"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
Nova Hitch alt-az mount
Quote:I have a NexStar 8 SE and had a TV 85 and the TV 85 is too long for the NexStar SE mount. Unless you are okay with not being able to come to zenith. And I mean seriously not coming to zenith. I had a TV TelePod Alt Az mount and it was nice enough. But knowing what I know at this point I would put a TV 85 on a Vixen Porta II ( Star Guy version with HAL 130 tripod preferred) for manual or on a iOptron Mini Tower pro if you want goto.
John H Visual astronomy on the Blue Ridge since 2004
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:Have you seen the Nova Hitch? There is a smaller version coming out with many of the same features(Mini Hitch II), also a simpler model too. Do a web search for Half Hitch Telescope mount
Quote:The NexStar 6/8 SE mount does not have a built in ability to set it up in EQ mode. ie, no tilting plate. Some of the smaller NexStar scopes do.
Quote:Huh- the last one I looked at did. I know they have a mini-wedge for it.-Rich
Quote:The beauty of the Porta II is it will perform well with your TV 85 and it is not expensive. No matter how serious you get with the hobby The Porta will fit in. Like my usage of my Porta with a PST. I would suggest that you go a low cost route like the Porta, get out under the stars and enjoy your TV 85. Who knows where using the 85 will lead you. So save the serious outlay of cash for when you really know where you want to go with this hobby.
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...
Quote:That Quarter Hitch on CN classifieds is a nice price.
--Dawg, the Russell "Akita mani yo." Observe everything as you walk. (--Lakota) Celestron Celestar 8 Standard SCT, f10 Celestron C80ED ref., f7.5 Celestron 80mm Wide View ref., f5 Orion 120ST ref., f5 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope, Newt., f8, (c. 1962) Sears Discoverer 60mm ref., f7, (c. 1973) Celestron Ultima DX 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme 10x50 Tasco 7x35 wide