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#1 jnewton

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:05 AM

What would be a good mount head for mounting my little WO66?
I have a good camera mount, but I want it to be able to point to the zenith. I have a good tripod. Looking at a Stellarvue M1 or M2.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

#2 gnowellsct

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:22 AM

I think that stability is the most important thing in photography. You should be looking at the AP3600 or the Losmandy Titan at a minimum.

Good luck,
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#3 jnewton

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:35 AM

I am using the little scope for visual only.

#4 Trev

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:49 AM

A mount with 100lb capacity for a 66mm scope? Definately wouldn't be undermounted...
The M1 is a nice smooth mount.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:26 AM

Some camera tripod heads allow you to get to the zenith if you use the head backwards - in other words with the pan/tilt handle in front of the scope. Clumsy but you get used to it.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:52 PM

Your WO 66 is nice and light so a good camera tripod might do it well. To get something more substantial that would allow you to upgrade scopes to 80 or 90mm, take a look at Desert Sky Astro and their DSV-1. I have been very happy with it for several years for my WO 80FD. The head can be adapted to HD carmera tripods if you already have one.

http://www.desertsky...com/Mounts.html

Lots of choices out there so do your homework.
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#7 Jim7728

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 06:30 PM

Any alt/az setup with a panning handle for the 66mm will do. My favorite is the UA Unistar light.

I recommend using a extra long universal dovetail bar to help balance the heavy rear forward.

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#8 rmollise

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:02 PM

What would be a good mount head for mounting my little WO66?
I have a good camera mount, but I want it to be able to point to the zenith. I have a good tripod. Looking at a Stellarvue M1 or M2.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


Synta AZ-4. A camera tripod is one of the _worst_ mounts for a telescope.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:22 PM

I am using the little scope for visual only.


Well really if you put it on a Losmandy Titan or AP1200 you won't need vibration damping pads. Greg N

#10 mrki233

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 07:38 PM

This and a sturdy tripod work well.

http://www.manfrotto...luid_Video_Head

The 128Lp is beefy enough to support the scope, but not too heavy. I use one with my AT 72ED and it works great. The head is not too expensive, either.

#11 Pedestal

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:56 PM

I would recommend one of the various EQ-1's. You'd have the advantage of a real astronomical mount, and they are almost as light as a decent camera mount. With some, you can get a small battery drive also. I have a Celestron branded one, with a 9v battery powered drive. Very light, very easy to handle.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:29 AM

If you prefer to stick to photo equipment, I would recommend a Manfrotto 410 gear head which is quite stable with my WO Zenith 80FD on it. The manfrotto 410 gear head has both quick positioning and slow motion on 3 axes and can reach zenith with no problem.
http://www.adorama.com/BG3275.html

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#13 MikeB 2

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 02:53 PM

I like my Vixen Mini Porta Mount with my WO66.

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#14 Ed Wiley

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 11:46 PM

I ditto the Desert Sky mount, I have one for my WO66. BUT, get the long dovetail, not the stock one. You will need it if you have a 2" star diagonal and something like a Panoptic.






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