Quote:Aren't you asking exactly this question on the Refractors forum? And getting lots of good suggestions.
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G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:I am asking here in the mounts section because no one has yet provided a satisfactory answer for a LOW COST mount that can be purchased today from a retailer. The earlier answers of buy a dob or build a homemade mount while appreciated are not the info I am looking for.
Hopefully someone will offer a source since many buyers are looking for one just like I am.
Quote:What mount would you recommend for this telescope with LOW PRICE being the NUMBER ONE overwhelming factor to consider?
Quote:This has all been covered over in the refractors forum: http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/6025227/page...
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Quote:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KM82LI/ref=s9_dcbhrz_bw_d0_g421_ir01_sh$59, free shipping.
Celestron Ultima 8 (1991) with a white tube (sold by Vixen)
Orion Express 80 on a CG-4
Fujinon 7 X 50 Binoculars
Williams Optics 8-24 mm Zoom(type 1)
Orion Ultrascopic 5 mm
University Optics 6,7 mm
Explore Scientific 80 deg 6.8mm,8.8 mm, 11 mm, 18 mm Meade UWA: 24 mm
Meade SWA: 40 mm Orion Shorty II Plus Barlow
Zhumel Planetary 18mm 1.25"
Quote:There is a VIXEN Portamount II for sale for $175.00 in the classifieds that is interesting. I would look at this seriously!
Scopes: Meade LX90UHTC, NexStar 6SE, LinOptics 6" F5 newtonian, Nexstar 102GT, ST80 Mounts: Vixen Starguy Eyepieces: Scopetronix MaxView 40, Celestron Ultima 30mm, Orion Highlight Plossl 26mm, UO Ortho 12.5mm,7mm, UO Klee 2.8x barlow, Celestron Ultima 2x, TV Powermate 5x, Meade LPI
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Quote:First off I've been there having to economize. What people in the hobby often forget is that beginners don't just have "stuff sitting around" to make a scope work. Perhaps she purchased the wrong scope? Yes the 102GT OTA is a steal, but was it right for her? Maybe an astroscan, and ETX90, or a Galileoscope would have been a better deal? Despite the being a good deal on the OTA what are you going to spend? OTA $69.00Diagonal: Around $75.00Finder: $25.00Mount $125.00Eyepieces (2): $50.00 each or $100.00Case (A piece of PVC pipe with padding might work) $20.00I get a total for $414.00 to get the scope ready. Essentially this OTA combo has turned into "buy the accessories get the OTA for free"! So I can't fault her for trying to save a couple of bucks on the mount. If I was her I would look for a good used CG-4. I purchased mine for $125.00. New I believe they are $375.00. They are around, although I don't see any for sale right now, and would make a good match for the 102 GT. There is a VIXEN Portamount II for sale for $175.00 in the classifieds that is interesting. I would look at this seriously! The $69.00 tripod deal mentioned would work but wouldn't be optimal.
Quote:Please provide us with what you are willing to spend.I'm sorry, but until you do I will assume you are an internet troll.You keep repeating the same thing and won't give us any feedback. Yes this assumption is harsh, but it needs to be said (IMO).Well, I guess I don't really think you're a troll, but you are acting like one.
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Quote:Again thanks everyone for helping me.I asked a simple question for a LOW COST mount for a LOW COST telescope...the same question many have since buying the Celestron scope.FWIW...asking a simple question is not being a troll.Reviewing some of the answers I got from those who feel the need to act like trolls, it would seem that Cloudy Nights is not the kid friendly place it advertises to be. My Dad warned me that asking about a low cost mount in a hobby that spends thousands of dollars for a mount would be a problem.If kids can't afford equipment, how can this neat hobby of the stars continue?