Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Celestron 150 XLT ReflectorCelestron C6-n Reflector102GT-SLTXt6Vixen StarGuy
Quote:Here is the ST120 on my StarGuy. I don't have the ST120 anymore (sometimes regret selling it) but it was very stable on the StarGuy. I would think the regular Porta ll would handle the ST120 but maybe someone else can chime in on it because I'm sure someone has tried it. The StarGuy is not a light mount to carry around. I have the Orion VersaGo ll with the aluminum tripod and it feels a lot lighter than the StarGuy. The Porta ll would be easier to travel with. I really like the StarGuy a lot. The Hal 130 tripod is heavy duty and the mount head screws off easily. I've used my SLT mount, and my VersaGo mount on the StarGuy tripod with great results.
Quote:Tim,You've listed ES Twilight I - in which case I'd really avoid it; there's a thread a while back about the cast metal arm fracturing, and using one in a store setup, I found the movement and controls rougher than the Portamount. Another option would be to get Porta Mount head alone, and get a tall Oberwerk tripod (~65" height to tripod top) in their blemish section ($125+shipping) - I think you'll be quite pleased. You should then contact Manny Miles over here at CN and get him to make a panhandle and eyepiece tray (customize how may 2" holes you'd like) for the mount! I have a ED103SWT on this setup, and it's about as comfortable as I'd like it to be - the main issue being the long moment arm of the OTA. The shorter ST120 should be a breeze on it. The only thing to watch out for is that the tripod comes with a 3/8" stud, and iirc Porta II is M10 ...