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#1 M44

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

I always used Alt/Az mounts with my small/medium sized scopes with digital encoders, now I am looking for a quality tracking mount for small scopes under 10-12 lbs for high mag. observing. Goto not necessary.

What are my choices?

The scopes are..

Scope / FL / Dovetail.
1) Takahashi FS-60Q / 600mm / Vixen style dovetail
2) Celestron C5 Spotter / 1250mm / Vixen style dovetail
3) Celestron C6 / 1500mm / Vixen style dovetail


I have nexstar 6 SE mount on my mind? Are there any other better choices without sacrificing the portability of the above scopes?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

I love my Teegul SP for this kind of use.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

Thanks Jared!

I am willing to take C6 off the list. I guess it will be too heavy for Teegul SP. I see a new version Teegul SP III with below description.

I understand Takahashi rates their mounts capacity conservatively. Is a 10 lbs. scope(loaded) toomuch for this mount?

Description:
NEW! Takahashi's new Sky Patrol III features a new TG-HD motor drive system with all-in-one hand control. Runs on 4 "AA" batteries contained in the hand controller.

Features:

New all-in-one hand control
Runs on 4 “AA” batteries contained in the hand control
Five drive rates: sidereal, solar, .7x, .5x and .3x sidereal. Reversible to the Southern Hemisphere
Speed set with convenient dial switch on hand controller
Double speed and stop controls for guided imaging
Extremely compact for air line travel
Will carry a 7 lb. load [Sky-90]
Includes one .6 Kg counterweight (p/n TCW0006) and counterweight shaft.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

I don't know how portable you need to be but the Tak EM-11 would be a good option.
In a lower price bracket, I see posts of people happy with their Ioptron IEQ30.
Also, if you could find a Tak P2z, that would be an excellent choice. In essence it's a mini NJP, same accurate tracking and same excellent polar scope. I'm hoping to find one for myself, more than anything to just add it to my collection of mounts.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

I would say the SP can handle 10lbs, but it is what you mount the SP on which might be the bigger problem.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Yes the tripod a very important piece of the equation. Since the mount will be used for visual the tripod will have to be tall enough for comfortable viewing.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

I have a Gitzo tripod 5531S with a capacity of 50 lbs (max height 52") that I use with Alt/az mounts and stardust observing chair.

No to EM-11. Yes to P2Z, if I can use it on my tripod.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

i have seen the Mewlon 210 on a Space Boy (the predecessor of the Teegul Sky Patrol).

In one of the most phenomenal deals ever, an EM-2 sold on the other site for $400 at the end of September.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

Takahashi also has a new version of the p2z out. It's called PM-1.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

Takahashi also has a new version of the p2z out. It's called PM-1.


I checked that out when they released with new FC-76 DS/DC scopes. Nice mounts and with a cost which is close to EM-11.

Looks like my best option is look for a used Tak mounts or AP 400QMD.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

I have no experience with the AP 400QMD but i have a friend who uses the 600 and he is very happy with it.
If you could score a used P2z that would be ideal i think. Tak says the PE on the P2z is the same as the NJP +/-4".






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