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#1 delta107



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Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:00 AM

Hi to all,
I want to know if it is worth considering gp mount+hal130gp kit. Maybe there are less expensive options, or is it worth it? Thank you

#2 pennyandchris


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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:44 AM

Better finished than the similarly-sized CG5, EQ5 and clones for not much more money.

BUT, if you add genuine Vixen motors / controls / go-to it gets very expensive.

You don't say what 'scope(s) you've got - if it were me I'd be considering a Synta mount (EQ5 / HEQ5 Syntrek or Pro).

#3 Eddgie


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Posted 19 September 2009 - 10:09 AM

If it is truly the HAL 130 legs, (and not the AL-130 legs) then it may be worth it.

There is also the HAL 110 and AL 110.

I LOVE the HAL tripods. They are STIFFER and LIGHTER than the AL tripods.

The only Differnce between the 110 and 130 is that the 130 is about 4 inches higher.

I used a Televue 101 with a Vixen HAL 110 under a CG5 and LXD55, and the height was JUST acceptable. I had to lower my observer's chair to get to the eyepiece when viewing at zenith. The adjustable chair was necessary for this tripod.

If you are using a 4" or larger refractor and DON'T have an adjustable observer's chair, the HAL 130 looks a lot better. It is more stable than the AL 130, and taller.

If you are using a smaller refractor and have an adjustable chair, the AL 110 may be fine for you.

I REALLY like the HAL tripods though. I would love to replace the heavy steel legs on my CG5 ASGT with HAL 130s. I have a set of HAL 110s and again, they work OK, but the 130s I think would be PERFECT, and SO much lighter than the factory steel legs.

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