Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
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
Small scope enthusiast. Large scope aficionado
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
Quote:I've even seen a C8 on one of those very compact UA mounts (see iceblaze's posts in the "post a picture of your CAT" thread - I think that it's on page 52 of that thread.
Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
"You would think that I am wiser after traveling around the Sun 62 times."
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Quote:The DSV-2 is currently in the lead for what I'm likely to purchase.
Quote: I have moved on to a DiscMount DM4 and have not looked back; soooooooo stable and easy to use. I still have the DesertSky DSV-M which is more akin to a DiskMount than to its larger siblings, and I enjoy it for travel with my TV85.
Quote:Look for a stable tripod with the mount you choose.
Quote:Hi ThomasI Own a Stellarvue m2 with losmandy saddle and extension column. I mounted it on an old Polaris aluminum tripod. I have a William optics 98mm flt refractor that weighs a bit and I was concerned about the weight distribution over the tripod. The M2 hangs the scope off the side. I added to the spreaders on the tripod legs making it lower and wider and filled the lower legs with sand (epoxy sealed). It is now solid as a rock. My concerns for you is that you are looking for an inexpensive tripod, but want to put more weight on it than is practical. Pushing the limit of the weight capability of the mount and tripod is asking for an expensive accident. The m2 is approaching $350-370 (with column) and you have to add a tripod. I actually bought a travel tripod from stellarvue to use with this mount. It arrived the other day (waited 8 months) and it is not acceptable for the upper rating of the tripod. I will stay with what I built. Look for a stable tripod with the mount you choose. You're not running motors here, but pushing your scope around and worse, tripping around in the dark. Don't forget the weight and size of diagonals and eyepieces and cameras also. You also, like I did, have the choice of adding the right tripod that is stable to some of these mounts. I also went to Neaf last year to search for a mount. You will find many choices and be able to make the best choice for you.
Quote:Okay, so if slow motion controls are a strict requirement (which seems quite reasonable to me, especially if viewing at 200-300x), then I'm back to...Desert Sky DSV-2, Explore Scientific Twilight,Astro-Tech Voyager, andOrion Versa GO III.Sounds like the DSV-2 is still in the lead, since it can handle two scopes!
Quote:You are absolutely right Turk. I remember reading someplace that the tripod weight should be at least 1/2 the weight of the OTA and mount combined. A skimpy lightweight tripod will ruin the setup. Of course a big heavy tripod is not convenient for grab and go... A UA Microstar or dwarf star on a Bogen Tripod would suit the needs of the OP fine in my opinion. Good luck and please post your decision
Quote: My SV70 has never been above 100X. The sweet thing about this scope is the wide FOV for big deep sky objects. Maybe that 6" can do it but I doubt the slow-mo capabilities of these mounts at 200-300x.
Quote:If high magnification is a big deal.. And since we are already talking about a big tripod and all... You might just want to buy the NEXTAR GoTo mount and tripod.. You will be able to mount either scope.. And track at high magnification. Apples and oranges IMHO. Sounds like you need both a lightweight grab and go setup, and also a heavier field mount with tracking capability.
Quote: I'd love to look at a DSV-1 or DSV-2 before then, but I don't know anyone in the Northeast who owns either
Quote:I'm planning on buying a small alt-az mount at NEAF this year for . It will typically be used with my little StellarVue SVR70ED (4.5 lbs plus diagonal, red dot finder, eyepiece, etc.), but might also be used with my AT6RC (12lbs plus diagonal, finder, eyepiece, etc.).
I'm considering the Astro-Tech Voyager, Versa Go III, Vixen Porta II Mount, and the Explore Scientific Twilight. They all retail for about $300, give or take $20.
Any suggestions one way or the other would be appreciated.