Quote:If I were to build the perfect mount it would be:DM6 head, 8" DM6 tilt plate, 9" slotted dovetail II, 18" handle (strait or angled), DM6 8" tripod ext., tripod tray, Sky Commander/Encoder Kit, DM6 Ash wood tripod / Red Mahogany finish, DM6 to G11 tripod adapter and the Losmandy G11 H/D tripodTwo sets of legs, one for grab and go and one for stability. Dereck
Quote:I have been looking at Alt/Az mounts for a while now. I have probably researched over a dozen. Currently I have come to think of the Half Hitch (and it baby brother Quarter Hitch) and the DM 4&6 as the quality, mid weight standouts.What are your favorites. Can they comfortably hold 25 lbs of scope and accessories? Are they stable? Easy to use? Easy to transport (grab and go)? Do you need or like to use computer aids? Hopefully this discussion, and in particular, your contributions will help me find the perfect A/A mount for my Tak TSA 102. (Got notice from Tak it will be shipped next week!)
A-P 130GT 8" EDGE HD AVX AP Wood Tripod
will handle 2 scopes up to 40 lbs easily.
Quote: My mount from Charles was supposed to be here last week. He had a sale that ended 31 Jan, so I guess he got real busy.
Quote:Tim: My mount from Charles was supposed to be here last week. He had a sale that ended 31 Jan, so I guess he got real busy. Is the reason you would not purchase the QH the lack of DSC?
Nova Hitch alt-az mount
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
Quote:I recently purchased a Gitzo 5541LS and it handles my SV115T onmy DM4 mount without any problems. I don't notice any differencein stability with the Gitzo 5541LS verses the standard DM4 ash tripod.The 5541LS is tall enough that I can leave of the DM4 8 inch extension for when I am concerned about traveling with the extra weight and space of the 8 inch extension. I think Gitzo 55XX series tripod with a DM4 or Half-Hitch mount makes the perfect travel mount.Jeff
Quote:Tim,To answer your question, there is very little mechanical difference between the Half Hitch and the Quarter Hitch. Both mounts have the same overall dimensions, same size shafts and bearings, and mostly the same structure. Both mounts have exactly the same slow-motion controls, saddle assembly, etc. The Half Hitch has two more stiffening elements, but this difference is really only noticeable for 115 mm and larger refractors.The big cost savings comes from deleting everything related to the DSC installation and from making some of the features that are standard on the Half Hitch into options on the Quarter Hitch.In many ways, the Quarter Hitch is a more pure grab 'n go mount developed from customer feedback.Charles