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#1 James Cunningham

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 03:54 PM

Who makes a heavy duty alt az mount that can hold up to 30 lbs that has goto?

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:02 PM

Hello James,
I've no experience with it, but the iOptron Mini Tower Pro seems to meet your requirements.

Hope that helps..,

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:09 PM

That looks like the ticket. Has anyone use one of these? How are the gotos? Is it similar to Celestron's goto

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:14 PM

I saw one of the Mini Pros at OPT. I wouldn't even consider putting my C9.25 with Crayford focuser and 80mm & red dot finders on one and it's under 30lbs. Unless it has some sort of anti-gravitytizer I think the stated payload is wildly optimistic. I wish someone did make a mount like you want, preferably with some sort of Light Switch type setup. I have my C9.25 on a Giro-it's become too heavy for my CG5GT-and while it's lots of fun to use I do miss goto. David

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:26 PM

Both the MiniTower and the Pro have reputed serious problems out of the box. (I have no first hand knowledge. Just reporting what I've read.) Steve Forbes at Trapezium Telescopes has an upgrade service. You might call him and ask. He seems to be a very straightforward and honest guy. I've had a number of email conversations with him, but never bought (yet).

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:11 PM

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:12 PM

Its the Celestron 6 inch refractor which weighs with stuff on it about 31 lbs but it is also really long.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:16 PM

I'm glad to say I stand corrected! I think the fact that it looked so much like a regular Mini caused me to underestimate it. Guess I'll have to start saving up for one. Hopefully by the time I'm ready to buy it will have Light Switch type alignment. I do have one question: are those stock Mini Pros and If not how much does the upgrade cost? David






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