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#1 Terra3


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 04:05 PM

Almost sheepish in inquiring given the wealth of info contained in the threads . . . .

I have an 80 mm Stellarvue ED wide field and 100 mm Orion ED. The 100 atop a SVP, the 80 predominately on a reasonable photo tripod (plenty of terrestrial viewing where I live), and periodically on the SVP.

Have always wanted to get an Alt-Az and have constantly put off. Now wanting to pick up. My biggest concern is stability; and especially so given the high incidence of winds here on the East Alberta plains. I understand shelling $$$'s will certainly do it, but on a more economical scale, how would the more cost effective options fare . . . thinking EZ touch, Voyager, older Vixen Dx. I've never used a push mount, so I'm not certain how well they work, and more so at the upper ends of my good viewing mags (150 - 225x or so . . . pretty decent dark skies out here). I did like the slo mo controls on a Vixen that I had used once with the smaller scope.

Appreciate any and all help with this. In the meantime, I'll continue to pour over postings in the wee hours of the morn'.


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