Quote:I was in the market for a grab-'n-go alt-az mount so I paid a visit to my local astronomy store. I was comparing the Skytee, AZ4 and the Voyager when the store decided to throw in a wildcard.: a no-name, made in China Voyager-type mount.
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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:Jup, that's definitely the one, except it was a mere $280 while the Voyager can cost up to $500 over here. By comparison the Voyager moves a bit smoother but its tripod is a lot shakier.
More Telescopes than I deserve...
Quote:I do have concern with the center of gravity of the OTA hanging away from the center of the tripod when using a long refractor on my Voyager altaz mount and so I always put some weight on the accessory tray for better balancing.
Quote:The tripod extends from 63cm / 24.8" to 104 cm / 40.9" (floor to baseplate) so it's a little short for use standing up but plenty high when seated