80/9D came today
Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:50 PM
I am still trying to decide on a mount.
First,let me say I am stunned at how big this scope is. You don't really get a real sense of the size in pictures.In person it looks big.I was reading that the stellarvue mounts-gibralter etc etc are alright for this scope up to medium magnifications but not good enough for high-like 150 or 200X.
It's confusing to a newbie like me and I even read that some justtake the mount on the CG-5 and put it on a heavier tripod. I'm lost.I should just get the porta II mount for now and forget about it-any stability difference between the porta II and the pro model?
Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:59 AM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:30 AM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:36 AM
maybe they are not that good?
Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:03 AM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:05 AM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:41 AM
I would strongly recommend that you upgrade to the StellarVue Clamshell, which has a built-in Vixen rail plus 1/4-20 threaded holes. This allows for easy mounting to my TeleVue Gibralter mount plus my Celestron CG-4 mount which are both excellent with this scope.
(The standard dual rings that came with mine had relatively thin felt linings and I found that opening and closings of the rings would have the pivot hinge point of the rings hitting the paint on the tube. This may not be a problem with yours, but I would check this to see if your rings are ok.)
Look for the clamshell here: http://www.stellarvue.com/rings.html
Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:44 AM
Notice, all have sold except for...
...one in Lithuania...
...and another for sale as an auto-guiding rig.
I suspect some folks research before they buy thinking it to be a "wonder mount" capable of handling larger scopes and for slightly-less-than-serious astrophotography, and are disappointed afterwards, so they sell them and buy something larger, and more expensive. Realistically, its refractor limit is a 4" f/8(crosses fingers) or smaller, although some are satisfied mounting slightly larger scopes. Celestron is presently mounting heaven and earth upon them, with a fast 6" f/5 refractor to boot.
Have you read this...
Your 80mm f/9.4 Stellarvue will love it, and with an equatorial you may accomplish higher magnifications. Of course, if you don't care for the blindingly all-white mount, Orion offers the almost-identical "SkyView Pro" in black...
...but for $399. I got my CG-4 for $264.99 with free shipping. It was a no-brainer.
My CG-4 was in a big brown truck breezing along I-40 through Dallas the other day. It's in Memphis now, just fifteen miles away. I hope it arrives tomorrow.
But I can wait...no, not really...
I've already received the dual-axis motors with the hand controller. Presently, the motors are dangling from my ears, with the hand controller being utilised in a vain attempt to change red lights when I'm in town.
I went ahead and ordered the Orion 16" extension, and for clearing the tripod along with added stability. After it's all said and done, it'll be my mini-observatory, coupled with my refractor and, for times when I take the refractor for granted, my Orion 6" f/5 reflector, that is, after I remove it from its laminated particle-board turntable and install a dovetail, also ordered.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:35 PM
Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:53 PM
I'm glad to hear that you got your SV80/9D and I expect that you will be very happy with it. My SV80/9D is a favorite and
definitely a keeper.
I have mounted mine on three different mounts, all alt-az:
an Orion Versa-Go, an Astro-Tech Voyager with 8" pier extension, and an SV MG2 mount. It worked well on all three,
even at 200x. I find alt-az viewing more comfortable and
grab-and-go and do not do imaging.
It's funny how people react differently to the appearance of
a new telescope. You thought yours looked big and I thought
that mine was a neat little grab-and-go.
I had mine out last night and got great views of Jupiter,
split a couple of favorite doubles and just had a great time. I wish you similar adventures with yours.
SV102F11 ("The 80/9D on steroids")
6"f/8 Planetary Newtonian (homemade)
Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:01 PM