Lightweight GEM with vixen-style dovetail clamp?
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:56 PM
I went to look at a EQ-1 equatorial mount today and I loved everything about it EXCEPT it didn't have a hand clamping mechanism for holding a Vixen-style dovetail. It required bolts to hold the plate according to the seller. I only need a mount to hold 5-7 pounds maximum, but I want to find one that I can just clamp in a dovetail and quickly release it with thumb knobs. That's the way my alt-az works. So, any suggestions for an equatorial mount in the EQ-1 weight range with quick on-off mechanism?