53 PM

I have no experience with the AZ4, but can tell you from experience with the M1 that its ability to track was somewhat disappointing for me: push to an object, let go and the mount settles to somewhere between where you were and where you want to be, kind of a stick and grab situation.






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