Your thoughts on a Light Mount for a Lunt 80 ?
Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:44 PM
I am now in the hunt for a Grab and Go lightweight EQ mount with full GoTo, or one axis tracking. I have yet to see that discussion here or have missed it. Convenience, weight and price are my main criteria for dedicated solar visual. I would appreciate any of your thoughts or experiences with any currently available mounts in the 400-800 hundred dollar range.
Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:28 PM
I have a Celestron Advanced VX that I wouldn't quote consider grab and go, but I lug it to solar outreach once a month. It's 799 if i'm not mistaken. I put the mount head and counterweight in a pelican 1600 case with some hard foam. It takes me 2 trips from the car unless I bring my little cart. It's a nice mount but takes me maybe 20 minutes to setup, so not as quick as my porta II, but much less baby sitting.
Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:11 AM
Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:28 AM
I have just recently been converted to the virtues of Celestron Mounts.After the all star polar alignment process (first attempt}they absolutely point with great accuracy and consequently get out of the way. However, mine is the heaviest one..... I purchased another mid payload mount alternative recently for dark sky excursions so 'methinks' the AVX is too redundant with my new mount; maybe I can get away with something lighter.... I was seriously looking at Orion, the smaller I-Optron or Vixen Mounts. The SE mount you suggest could possibly work for me.
John, can you just point it to the Sun and start tracking?
Is it's alt-az tracking movement fairly stable? I think my set up is 8-9 lbs. I will have a serious look at this, thanks.
Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:17 AM