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Quote:After my rather disappointing Orion SkyView AZ mount and the dreadful SV MG mount, I'm still looking for a good AZ mount. The Desert Sky single head model looks to be well made as does the dual headed version. I've spoken to Raul and he pretty much told me what he manufactures would meet my criteria except with his mount, proper balance needs to be maintained. He did feel that with his mounts there is enough tension to lock them down so I could change out an eyepiece without the scope pitching forward which was the case with the Orion. I never had a chance to test the SV MG mount since it arrived in an unworkable condition forcing me to return it for a refund.So if anyone uses the Desert Sky, I'd appreciate some views on it. Maybe some pictures.Thanks
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Quote:I owned the Desert Sky at one time. It was well made, but you did have to lock it down every time you changed an EP. If you don't mind following that routine, then it should work very nicely for you. Cosmetically, you will have no complaints about the mount.
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Quote:Any mount lacking slow motion controls that works on the theory of always maintaining proper balance, will need the ability to be locked down while changing out an eyepiece. Then unlocked and rebalanced.