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#1 azure1961p

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:37 PM



For $500 - what equatorial moutn with a clockdrive will securley hold a 40 pound load? Doesnt need computer anything - just an equatorial mount with drive and pedestal or tripod.

Has to be able to hold 40 pounds.

Im not interested in $2000 mounts . Totally out of the question. Ofcourse Ill considered decent used equipment.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:39 PM

While you're looking for your $500 EQ mount, let me know if you happen to run into a red sports car for me. Must cost $3,000 or less, get up to 200 mph in 6 seconds or less and get 40 miles/gallon or better.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:43 AM

Unfortunately for Pete, Al will find his vehicle before Pete will find his mount.

#4 Joe Aguiar

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:18 AM

The only one that can handle 40 lbs thats not expensive is EQ6 mount but not the newest one the older one & it going to be in the used market.

Even that it may be in the 600 to 700 range. It does have hand controller, drives but not goto & 2" steel legs.

If you can find the oringional black Skywatcher EQ6 you may find it in that price range if its a bit beat up but i think you will need go to 600 to 700 & they dont come by that often.

I would also reccommend the HEQ5 but that cant hold 40 lbs it rated for 30 the HEQ5, so it has to be the EQ6

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:21 AM

Ok i found one for you in Canada again its the one i memtioned the older oringinal model.

Its on the Canadian verson astro-mart.

Its $750 cdn which is about $630US

PS this is not my add or my scope but i thought i seen one not too long ago & thought i pass the info to you to help you out. Si i did a seacrch & found it here the link.

http://www.astrobuys....php?view=14645

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Hope that helps you

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:57 AM

While you're looking for your $500 EQ mount, let me know if you happen to run into a red sports car for me. Must cost $3,000 or less, get up to 200 mph in 6 seconds or less and get 40 miles/gallon or better.


Me? I want a pony! :lol:

As for the cheapest mount that will handle 40-pounds? The Atlas might, barely, but to really accomodate that payload, at least a CGE or a G11 is my recommendation. That means about 2000 used.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:40 AM

Mine's doing 40 pounds OK, but I only do visual work. Picture taking-wise, Rod is certainly correct.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:47 AM

I think the best thing to due is save up for a used Celestron CGE.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:19 PM

While you're looking for your $500 EQ mount, let me know if you happen to run into a red sports car for me. Must cost $3,000 or less, get up to 200 mph in 6 seconds or less and get 40 miles/gallon or better.


I found it. Unfortunatley its as old and used as the equatorial mount I turned down. I think its an alfa spider.

I thought I made it clear I was accepting used. Now you have to go to california and pick it up.

Pete

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:33 PM

Just to be clear the Atlas is the same as the Skywatcher EQ6 just so Pete knows.

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#11 Joe Aguiar

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

Hey pete you found one great how much was it if you dont mind.
Do you have a link of the add?

Was it like my link?

Just curious.

Joe






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