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#1 R L Harris

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:12 PM

I am a bit surprised at the loss of the old heavy mounts
of the old days with thier more trust wothy clock drives
that didn't breake down 2nd night out or had some cogging
issue or some other problem or cost you arm and leg!
:foreheadslap: It is making me wonder if ever find decent rig i can reasonably buy with out problems - :roflmao:

#2 RogerRZ

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

I had one of those (a Cave with 1.5" shafts). It weighed and wobbled twice as much as my EQ6 does It also cost twice as much, when adjusted for inflation. Like cars, they don't make them like they used to, and in my opinion, that's a good thing. Knock on wood, but I've had my EQ6 for 6 years now, without any problems whatsoever...

Up until not too long ago, you could buy a Parks mount very similar to the Cave I mentioned, for $2500. On/off switch, and that's pretty much it. You might find one on the used market, but as far as I know, they're quite scarce...

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

A non-GoTo Losmandy G11 is probably the closest you can get to those old "plug it in and go" mounts..

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

Well, the Orion SVP may not fit your requirement of heavy duty, but mine is rock solid with almost 20lbs on it and they sell it with an 8 inch newt.
I have the optional trakers on it.

Oh, check out Vixen they still have some old school stuff, but if
you are looking for those old Meade piers I think you will have to buy used.

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#5 R L Harris

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

I am constantly watching and waiting every time new products
come out looking for a new setup unfourtunatley I am old diehard newtonian person!LOL

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

there must be some old parks superior/observatory class mounts still alive and kicking about.....

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

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#8 Mike E.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:22 PM

Nice find Shane. :D

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

Something like this?

Custom machined in the 1980's and bought used via the classifieds here on CN.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

Ya want cheap ya get cheap...
Everything has been forced to go overseas..
There are good mounts out there, count for inflation they cost no more than the mounts in the 60-80's.
Think in todays money, a $800.00 in 1960!! a Cave 8"

#11 George N

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:39 PM

I had a Byres 58 for about 10 years that was a great GEM for up to a C-11. I got sick of reading the mechanical setting circles, so I bought a non-GoTo Mountain Instruments MI-250 that has proven to be a great mount. Alas, if it ever breaks I won't be able to get major repair parts.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

I've got one of those scare Parks superior mounts. :)

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:20 AM

I am a bit surprised at the loss of the old heavy mounts
of the old days with thier more trust wothy clock drives
that didn't breake down 2nd night out or had some cogging
issue or some other problem or cost you arm and leg!
:foreheadslap: It is making me wonder if ever find decent rig i can reasonably buy with out problems - :roflmao:


Unfortunately the marketplace has spoken, and because the majority want their computerized go-to mounts, that is what is being offered, almost without exception. Personally, I'd rather have a mount made from crude plumbing components that anything currently on offer; I like to be able to fix things myself, and what's more, not have to worry that an electronic glitch will spell an early end to a night's observing... the less to go wrong, the better.

Btw, you're welcome to come on over to the Classic Telescopes forum here on CN; there's a thread devoted strictly to Ebay and Craigslist-type finds of older scopes and mounts; something suitable might turn up there before too long.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:31 AM

I don't think *everyone* wants a goto mount, and the old mounts can be easily updated with encoders and a a Nexus/iPod/SkySafari (or equivalent) connection for pushto.

Certainly there may be a fashion thing going on. Some folk may prefer molded plastic fittings rather than machined aluminum. :looney:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:27 AM

I don't think *everyone* wants a goto mount, and the old mounts can be easily updated with encoders and a a Nexus/iPod/SkySafari (or equivalent) connection for pushto.

Certainly there may be a fashion thing going on. Some folk may prefer molded plastic fittings rather than machined aluminum. :looney:


Haven't you seen or handled any Astro-Physics mounts? They use no plastic nor are they bettered by a pipe mount. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:16 PM

I went for an old Fullerscopes MK 1V Equatorial mount for my 6 inch f/15 refractor.
Simple, basic mount, that handles my big scope superbly well.

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