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Posted 25 May 2013 - 08:06 AM

Hi, I looking at putting my C80ED on a inexpensive Goto mount. Currently using it on a EQ2 and although it works well for a grab n go, I still have problems finding dimmer DSO's in my Red zone. I thought I would try in on a Meade 2000 or maybe the Celestron SLT. I think both of them do a basic 2 star alignment. The Meade can be used as a manual AZ mount for just point n go.

Anyone using a similar scope and mount out there and how do you like it?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:15 AM

I used my Orion 80ED refractor on a Celestron SLT mount for a number of years. It worked great ... very easy to setup and align ... with very accurate GOTO's. One of the features I really like is the "Quick Align" mode. Just level the OTA, point it North and the it's ready to go ... very convenient for solar observing.

After I sold the 80ED, I put a 70mm. refractor on it for a quick grab-n go solar scope (white light and H-alpha). I also replaced the flimsy aluminum tripod with a heavy duty surveyor's tripod and made up a simple wooden wedge.

Overall, I've found the SLT mount to be very easy to use, reliable, accurate, light weight and a great way to put together an inexpensive grab-n-go system.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:31 AM

Interesting set-up! Why the wedge if no AP is being done? Looks pretty good solution though.

Thanks for the pic!

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:09 PM

The SLT mount does have an Equatorial mode and I was curious to see how well it worked. It does seem to have better GOTO accuracy and better tracking near the zenith ... however, I usually find it easier to just use the mount in the Alt-Az mode on the original tripod.






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