Quote: The astro would *not* be for long exposures.
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Quote: Quote: The astro would *not* be for long exposures. I assume by this you mean you don't plan on a tracking mount. There are a number of choices out there for alt/az mounts that would meet those requirements. Astronomy oriented mounts might include these:AT Voyager Mount Orion Skyview Pro AZ Mount Orion Versa Go Mount If you go the more traditional photo gear route this tripod/head combo could work well: Bogen 475B Tripod with Bogen 501 HDV Head. I have this setup and it's wonderfully versatile. I would throw one caveat into the mix. Any physically short, but long focal length instrument like your 5" Mak is going to be somewhat challanged on any alt/az mount particularly for astronomy where you're using both axes simultaneously. For terrestrial, there's not much up and down movement, but astronomy is all about looking up.Patrick
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Quote:It so happens that I have the 501HDV head, but I've been using it on a Manfrotto 055XB, which is not a heavy duty tripod. I'm very interested in the Bogen that you mentioned. Do you think that it would be able to handle the mak and a C80ED on occasion (not at the same time), attached to a DSLR? I'm also open to something like the AZ mounts you've listed, but I don't believe they would be as portable as the option above, without folding tripod legs? I would love to do more nature photography with the small telescopes as telephotos, but have to keep the kit as light as possible to get to where the action is.
Quote: Hey Patrick...not to hijack the thread, but I haven't seen your smiling avatar for a while. Everything ok?
Quote: Do you think that it would be able to handle the mak and a C80ED on occasion (not at the same time), attached to a DSLR?