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#1 sailor70623



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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:49 PM

Has anyone tried this mount? How much weight will it handle? How do you like the set up? I know the tripod it comes with is a bit on the lite side, but figured I'd re-do that. The mount I'm asking about is their CHEAP one. The one that comes in sets, like with an 80mm Achro, or a small 90mm Mak, or a very cheap Newt. I want to know if would handle at least a 102mm ED? Thinking of getting it just because it's so cheap. Might make a good travel scope mount. After putting it on some oak legs. :question:

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:35 AM

Gee, I thought some-one would have tried this mount.

#3 Lenardo


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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:31 PM

works Very well, i have one for a 4.5" reflector and am going to switch it for a mak-possibly a 102mm- might spring for 127 for my kids to use (lower eyepiece placement)

except for a bit of cord wrap potential problems the goto works well, the alignment is fairly easy once you get used to do it, it takes ~5 minutes total to be viewing from setup to viewing

#4 Preston Smith

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:48 PM

Hi Sailor,

The Basic Cube will not properly support a 102ED scope becuase of the combined effect of the length and weight.

The Cube Pro will but you will need a stronger base than the stock tripod.

Here's how I modified my Cube Pro using a 4" Aluminum tube that you can purchase from Velocity Air:

Modified Cube Pro Base

#5 sailor70623



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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:41 AM

Guess I'll stay with a simple Alt/Az for my quick look travel scope then. Thanks for the info.

#6 Scruffy


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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:05 AM

Have you looked at the Quarter Hitch or Gyro?

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