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#1 Naviguessor

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:58 PM

I just received my TV-85...but I have nothing to mount it on! Sure is nice to look AT. Ummm...not sure which way to go as far as mounts go, Ive never owned a quality alt az, so how easy is it to track at high power(plantets and such) but I suppose the EP may have something to say about that too?

I had an Ioptron MT - which wasnt too bad - I did like the tracking and easy setup. I'm all about simplicity, but dont want to be frustrated by jerky movements or too much weight. Thanks

#2 Al Canarelli

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:34 PM

The Mini Tower is exactly what I would recommend. That jerky movement problem was a very early problem which has been completely solved. If you want to be absolutely sure, buy your Mini Tower from Trapezium Telescopes. They will set up and test your mount before shipping it to you...and guaranty your satisfaction. I can't think of a better goto alt az mount than the Mini Tower!

#3 la200o

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:01 PM

Check out the Half Hitch. Expensive, but nice, and now there are some more economical versions.

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#4 Phil Frederick

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:05 PM

I have my TV85 on a Tak Teegul with a TV Gibraltar tripod. Very portable, highly stable, silky smooth panning and tracking and it's *simple*! IMO it's a terrific combo for a scope of this size. :jump:

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:25 PM

hmm...lets toss out a $700 limit, Im ok with used too.

#6 BrianRG

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:40 PM

The TV-85s are very sensitive. I was afraid I would hurt mine's feelings if I didn't hook it up with a gen-u-wine Tele Vue mount (Telepod).

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:42 PM

I wondered if they were picky about just who they would ride with, always good to stay in the family!

#8 Jim7728

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:29 PM

Ditto on the Telepod. :cool:

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:04 PM

If you want the best AZ mount for your quality apo then the only choice is Discmount. DM4 is ideal for this ota. Is ultra compact, ultra sturdy, ultra light and very easy to setup and play with. You can add a Gitzo Systematic GT5531S carbon tripod (ultra light and ultra sturdy, can load up to 40lbs with only 5lbs w) and will have the best system you can buy. ALL of the rest AZ mounts are below Discmount (DM4 and DM6), and ALL of the rest light tripods are below Gitzo.

#10 Waduino

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 12:50 PM

My 85 sits on a Porta mount for grab 'n go. Very portable, and the motion controls are very smooth. When I want tracking I use the Mini-tower. Works well.
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Edit. Ooops. I should add that the Porta rides on wooden legs. Much steadier than the stock aluminum ones.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 12:19 PM

The Unistar from Universal Astronomics will work nicely for you too.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 08:38 PM

Just so you know, the new scope curse(clouds-rain for days straight) must be voided if one does not have a mount to use the new scope, as we have now had 6 straight cloudless evenings since I got the thing.






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