Nexstar SLT vs Meade DS 2000
Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:15 AM
I wanna make my 4.5 newton reflector a goto scope.
Which of these mounts would you guys out there recommend?
Thanks // David
Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:34 AM
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:49 PM
The SLT has a slip clutch on the Alt and a steel bolt for the axle, simple and effective. The Az and Alt spur gears are aluminum, driven by bronze pinions. The drives are mostly metal although the gearhead uses plastic gears. The main failure mode is breakage of the fork arm or base castings if dropped. I have replaced only two motors that had brush/commutator failures, but on the whole the Celestron mount is far superior.
In looking over the design of the Meade LT and LS mounts it's clear they took a few lessons from the DS2K failures or Celestron's Nexstar line. Unfortunately, they failed to fit them with dovetail saddles.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:43 PM