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#1 mrelliot

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

Are there any decent go-to mounts under 900? Or is it better to spend the extra for a heavier duty mount?
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#2 rmollise

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

What do you mean by "decent"?

For me (in the U.S.), that would be the Celestron VX...

#3 mrelliot

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:56 PM

I guess by decent I mean, good quality.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

You need to give the folks here some more information about what you want to do with it for them to help you. The Vixen Polarie is good enough to blow you away at less than $400 but its no good for visual use as it is made for DSLRs with lenses. The more info gou give on expected use the more these fine folks here can help you.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:41 PM

You need to give the folks here some more information about what you want to do with it for them to help you. The Vixen Polarie is good enough to blow you away at less than $400 but its no good for visual use as it is made for DSLRs with lenses. The more info gou give on expected use the more these fine folks here can help you.


Sorry, I never thought of that, I was looking for something simple for visual use.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

What are your goals? If visual, then you are in one place. If serious astrophotography you are in another place. Best to examine your goals and to a bit of research on various mounts, paying particular attention to load capacity, periodic error and pointing accuracy. Example: If you are interested in astrophotography then you should not overload the mount: my Losmandy G11 has an instrument capacity of around 60 lbs, but for AP I try not to exceed 35 lbs, but if I was visual only I could probably go all the way to 60 lbs.

Quality mount, medium capacity? Losmandy G11 and AP Mach1.

Under $900? I might look for a used Losmandy G8.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:16 PM

Celestron AVX & CG5, the iOptron ZEQ25 and Orion's SkyView Pro are all under $900.00 new.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:32 PM

Hi Mrelliot, Could you push it to a $1,000?
If so take a look at Meades new LX80. Holds 40lbs
Or Ioptron mini tower. I think Meades LX80 is the better
deal. De Lorme

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:04 PM

The Celestron AVX has updated electronics and is a good mount in your price range. The LX80 not so much so as it has a reputation of being problematic. Used CGEMs and Atlas' are found in your price range sometimes.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

Under $900? I might look for a used Losmandy G8.

Ed


And you might find one for that with Gemini, but I ain't too sure about that... ;)

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:25 PM

I think Meades LX80 is the better
deal. De Lorme


It's not. Not by a long shot. Alas. :bawling:

#12 mrelliot

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:50 PM

Thanks for all the input.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:23 AM

Any thoughts about the iOptron smart EQ pro?

#14 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:18 AM

Are there any decent go-to mounts under 900? Or is it better to spend the extra for a heavier duty mount?
Thanks
Mrelliot


I think there are "decent" GOTO mounts under $900 but it does depend on intended scope and the intended usage. What are planning to mount on it and what are your hopes for it, visual, A-P?

Jon

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:38 AM

I second that. LX80 has not had a good reputation. I would never buy one. I would really look into the Ioptron ZEQ25. This new mount has had good reviews and a lot of potential with very low periodic error.






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