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Domerman
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Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new
      #3166812 - 06/16/09 11:17 PM

I have an AT66ED and I am looking for a small, cheap, and effective non-powered mount for the little scope. It must be travel friendly and around 100 bucks. Camera mounts are possible if they can handle the scope. Buying used is definitely an option and likely the most viable option for me. Any recommendations?

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JadeSmith
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: Domerman]
      #3166835 - 06/16/09 11:30 PM

I've seen used Stellarvue M1's for $100ish...

There seems to be a steady supply of used camera tripods on Craig's List. Most appear to have terrible resale value too, so lots of cheap options...

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Domerman
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: JadeSmith]
      #3170095 - 06/18/09 05:07 PM

Not too many opinions on this I see.

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My Astro-Photo Blog: http://absurduniverse.blogspot.com/

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ETX90EC


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Ron B
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: JadeSmith]
      #3170462 - 06/18/09 08:50 PM

Quote:

I've seen used Stellarvue M1's for $100ish...





The Stellarvue M1 is very compact and would be great on a photo tripod.

Universal Astronomics has the MicroStar or UniStar Light which is 2 lbs. I haven't had any experience with this mount; but I've seen them come up used on Astro Mart as well.

Ron

Edited by Ron B (06/18/09 08:53 PM)


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Jeff in Austin
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: Ron B]
      #3170510 - 06/18/09 09:21 PM

How would the Stellarvue M1 compare with a Bogen fluid head?

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muni
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: Ron B]
      #3170520 - 06/18/09 09:42 PM

I have the M1 mount. Works great but I find it heavy and bulky for something you want to backpack with.

How about Borg's single arm mount?
http://www.sciencecenter.net/hutech/borg/parts/html/3101.htm
Twice your budget, though. And I'm not certain of the carrying load.


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TONGKW
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: Domerman]
      #3170841 - 06/19/09 01:10 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

I purchased a Maxvision K2 AltAz mount for my nephew for mounting a 80 mm refractor. It appears to be a clone of the Mizar K mount and works well and the cost in Hong Kong is about US$96.
http://www.hkastroequipment.com/fj03-02.html

K W TONG
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Jim7728
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3171296 - 06/19/09 10:45 AM Attachment (34 downloads)

I've successfully used a Orion EQ-1 tabletop mini in a alt/az configuration with a TV-70mm Ranger. Did the same with an old Meade EQ-2 type mouint. New mini goes for $59. Used EQ-1 or 2 with 1/4" adapter should be obtainable for $100 or less.



Old EQ-2 type Meade equatorial in a alt/az configuration.

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yagobet
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: Domerman]
      #3171936 - 06/19/09 05:03 PM

Bogen 3001 tripod with 3130 head works great with my st80 (up to 100x). Weights only 7 lb.

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spmv
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: yagobet]
      #3173174 - 06/20/09 12:58 PM

Universal Astronomics makes a great one. I believe its called the Dwarfstar.

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Nick-Sydney
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor new [Re: spmv]
      #3178234 - 06/23/09 01:29 PM

There is a little brother to the Giro III (forget the name) which looks good. I have a Giro II and very happy so far, so I suspect he smaller Giro would also be very good.

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Jim7728
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Re: Smallest Possible Alt/Az Mount for small refractor [Re: Nick-Sydney]
      #3178496 - 06/23/09 03:43 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Quote:

There is a little brother to the Giro III (forget the name




Giro-Mini. Costs alot more than the OP's budget of $100, but is great little mount. Recommend matching with tripod that has adjustable column.

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