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#1 Karr24

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

I am looking for a cheap but sturdy mount for my scope: Orion ED80T CF that will allow me to just throw it on and go without all the hassles of taking apart the Atlas. Just wanted to get a few suggestions.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

Vixen Porta II

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

Modified AZ3 maybe?

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#4 Karr24

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

That wood mount is nice. Wife might even let me keep it set up inside :)

#5 mjt24073

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

If you like EQ mounts, I would suggest the EQ3. I use one for my TV85 and it is great with that size of scope. The optional RA drive will let it track as well.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

The cg4 will work nicely,easy to carry and inexpensive.I've had two and liked them both.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:10 AM

I have a CG4 and I love it for my 120 but I think that the AT Voyager that I have is a better option for grab n go. I am going to get an ED80 soon and the Voyager will be my mount of choice for it most of the time.
You already have a nice Equatorial so I think than an easy to use Alt-Az will give you more options.

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#8 JimmyK

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

Greetings,

I just added a Explore Scientific Twilight I Alt-Az Mount with Tripod and was surprised that it handles my 100mm APO pretty nicely. Slight vibration while focus or skew but a very quick recovery @ roughly 2 seconds. Your scope is lighter and shorter and would no doubt do great. I got a little time out of the backyard a couple of nights ago and was quite pleased first light on this mount.

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#9 Binojunky

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

Orion Versago 11, Porta mount, DA.

#10 Karr24

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

Thanks for all the ideas. Much to consider. I like options :)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

Used manual CG-5, $100. Best value for the money.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Where can you get a G-5 for $100.00?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:33 AM

why from George of course :D

#14 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

Where can you get a G-5 for $100.00?


They are around but for $100, it will be the older CG-5 with the aluminum legs etc. If you are looking for a mount that is easier to setup and observe with than your Atlas, a smaller GEM is only going to get you part way there.

For an 80mm refractor, an alt-az mount like the Portamount, Voyagers is about as easy and as portable as it gets.

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