MG2 Mount put through the test
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:12 AM
Last night, I mounted my SV105 and my Polarstar SCT8 on this mount. During the day I had vertically aligned them. The weight on the mount with accessories approached thirty pounds. The mount moved very smoothly to places that I pointed, and the fine tune knobs worked precisely. I went to the crescent moon and dialed up the magnification. With fine tune adjustments there was a slight vibration, but this dampened away in less than a half a second. It was incredible comparing the views. Because the seeing was not exceptional, I could not take full advantage of the SCT's higher magnification. Side by side, the better optics of my SV105 was very apparent. I found Armstrong's crater in both but the SV105 showed it much sharper. In the SCT8 there was a hint of the center obstruction as a shadow. Tonight, I will attempt to align them horizontally. They are already close. In low power the moon was in the SV105's FOV while I had it centered on SCT8.