Nova Hitch Alt Az mount
Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:15 PM
Any other suggestions welcome.
I want it to be as grab and go as possibe while also being stable.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:39 PM
I switched over to a Meade field tripod and it's much better at controlling vibrations and really cut down the dampening times with both of my scopes. Having said that, if you prefer a wooden tripod, I'd check out the Berlebach UNIs or Planet.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:34 PM
Take a look at the Stellarvue M2 or MG2 mounts. They also sell a surveyor's tripod along with a wooden model. Either mount ywill definitlely carry a 110mm scope. I was looking to move up from my 90 and this mount seemed to fit my requirements.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:09 PM
If you are seriously thinking Nova Hitch at $1,000, you are headed in the wrong direction looking for a cheaper tripod. Mounting a quality telescope and superior mount on a less-than-capable tripod is wasting a lot oh bucks and could be as big source of disappointment.
Excellent point. Any setup is only as good as the weakest link. Start from the ground up. Make sure the platform for mounting the Nova Hitch head is going to enhance its performance, not degrade it. Otherwise, like Rich pointed out, you are wasting the money spent on that beautiful piece of engineering.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:10 PM
I have had good experience with the Garrett 5000 tripod and was wondering what the consensus of using this with the Nova Hitch. Still too light-weight to use? Rated to 26#.
The EON 120 OTA weighs around 15 lbs with no diagonal or eyepieces, so I suppose it depends on what type of observing you would be doing. For mostly low power wide-field work, it would probably be OK, but if you plan on doing some high res / high mag observing on deep-sky objects or lunar / planetary bodies, I think you might be pushing it if you have any aversion to vibration like I do.
The TV Gibraltar tripod is rated for roughly 25#, although even the KB Systems website does not list the capacity. This is my best guess based on TeleVue's listed telescopes that will ride on it. For me personally, it wasn't nearly stable enough for anything beyond low power observing, even for my Stowaway (11 lbs loaded with a BV), and the Giro head and counterweight, which took the total weight on the tripod to about 24 lbs.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:25 AM
I use a 180mm f/15 Mak on an isostatic mount on an oversize tripod with 2" diameter stainless steel legs and everyone who has looked through it has remarked on how free this is from vibration compared to the usual 8" SCT and Meade 8" Lightswitch scopes which are quite flimsy and suffer a lot of torsion in azimuth.
I have looked at Charles' mounts many times and think the Nova should be good *provided* you have a really decent tripod under it.
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Clear skies Laura
Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:03 PM