Skywatcher multifunction mount
Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:14 AM
I am surprised to see no mention of this mount anywhere, considering how much press "Cube" has got, this is also in the same price range as cube (little cheaper actually). Anyone has any experience with this multifunction mount?
Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:29 AM
Still anyone who has tried it, what were your impressions?
Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:55 AM
I had Orion's version of the non-Goto one, and it works well for light, short OTA's, such as the 66mm f/6 apo I had on it. Balance is fairly critical, and the tripod is wimpy. Put it on a stouter tripod, keep to a small and light and short scope, and it's pretty good.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:10 AM
Just looking at it, though, it's unlikely to be stable enough for anything other than really small scopes, and perhaps the tracking feature doesn't scale up very well.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:41 AM
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 03:36 PM
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:04 AM
Thanks Luigi, Celestron mount/scope combo seems another good option, do you know if it would be stable enough for WO 66 mm scope? since scope it comes with is 60 mm, and I am wondering how stable it will be. Another question I have is - what would I need to mount my scope on this?
Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:50 AM
This mount comes with up to a 105mm refractor or 5" Newt. My photo shows the mount with my 60mm Lunt solar scope, which is what I got the mount for. The mount is cast aluminum and works very well in this application, but the tripod is the weak link and must be kept short for good stability. The SLT60mm has a saddle that takes a standard Vixen style dovetail. I don't know if all SLT versions have the same saddle setup.
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 05:13 PM
I found great price on Amazon $197.00 and could not pass it up. I should receive it in a week.
Luigi, you mentioned that "The SLT60mm has a saddle that takes a standard Vixen style dovetail" does that mean dovetail on my WO66 will just fit that and I wont need any attachment/adapter/plate?
Posted 10 September 2009 - 07:11 AM
It does take a Vixen dovetail, and it may fit your 66mm without modification, but there is a fairing that fits the contour of the scope. There is a possibility that you may have to take a dremel to the fairing to make it fit. I haven't taken a good look at mine, but you may also be able to just remove the fairing if it's necessary.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 07:09 PM