New Alt-Az Mounts Ordered...
Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:09 PM
In researching various alt-az options for my small arsenal of OTAs, looking to replace my Lapides Teegul Alt-Az, I finally made up my mind and ordered both a DSV-3 and DSV-1 from Raul Medina at Desert Sky Astro.
Ultimately I decided not only to replace the Teegul but also my Televue Gibraltar Sky Tour. I've grown tired of the elevation limitations of the Gibraltar with the long tubed TV-102, and was thinking that a mount capable of handling a very long OTA like my Antares 105/1500 or perhaps one of Richard Day's upcoming AR101/f15s would be nice.
The DSV-1 will replace the Teegul as my quick-look mount at home, and the DSV-3 will replace heavy, battery dependent EQ mounts for multi-day dark sky trips.
The DSV-1 will mostly carry smaller refractors and catadioptrics. The DSV-3 will carry larger refractors abd catadioptrics. I'm really looking forward to giving both mounts a thorough run-through, and will provide feedback on CN either in the form of a formal review or forum post, depending.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:51 PM
You asked: "Are you planning on using the AT-111 scope on the smaller mount?"
I am. I'll also use the TV-102, FS-78, SV80S, C90, C5 and C6 and some smaller aperture OTAs on the DSV-1.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:30 PM
I'm also considering the DSV-3 for a 120mm refractor and a 8" Cat
that mount should be great for an 8in. my dsv-1 is great for low mag but at high mag it starts getting shaky.
I was thinking about putting the dsv-1 on my gibraltar tripod cause I think those wooden legs are really good for vibration.
but I love the geared center column on my bogen tripod, it's the best for changing positions with refractors.
and if my son or wife want to view with me I throw the cheap 5in reflector on one side and the genesis on the other, no problem. [they get to sit and I'll stand.]
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:33 AM
Looking forward to some A-B comparison.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:51 AM
Out of interest, what tripod(s) will you be using with these mounts? My DSV-3 will come with 5/8-11 fitting to allow attachment to my Stellarvue surveyor's tripod, but mostly it will be used on a Meade LXD75 tripod with an adapter that Raul is making for me.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:27 AM
Just curious: were you unhappy with the Teegul?
Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:50 AM
Lead time on the DSV-1 is now 5-6 weeks. Get your orders in, folks!