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#51 Jim7728



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

Sweet! :bow:

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:49 PM


#53 Mike W

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

You can order from Losmandy three Thunbscrews that STAY in the head, works great! Drop head on, rotate head and tighten, all of ten seconds and nothing to lose. I think they should come with it but like anything else keep the price down wherever possible. :shrug:

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

I was going to get a Nova Hitch to mount my TAK TSA-102s on but I just could not want wait months to get it so I ordered a new DM-6 and I am very happy with it. I can put a Pentax 30MM XW in or pull it out with nothing in the diagonal and the telescope stays put. Plus it tracks smooth as butter and you can push it with one finger. I mounted it on a Takahashi SE-L tripod that is quite solid and everything just take minutes to set up. A 5mm eyepiece gives me 163X and tracking is so easy that I really don't need any knobs for that. The only complaint I have is that they are expensive, but no more so than any comparable mount and you can get them now.

If I were going to use a larger telescope and higher magnification, especially for the public to look through, I would just set up an equatorial mount with tracking. But if you just want to keep things simple, fast and fun--the DM-6 is pretty hard to beat.

#55 la200o


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

The hitch mounts look fussy to me. . .
On the other hand they are the most beautiful (in an architectural sense) alt-az mounts I've ever seen.



This impression is essentially correct.


#56 rockethead26



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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

So what's it gonna be, Jim? You usually have something on a brown truck by now.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

Hi Jim,

You're right, the DM mounts are nothing to write home about aesthetically, but they work great. I used the DM6 for many years with the TEC140. I sold the DM6 and replaced it with the DM 4 to use with the TEC110. The DM 4 has a higher capacity than what has been reported. I've been tempted to put the 140 to see how well the mount can handle the extra weight..

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

Anybody know of a good DM-6 tripod extension? I hear the DM extension works well, but I'd prefer something tubular.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

Other than that it's a little pricey, I think the DM-6 8" tripod extension is perfect in that it's light weight and the three struts act as a nice hand hold when moving the tripod around.

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