Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Celestron EdgeHD 8 + AVX | Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED APO + Vixen Porta II + Oberwerk Tall | Celestron NexStar 6SE Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX | Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD
Quote:I like the SkyWatcher AZ-4 a.k.a. the Orion Versago II...
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:Hello chaps,Many thanks for your replies.As the mount is also to be used for occasional terrestrial viewing I think I'm inclined to get a Manfrotto MVH502AH which is the replacement for the 501HDV and which this website:http://www.bigbinoculars.com/501.htmreckons is able to cope with 16 lbs.I already have a suitably robust tripod.Many thanks for your help.Graham
Skywatcher BD 180mm f/15 Mak Intes M703 180mm f/10 Mak ED102 f/7 refractor Vixen LVW42, 22,13,8,5 and Vixen LV50
Quote:Never really been a big fan of pan/tilt heads for astronomy use.
Quote:Jason,Many thanks for your reply.Quote:Never really been a big fan of pan/tilt heads for astronomy use. Have you used the Manfrotto 501HDV or 502AH heads?Manfrotto claim a tilt range of -80 to +90. The 502AH has a sprung counterbalance and according to amazon.co.uk, the counterbalance supports 8.8 lbs but the head will carry 12.2 lbs. bigbinoculars.com think it will carry 16 lbs which is possible as it is more robust than the 501HDV.The C5 weighs 6 lbs - well under the 8.8 lbs so I feel sure it will handle it with ease.Graham
Quote:The Unistar Light Basic is available here in the UK for about $400. The 502AH is about $230. The DSV-1, as recommended by Jim and Dan, which the manufacturer claims can handle an 8" SCT, interests me and is $288. I think this solution has a lot to recommend it.