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#1 mogur

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:16 PM

Hey, all. Is there an on-line or otherwise outlet that sells just mount heads? Tripods I have a-plenty. I'm looking for a source that sells just the Alt/Az mount heads. Preferably with the standard 3/8 x 16 threads to attach to a tripod. Must have slo-mo controls for both axis.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

Desert Sky Astro has Alt Az mounts with slow motion controls. See my post below on their DSV-3 mount. They have other models also.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Opt sells the Vixen Portamount II heads without the tripod for $200.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

Stellarvue has a nice one, and canadian telescopes co. has a slightly different version that I have and its really convertable. You can take one of the knobs off each axis and attach the flexi slow mo cables.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

I think most of them can be bought without the tripod.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

I guess I should have specified that I'm looking for SMALL mounts. Something that would fit on a Manfrotto tripod.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:55 PM

How about a AYOtraveler from AOK Swiss?

http://www.aokswiss....yotraveler.html

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:36 AM

Mogul,
I highly recommend Universal astronomics
http://www.universalastronomics.com/
They have several types of Alt-as mount heads for sale.
Moreover, their level of service and honesty is incredible.
Their owner Larry communicated with me by e-mail and patiently answered all my questions untill I ended having a solution tailored exactly to my needs. He even advised me against buying unnecessary stuff and was not interested in just making a profit. He truly labored until I had something that truly fitted my needs.
Give them a shot.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Check out the DSV-M, DSV-1 or DSV-2 at http://www.desertskyastro.com. I have the DSV-1 and can attest to the fact that these are very high quality, well made mounts with buttery smooth motion.

They can be purchased with a 5/8" thread for contractor's tripod, or 3/8" for photo tripod. Or you can get the 5/8" threaded mount and for $25, an adapter for 3/8" use so you can use it on either.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

I have my eye on a Stellarview M2 - Threaded with 3/8-16 hole, only weights 4 pounds, ans states it will carry up to 20 pounds. It is reasonably priced too. Here is the link:

Stellarview M2

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

Mogul,
I just now saw that you wanted slo-mo on the mount.
Thr UA mounts don' have them.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

As far as I know, the SV M2 mount doesn't have slo-mo controls either.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

How about a AYOtraveler from AOK Swiss?

http://www.aokswiss....yotraveler.html

regards
Chris


Wow! This looks like exactly what I'm after. Wish I could read Swiss. :(

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:52 AM

Mogur,
Aok make very nicely engineerd products.
Just note that the AOK traveller carrying capacity is limited to 6 kilograms.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Discmount heads can be purchased separately.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

Chucky,
Discmount heads are Fantastic - but the OP specifically said he wants Slo-Mo- controls while the discmounts are strictly push-to (nudge to).
I agree with you that they are exquisite mounts !

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

<< but the OP specifically said he wants Slo-Mo- controls while the discmounts are strictly push-to >>

Oops. I obviously can't read, and/or need to get a more recent eye exam!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Chucky,
No damage done :roflmao:
I made the same mistake by recommending UA mounts and then I saw that Slo-Mo was a requirement.
BTW - I have a DM4 and a DM6 and I love them both, They are very convenient and I dont find I need SLO-MO with them at all.
With the encoders and a sky commander they are killer combo's for Grab'n Go.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

<< I have a DM4 and a DM6 and I love them both, They are very convenient and I dont find I need SLO-MO with them at all.
With the encoders and a sky commander they are killer combo's for Grab'n Go. >>

Totally concur. I just added an Ipad Mini to the mix, so things for me get even better with my DM-4!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

I had a DesertSky DSV-2 with slo-mo controls. Then I got a DiscMount DM4 and sold the DSV-2 with no regrets. I found the DSV-2 to be very shakey at 200+ powers, shaking violently (in the eyepiece) when using slo-mo controls or when focusing. With the DiscMount I can track by hand easily at 200+ powers with very little shake or backlash. Raul's new DSV-3 might improve on stability, though I now see little point for slo-mo controls. The simplicity of the DiskMount is sublime.

My $0.02, Keith

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:22 AM

Chunky,
How do you interface the mini iPAD with your DM4 ??
What software are you using ?
Thanks

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

Keith,
I tried the easy touch, the giro III and others. The discmounts beats them all. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for and it is very stable and operation is simplicity incarnate.
When you observe, the mount vanishes as its so easy to operate, and its you and the object with nothing to interfere between you.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:30 AM

Keith,
I tried the easy touch, the giro III and others. The discmounts beats them all. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for and it is very stable and operation is simplicity incarnate.
When you observe, the mount vanishes as its so easy to operate, and its you and the object

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:38 AM

<< How do you interface the mini iPAD with your DM4 ??
What software are you using? >>

Sky Safari, Sky Commander, SkyFi. I velcro the Mini to the Sky Commander holder that was provided by Discmount when I purchased my mount.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:01 AM

How about a AYOtraveler from AOK Swiss?

http://www.aokswiss....yotraveler.html

regards
Chris


Wow! This looks like exactly what I'm after. Wish I could read Swiss. :(


I got one of these for my Solarmax 60 :). Nice and light weight but no slow mo

http://stargazerslou...ss-ayotraveler/






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