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#1 stevew

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

As a late Christmas present I purchased an Explore Scientific Twilight 1, which I believe is the exact same mount as the Orion Versa Go III.
I was looking for a small mount for my C5 and Antares 105 F-6.
The mount was $299 shipped from Explore Scientific.
I'm very happy with the mount, as it has a few nice touches, such as spring loaded clutch leavers that you can reposition simply by pulling them up, moving them out of the way and dropping them back in place with out loosening the tension on the clutch.
The slow motion controls are smooth, and the single fork arm is able to be moved from 90 degrees to about 30 degrees by removing two screws and re-positioning the mount arm.
The 1-1/2 inch stainless steel legs are a nice improvement over the typical stamped aluminum legs found on other mounts, although it would have been nice if they were a little taller. Still I find it usable from a standing position.
I'm very happy with it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small Alt Az mount.

Steve

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#2 stevew

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

One more shot, sorry for the cell phone pictures.

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#3 Gary Riley

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:19 AM

Nice looking setup Steve! How is it on vibrations?

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#4 stevew

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:02 AM

With the little stubby C5 the vibrations are next to nothing.
Even around 100X the vibrations stopped after about 1 second when I gave the tripod leg a good slap. When using the smooth SCT focuser there was no vibration at all. I have yet to try it with my 4 inch F-6 achromat, but I suspect the vibrations would be longer due to the longer tube.

Steve






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