15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
I've got an opportunity to buy a TV Gibraltar mount and tripod (ash legs) which will go with the TV NP-101 I'll soon be buying. The seller says it's an older version that is not drilled for the eyepiece caddy. Is there anything I should be worried about when getting an older version? Are they made as well as the current version? Bearings all the same, mechanical strength, etc? If I choose to add skytour DSC's, can the older versions accept that? I have no problem taking a drill and making holes for the caddies - I already have a telepod for my TV76, which has the eyepiece caddies, and they are very useful, so I'd definitely want them on the Gilbraltar.
Thanks for your insight!
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Quote:Yep, the azimuth motion was fantastic on the one I had a couple of years ago.
On the other hand, everything Eddgie said about the vertical times 100. Without a doubt, the most frustrating mount I've ever used.
I had a TV102 on it by the way - too long, too heavy. The tension on the vertical axis simply wasn't capable of handling it.
CPC 9.25 TV 76, 102, NP 101 Unitron 114 Gibraltar mount Half Hitch Mk III SolarMax 90 .7A/B15 Coronado PST Eyepieces from the sublime to the ridiculous