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#1 Classic8

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:37 AM

Hi - I have a cheap little mount I use for my Lunt 60DS, but I was looking to get one that tracks. But can you align an equatorial (or GOTO) telescope during the day, good enough that it tracks the sun reasonably well? If so, what mount do you use? Any insight you all can provide will be greatly appreciated. I was hoping for something light, a grab and go mounts. Thanks! :jump:

#2 raylal

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

The Skywatcher HEQ 5 Pro works fine for me, excellent tracking, can support both Lunt 60 and Lunt 102 side by side.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

I'm using a CGEM. Get it pointed roughly north with the correct latitude set and it tracks fairly well. Usually able to put the sun very close to the center of my Sol Searcher on the first slew. Just do a solar system align on the sun. Works great.

#4 MG877

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

I usually use an LXD 75 for my Solarmax 60 , it is a bit lighter than my HEQ5 Pro . I just aim the mount north using a compass then I skip the alignment process and manually position it to the sun .As long as the mount is level it will track well .

#5 Classic8

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:28 AM

Ok, thanks everyone. So it sounds like it would be worth it to give it a try. I was thinking of trying the Ioptron SmartEQ since it's light but looks like the capacity would still be sufficient for the Lunt60.

#6 Bill Cowles

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

Most of the Lunt 60's in our club use the Celestron CG-5. It's strong enough to drive a "Quad" stacked 60. :smirk:

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:11 PM

I use a iOptron Cube mount for my both the Lunt OTA's I have (35 and 60mm). Turn the mount on, set it to track the sun, align the head with the Sol searcher and its good for hours.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:54 PM

I use a Meade DS-2000 with my PST.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:33 PM

Classic8,
I haven't gotten mine yet, being shipped TODAY! :jump: but I'll be mounting it on my HGM-200, in between a C6R & 10"f4SNT.

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#10 rigel123

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

Atlas EQ-G...kind of portable but rock solid in a breeze!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:47 PM

I use the iOptron SmartEQ for my PST. No issues at all. I just point to north with a compass, estimate my local deviation, and turn it on. Slew to the sun, sync target, and no further fuss. Can be setup up and viewing in a couple minutes. I have no doubt it will handle the Lunt 60 with ease.

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#12 frolinmod

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:55 PM

I've just last week started to use the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 GT for solar. I like the way an alt-azimuth mount keeps the eyepiece at about the same level no matter where in the sky it's pointing. This makes viewing more comfortable.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

I use my EQ5 with Synscan - does the job fine.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

Here's a nice pic of the AZ-EQ6 being used for solar outreach:

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#15 geminijk

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:07 PM

That's an awesome solar outreach setup frilinmod!

I'm still looking into either a mini tower , lx80, or twilight II myself.

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#16 Digital Don

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:53 AM

Here's what works for me. Lightweight and simple to set up! In the field I power it with a 'jumpstart' battery.

Don:usa:

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#17 REC

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:10 AM

Here is my little table top that I borrowed from my 80mm Comet Catcher refractor that I have had for 25 yrs. Works great and easy grab n go.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:37 AM

EQ5 - overkill maybe but it tracks.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Frolinmod

Very impressive setup. I would like both my solar scopes installed like this...

Andre.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:54 PM

My mount is a SW EQ3-2 atop a fourteen foot pier to get a view over the surrounding greenery in winter . . . :lol:

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#21 Doc Willie

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:14 PM

I acquired an iOptron mini-mount, which can hold two scopes:

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