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Alt-Az mounting a 6" f/6.5 achro

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#1 Phillip Creed

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:01 PM

I noticed that Explore Scientific came out with a 6" f/6.5 achro that looks like a clone of the Antares 1529. With a heavy eyepiece and a finderscope, that's about 25-lbs. total.

What's a good alt-az mount+tripod set up for the beast? I don't want to skimp on stability, but I don't want to fork over a grand, either. Thoughts?

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#2 7331Peg


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Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:51 PM

I had my Antares out last night on a DM-6 on a tall Disc Mounts wooden tripod. Had a little bit of vibration when focusing, but other than that, it worked well. Another good option is the Stellarvue M7, which is very stable for a six inch scope - it's under 1000 bucks without a tripod, and of course the DM-6 is over a thousand.
Probably going to be difficult to find anything under a thousand including a tripod. Best bet might be to try Universal Astronomics.


#3 BarrySimon615


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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:10 PM

How about a Helix mount?

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:47 AM

I can recommend a Universal Astronomics Unistar with a wood surveyor tripod. I had that setup for my large refractors and it was rock steady with smooth motion. I terribly regret selling it. It is relatively inexpensive so I think it is highly underrated by the community.


#5 Teal'c



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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:58 AM

Might also consider the Giro 3.

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