Bray Tablet Twin Arm Alt-Azimuth Mount
Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:28 PM
I've been looking for a really sturdy alt-azimuth mount to cope with a 35lb 6 foot long refractor optical tube.
The Bray seems to have a fearsome reputation for load carrying when mated with the right tripod - does this extend to long tubed scopes ?
Alternatives I've had suggested are the T-Rex mount and the APM AzMaxLoad mount. I have the possibility to buy a pre-owned Bray Tablet Twin Arm which should cost somewhat less than the other two I mention but the saving will be a false one of course if the Bray can't tame the tube length to a reasonable degree at least.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:16 PM
While I like the alt-az mount, the scope is going into my observatory on a driven Fullerscope MK1V equatorial.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:46 PM
I don't have any experience with a long refractor like yours, but I was quite happy with the way the Bray mount handled a C14 I once owned. It has also handled well my 6" f/8 refractor and 15kg Mak Cass, mounted at the same time. As you already suspect, the 35lb weight of your scope wouldn't trouble the Tablet, but I can't speak to how well it would cope with the length. I expect there is some correlation between weight capacity and OTA length capacity, though.
I also installed digital setting circles on my Tablet, if you're interested in having that capability.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:11 PM