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#1 SamTheMan

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:04 PM

I have a VN Orion 120 F8.3 refractor on an Orion EQ3 with Orion stepper motors. I think the label on the tube reads "Skywatcher 120 EQ". Is there a $200-max goto or pushto solution for my setup? Thanks
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:17 PM

Hi Sam and welcome to CN.
I am just guessing but i think it is going to be tight at your budget.
However, i would try Astromart or the ShopNSwap section here. Post a wanted ad for a pushto unit for your scope/mount. You might find something like an old Orion Sky Wizard or Meade Magellan pointing device. JMI also makes very basic units to fit most any scope/mount combination. Best of luck.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:10 PM

I have a VN Orion 120 F8.3 refractor on an Orion EQ3 with Orion stepper motors. I think the label on the tube reads "Skywatcher 120 EQ". Is there a $200-max goto or pushto solution for my setup? Thanks
Sam
auburn, wa USA


Maybe could specify what it is you want a solution for? Stability? The EQ3 is pretty "light" for a five inch.

Your five inch would "feel very fine" on a Losmandy g8, g11, a diskmount, all in the range of $1 to $2k.

You could probably pick up a push-to equatorial mount with tracking on Astromart for $300 to $900 depending on what it is. A Vixen GP or GP DX would be a major step up from an EQ3, IMHO.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:21 PM

Well, he did specify that his budget is at $200 maxed, so maybe you shouldn't be offering $900.00 and up suggestions. :lol:






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