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#1 mypontiac

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:16 PM

Looking at one or the other based on grab and go.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:22 PM

My vote: AstroTech Voyager w/ Celestron CG5 tripod (2") & a couple of Manny Myles' mods. (works very good)

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:50 PM

There are several threads discussing the Half Hitch mount right now. It may be the prefect G&G for the 3-4" class scopes. Check out the other threads.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:28 AM

If you want grab and go, you want something that sets up easily and is compact and easy to move around. There is nothing that fits the bill better than an Ioptron Mini Tower. I just bought one of these and I love it! I also own a Celestron CG5 Advanced GT, which is considerably heavier than the Mini Mount...and this is why the Mini Mount excels in the grab and go department!

By the way, if you should buy a Mini Mount, consider buying it from Trapezium Telescope, as these people actually test the mount for hours before selling to you...for FREE!

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:20 AM

The Half Hitch looks nice, but it almost as much as the scope. Don't think I can afford that now.

The mini looks nice too. I assume it follows the goto object allowing more freedom in viewing?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:36 AM

I love my WO EZ Touch. I am sure it will handle either. The TV102 is longer than my ED80, but the weight is similar.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:33 AM

The iOptron MiniTower is designed for portability. Everything except the tripod comes in metal case. You grab the case, grab the tripod and your scope and you're good to go. It is a go-to mount and its go-tos and tracking are spot on. Plus, the mount can handle 2 scopes simultaneously. I concur with the advice of buying from Trapezium.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:45 AM

I agree on the MiniTower as being a good grab and go mount for a 102mm refractor. Using the internal 8 AA batteries for power the mount operates quite long (8ish hours?). TV telescopes are a class act. Regards, Jim

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:01 AM

The Half Hitch looks nice, but it almost as much as the scope. Don't think I can afford that now.

The mini looks nice too. I assume it follows the goto object allowing more freedom in viewing?

Thanks,

Sean


I also recommend the Half Hitch. If you don't think you can swing it, consider possibly going down a size on the Tele Vue by getting the TV-76, then upgrade to the -85 or -102 later on.

The Half Hitch is made right in your town, maybe you can get a hands-on look at one and try before you buy?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:40 AM

Yeah,

Not too far from me.

Just afraid to go see it as I might like it too much!

I like that the Mini will goto and track.

My other scope is also a tracking mount.

Is it a pain to have to keep manually tracking at high mags?

What is the control box on the half hitch?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:48 AM

Looking at one or the other based on grab and go.

Thanks!

Sean


I use the Portamount that I replaced the aluminum legs with wooden ones. When used with the TV-85, it's a marriage made in heaven:

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#12 Starlighter

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:51 AM

If you can live without slow motion controls, then consider the Orion Skyview AZ mount. Extremely stable. Once a scope (or scopes) is perfectly balanced, just a light push on the diagonal and the scope slews with ease.

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#13 mypontiac

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:17 PM

I like the Orion Skyview AZ mount but would also want the slow mo controls.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:21 PM

I owned one of the earlier version on the Skyview AZ mount and found that I didn't need slow-mo controls. It was very easy following objects at higher powers with my AR5 mounted on it.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:41 PM

Good mounts are pricey and I would not skimp. I have a TV101 and it is heavier than it looks. I have a SV Nighthawk 80mm I put on a really big camera tripod, but the 101 is just too heavy. I have a TV Gibraltar for that.

Having said that, I do not recommend the Gibraltar, at least with the TV pan head. While it tracks easily in azimuth, it is a pain to track in altitude. The alt. bearings are small and rely on adjustible friction. So either the scope will be hard to balance or else it will be too jerky to move smoothly because of the tension.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:49 PM

Recommendations then for a TV85?

Trying to keep costs at about $500


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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:05 PM

Either the Portamount (with wooden legs) or the Orion Skyview AZ.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:05 PM

With that budget in mind I would go for:

1. Astro-tech Voyager- Easily will handle the TV and if you want you can get some wooden legs from Hands on Optics. Cost: 300 for mount + 75 for new legs(if you think you need them) 375.00 with money left over to spend on whatever. Plus it has slo-mo controls

2.Orion Skyview Alt-Az. Doesn't have slo-mo controls but can handle a big scope(easily handled my AR5 fully loaded), in case you ever upgrade to a bigger apo. Its very smooth and therefore, I think, doesn't need the slo-mo cables. Price is 420.00

Hope this helps. :)

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:12 PM

I like the Astro-tech Voyager. :grin:

Thanks guys!

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:44 PM

Recommendations then for a TV85?

Trying to keep costs at about $500


Sean


Telepod head on a Oberwerk wooden tripod or heavy duty Bogan tripod 3026,ect. :cool:

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 12:05 AM

Recommendations then for a TV85?

Trying to keep costs at about $500




Well, I've tried a number of alt-az mounts including the Portamount, the Voyager and the WO EZT and (ON A GOOD TRIPOD) they're ok. However, I've settled on the Tak Teegul (Lapides)--far superior and I've used these for years. They're expecially excellent on a Tak or TV Gibraltar tripod. I've used an M603 along with other larger scopes on the Teegul and it is excellent, extremely smooth and stable. The TV85 (which I now have on a Teegul) is great.

Yup, they're expensive. the only other alternatives that I can think of are the DM4/6 or the HalfHitch--REALLY expensive.

And please everyone, I'm NOT denegrating these other mounts, they're just not as good as the Teegul IMO.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 12:17 AM

You should try the Orion Skyview now that they addressed the tension issue. It's an excellent mount. Very stable. It looks even better in person. It easily handles two scopes at the same time. Once I balance a scope (or scopes), just a slight push on the diagonal slews to where I wish to go. When I take my hand away, it remains there. I've just got to get used to not using slow motion controls. But I am getting pretty adept at keeping an object centered. It just takes a little practice.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:30 AM

Starlighter,

I've thought about getting another dual scope mount and have been considering the Giro III. I looked at the Skyview AZ at a dealer awhile back and completely nixed the idea because of the tension issue. You couldn't lock it down and you couldn't get the tension properly adjusted so you could smoothly slew and at the same time change EPs without having the scope flop.

Sounds like they've corrected this??? If so, I'd think this could be a very nice mount as it's quite stable and aesthetically it looks great. Wish they'd sell just the mount as I'd like to try it on my Gibraltar tripod. :)

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:54 AM

Seems like a good idea as you don't have to search for the controllers in the dark.

But how much "push" ? :question:

If you push too much at high mag yoy may keep pushing out the object.

Also, do you have the "drop" problem as mentioned above?

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 11:05 AM

How about this:

iOptron CubePro GoTo Alt-Azimuth Mount

http://www.optcorp.c...-277-12390&tb=8

Sean






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