Vixen GP tripod
Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:00 AM
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
Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:44 AM
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).
Posted 19 September 2009 - 10:09 AM
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.