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Advice for alt-az mount, 80mm f/11 refractor

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#1 jbarn

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 03:20 PM

My equipment:
80mm f/11 Celestron FirstScope 80

My usage:
Casual Sun, Moon, Planets, brighter deep sky.

The supplied alt-az mount is unsatisfactory. The 'scope and my eyepieces are fine for my needs.

I'm looking at the Vixen PORTA mount, the William Optical Eazy Touch, and the offerings from Helix.

Any advice would be much appreciated, and perhaps I have overlooked another manufacturer.

jbarn

#2 mypontiac

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:46 PM

I've heard good reviews of the Porta Mount for light weight scopes.

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#3 TONGKW

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:57 PM

I like manual type of AltAz mounts with slow motion control. I would recommend the Voyager over the Vixen Porta. The Voyager is stronger, just costs a little more, and would be usable when you later upgrade to a larger OTA.
Shown here is the Voyager AltAz mount with my old Astro 76 mm f/18 refractor OTA.


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#4 jbarn

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:07 PM

Thanks, I'll give it a look. Sorry for delayed response. I was in the midst of of moving when I posted.

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