MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Frank C-11 XLT 8" f/6 Newt on GEM Tak FS-102II SV 80L Triplet APO EQ-6 Mount on pier in backyard observatory (EQMOD) CG-5 AS (GOTO) SBIG ST-5C CCD and Canon Rebel XSI SSAG Oberwerk 15X70s and Pentax 10X21s
Home-built Newt: 10" f/4.5 Royce conical primary, Skywatcher NEQ6 (Astrotroniks tuned) iEQ45, Duo-T, 8" f/4 Skywatcher Quattro CF 120 ED f/7.5 Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED Stellarvue
Quote:I would like to understand why most alt-az mounts do not have slow-motion controls. Is it because these mounts are generally only used at low magnification where nudging the telescope is not that much of an issue?
Quote:Bogen says this head has a special feature to allow instant un-clamping / re-positioning / re-clamping or something like that. Could you clarify what this is and how it works for our use?
Quote:Also, if the movement of the Alt-Az mount is smooth and you get used to the mount you probably don't need (although it would be nice to have) slowmo control.
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“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe