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#1 thelostboson

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:03 PM

Hello all,

I am wondering whether anyone has tried the Orion AZ-4 mount? I saw that there is a review thread for this mount, but it just seems like at the end of the thread, people who participated in bought a higher price mount instead.

I would like to know whether the head of this mount can be detached or not. My idea is to use it to mount a small refractor on top of the astrotrac system, and also be able to use it as a grab-n-go mount for visual observing. Many people recommend adding another Manfrotto Junior Gear head, but the head alone cost $225 already.

Any suggestions?

Thank you very much

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:49 PM

I guess I got my answer about this mount from the review on Orion website: http://www.telescope...35/p/101904.uts

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:10 AM

Yeah...I'd say so. Shame.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

I'm not sure what else you expected from a mount and tripod combo for 150 bucks ...

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

Decent built quality, like that of the non-slo-mo AZ-4 (Versago II) which is only a bit more expensive in Orion garb (and the same as this new mount when wearing the Sky Watcher brand) would not be too much to ask.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

Thank you Uncle Rod and Kevin for your opinion. I just remembered that Vixen also offers a piggyback mount with slow motion control for $135. May be I would better go with this instead. Do you also have any opinion about this one?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:49 PM

I had the Vixen piggyback mount, and I would not recommend it. For use with a small camera it would be fine, but even when used with my ultra light Kowa spotting scope it caused a great deal of extra vibration.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

Thank you so much Joe for sharing your experience. I guess there is really no simple and cheap solution to astrophotography.






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