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A queston for Orion versago II mount owners

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#1 Alfonso


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 04:47 PM

I own an Orion versago II mount and have had two scopes on it: a Stellarvue 80mm f9 and an ES AR102. The mount can well handle the weight of either of these telescopes. The mount moves smoothly horizontally and vertically fine. However, when stargazing, while looking thru the eyepiece and I move the handle down, moving the front of the telescope up and then stop, the mount drops a fraction of an inch. From looking at the mount while doing this it doesn't seem to be noticed but only when actively stargazing does it appear obvious. I will be tracking something in the sky and slowly move horizontally and the mount moves smoothly, no trouble. When I move the front end of the scope up, up it goes but when I stop the front drops a very small fraction of an inch. This makes stargazing with this mount uncomfortable. I would very much prefer it had slo mo controls as the ES twilight I and other mounts do. Can any of you versago II mount owners please tell me if this happens to you and what I can do to fix it? Perhaps it's the distribution of the weight of the scope on the mount. . . I have tried to make sure it's even. Any advice or comments I would very much welcome and appreciate.
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#2 Locoman


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 05:21 PM

I have the same mount and I haven't used it with a longer tube scope in a few months but I know what you are describing. I used the mount with my C6 SCT the other night and I really can't remember it doing it. I guess it hasn't really bothered me that much but I will test it out when I get a chance. The only thing I could suggest now is to tighten down the Altitude adjustment knob.

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 12:20 PM

I just purchased this mount. I noticed that I need to tighten the Alt friction to avoid it do this. I think it happens due to the heavy handle which is not in the same plane as the scope. So even if the scope is balanced the weight of handle brings it down slightly. This is not an issue without the handle and scope balanced correctly. 

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