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#1 stevew

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

I use an AZ3 for a grab and go. Well actually it only ever goes in my back yard.
I have a love hate relationship with it. I love the fact that I can pick it up in one hand and step out the door for a quick peak with my C5, but I hate the friction altitude design. I'd rather have a mount that used balance instead of friction to move the scope in altitude.
I have other mounts, including a G11 and a W.O. EZ Touch, but for a quick peak at the Moon or Jupiter with my C5 the lightweight AZ3 is great, apart from the friction altitude design.
I have been looking at alternative mounts for my little C5 and have narrowed it down to a Vixen Porta Starguy, or a AT Voyager.
Any thoughts on these two mounts?

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#2 rmollise

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:02 PM

Get a Sky Watcher AZ-4 and save yo'self some moola. ;)

#3 stevew

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:12 PM

Get a Sky Watcher AZ-4 and save yo'self some moola. ;)

Hmmmm :question:
I'll have to check it out, thanks for the tip.

Is it the same mount as this one?
http://www.canadiant..._2#.UEvD212vk1I
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

Nah...this one, which Orion sells under its "Versago" name...

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:16 PM

I have both the StarGuy and the AZ4. Do you want slo motion controls? If not then the AZ4 with the aluminum tripod is light and easier grab n go. The StarGuy is a nice mount but its heavier. With my C6 sct mounted on the StarGuy its heavy to carry but I usually make two trips.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:41 PM

definitely want slow mo controls..

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:22 AM

dont get the voyager!!!!! had one, hated it. azimuth was loose, movement was jerky, the slow motion wouldn't work half of the time even when perfectly balanced. some people claims to have good luck with theirs, i didnt. don

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

dont get the voyager!!!!! had one, hated it. azimuth was loose, movement was jerky, the slow motion wouldn't work half of the time even when perfectly balanced. some people claims to have good luck with theirs, i didnt. don

I have not had any of these problems with my Starguy!






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