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#1 Wilsonman

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

I would appreciate it if some folks could give me their recommendation as to which equatorial mount would be best for an 18-22 lb. refractor. I don't want to spend more than $900 and the scope would likely be used for visual only. I haven't been on the Mounts Forum lately so I haven't kept up with the latest buzz. I have some experience with the LXD75, but I wasn't fully satisfied with how long it took to get it ready. I am curious about the Celestron VX and the iOptron ZEQ25, perhaps the Meade LX80 or any others folks are familiar with in that range. :question:

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:40 PM

Both the VX and ZEQ25 are getting good reports. I think either would work well for visual.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:36 PM

+1 for the VX! Great mount!

#4 Wilsonman

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:51 PM

I was leaning toward the VX as my most likely choice. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of detailed reviews of the latest mid-priced mounts, but I appreciate the input by folks who know something of these units- thanks, guys!

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:08 PM

I am fairly new to the GEM, and I am certainly not a pro when it comes to providing advice on where to spend your money from that perspective.

I am an owner of the VX and I absolutely love it! If you have not already, read the jumbo thread on this forum about it. A lot of really sage folks discuss the mount in that thread. It was one of the reasons why I ended up buying it and I have not regretted that decision one iota.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:37 PM

VX!!! Outstanding mount for the money. The only complaint I have is that my SkyQ accessory doesn't work with it yet despite information they had fixed it.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:46 AM

If you don't need GoTo, a used Losmandy GM 8 is the way to go in my book. You'll want to put it on sturdier tripod though.

That said--for the size scope you're talking, a GM 8 (or a VX) will be on the edge of acceptability for rigidity. It's not so much the weight as the moment arm. My 130mm f/6 works OK on the GM 8 for visual, but a 140mm f/7 absolutely did not--it needed the G-11. So I'm guessing a 130mm f/7 would be pushing it. At your stated price point you might want to consider a used Atlas.

Just 2c, and I don't even know that it's mine any more :p

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:23 AM

This all depends on your refractor. Long tube? APO short tube? Its hard to say without knowing the parameters of the scope. Just looking at the weight you mention I am thinking you might have to invest more than $900 or be satisfied with a smaller scope.

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