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#1 JMW

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:43 PM

I have been using a Voyager mount with a Orion 80ED refractor for about
a year. I replaced the metal tripod that with a wooden one from Hands on Optics.
It helped the stability quite a bit. I recently received my Stellarvue SV115T.
It was a bit much for the mount. The damping time was about 5 seconds.

I enjoy using the scope on my Atlas mount since it is much more stable
but the gem is a pain to set up for quick sessions. I will eventually buy
a better alt-az such as the Half Hitch Mark III, but I need to save up some cash.
I have an unused CG5 mount so I decided to put the Voyager head on it.
What an improvement! The damping time is now less than 2 seconds with the SV115T.
It is still not a DM6 or Half Hitch but it will do until I can afford one.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:15 PM

I totally agree Jeff. I've got my Voyager on a CG5 tripod with the Orion 16" SVP extension, it's a great setup with the APM 115. I think the only time I'll go back to the stock aluminum tripod is for traveling.

Now what I'd really like are a pair of nice long (>12") and flexible slo motion cables.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 06:06 PM

I vote for this too, as I am doing the same and it's simply great!

#4 Preston Smith

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 06:19 PM

I totally agree! When I'm not traveling I put my Stellarvue MG mount on the CG-5 tripod. Amazingly stable for my SV115!

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#5 davidpitre

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:24 AM

I'm surprised the Voyager mount is this steady.
How do you think it would handle a Celestron XLT120 if placed on a steady tripod ?

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:38 PM

i guess im the only one who has a voyager mount that thinks its a piece of junk!! you have metal against metal. the slow motion controls works with friction so if you apply a lubricant then the smc dont work. both axis were loose when i received it so after a great deal of thought i took it apart and tightened a ring that holds the insides together. my findings " too loose or too tight, no in between" i just gave up and put it in the attic. $300 down the ---- hole! teflon or bearings is the only way to go. don

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:34 PM

Are there any modifications needed for the Voyager in order to attach it to a CG-5 tripod?

I had started another thread on using an Orion Sirius or Atlas on a CGE tripod but I'm not getting any hits. I guess what I'm asking is, in general, can a tripod be adapted to accept another mount head?

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:37 PM

Are there any modifications needed for the Voyager in order to attach it to a CG-5 tripod?


They are the same except for the "North" peg on the hub, which can be removed. That'll make the hub the same as the Voyager hub.

#9 Astronomics

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:59 PM

If you didn't think it worked right, you could have sent it in for warranty work. We have hundreds upon hundreds of satisfied owners world wide. The problems you appear to be talking about seem to be isolated.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 12:27 PM

michael, that was my mistake! thats what i should have done. GO COWBOYS!! OKIE STATE 2009 ALL THE WAY. don

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:43 PM

I came across a great deal on a used CG5 tripod and mounted my LXD55 on it. The only mod was to get an M6 hex bolt and screw it into the north leg spot, and it works GREAT. Can't even compare to the original aluminum legs. I call it the Frankenmount because it actually looks a bit silly. Carries my Orion ED80 like a champ.

#12 davidpitre

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:45 PM

Michael,
Your avatar suggests you've forgotten how the Longhorns stomped ya'll last year. It's gunna be the same story this year.






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