Mount recommendations for a NP 101?
Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:35 PM
I prefer feather touch controls.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:09 PM
I prefer feather touch controls.]q
For feather touch controls, get the Half-Hitch.
For < $700, Astro-Tech Voyager.
For anything in-between (you'll sacrifice slow-motion controls) there are options available from Stellarvue, Universal Astronomics, etc.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:25 PM
Guess I'll go with the Voyager.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:44 PM
How about a Orion SkyView AZ Mount and Tripod?
Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:24 PM
I believe that one of the Orion mounts is identical to the CG5.
Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:04 AM
Would need to drink way too many beers!!!!
Naw, no such thing as too many beers! Beer is proof that God loves us...
Good luck with the mount search.
Posted 20 May 2009 - 08:22 AM
Posted 20 May 2009 - 11:08 AM
Can use it Go-to, or use it simply for electronic slewing.
And I have seen these selling used for $250 to $275.
Weighs to much to carry it out with the scope mounted, but if you drop the scope off, the mount with weight goes out in one trip.
The newer LXD and CG5s are without doubt sturdier, but the heavy steel tripods are overkill for a 4" scope. The Aluminum legs of the LXD55 are actually a PLUS from that perspective because they DO allow you to carry the mount with no great effort.
If you want to pare a few more pounds, put the LXD55 on a Vixen HAL 110, or HAL 130 tripod. Ahhhhh.....