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tomharri
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Reged: 09/19/08

Loc: USA
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: tomharri]
      #5909684 - 06/08/13 12:39 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Size comparison next to 5" Istar f/8 R30.
90mm tripod came from usa seller on ebay and is much sturdier and cheaper at $119 than anything the astro sellers have, also china sourced.


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skullpin
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Reged: 03/13/09

Loc: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #5910923 - 06/09/13 06:23 AM

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Keith,

Very nice! I'll be very interested to see how the Side-Mount version works for you.




Finally got out tonight to test the Wimberley Side-Mount. Very transparent skies and pleasurable viewing. My findings with a Borg 89ED...

1. Very stable. I got a new Gitzo series 3 aluminum tripod that helps out on this account.

2. Very smooth.

3. Completely loose in altitude was tricky, as balance changed with scope angle.

4. Friction was not difficult to apply in the right amount to overcome balance issues, and tracking at high power was easy. Nice, but not as simple as my DiscMount.

5. Axis lock is positive. The scope does not move when axes are locked. Even when severely unbalanced.

6. The M&Ms made for a better observing experience.

7. They did not melt in my hands and make the knobs sticky.

8. The white ones were the easiest to eat in the dark, and I lost one dark one. Makes me wish eyepiece caps were standard in white.

Overall I would rate it as the most expensive candy I have ever eaten. And, the mount is pretty swell too.

Keith


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Mike E.
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: skullpin]
      #5911204 - 06/09/13 11:58 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

For white eyepiece caps of the 2" variety, I found that the lids from "Gaviscon" antacid tablet containers are a perfect fit.

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obin robinson
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/25/12

Loc: League City, TX
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: tomharri]
      #5911207 - 06/09/13 12:00 PM

These mounts look very interesting and promising for a quick grab-and-go setup. Does anyone feel that an ST-80 could be mounted to one of these and easily clear zenith?

obin


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skullpin
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Reged: 03/13/09

Loc: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: obin robinson]
      #5911826 - 06/09/13 07:12 PM

Oh yeh, one more observation: with the Borg 89ED maximum altitude was about 75-80 degrees. A little annoying when I was trying to, but could not, get the Great Cluster of Hercules which was almost overhead. I am not too concerned as I do not go much above 75 degrees normally with any alt-az mount as tracking and pointing becomes non-intuitive and progressively more difficult.

Keith


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PJ Anway
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Reged: 06/04/03

Loc: North Coast
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: skullpin]
      #5912678 - 06/10/13 09:44 AM

Quote:

Oh yeh, one more observation: with the Borg 89ED maximum altitude was about 75-80 degrees. A little annoying when I was trying to, but could not, get the Great Cluster of Hercules which was almost overhead.




I just wait a until the earth rotates that 75°-75° portion of the sky down a bit.


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PJ Anway
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Reged: 06/04/03

Loc: North Coast
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: skullpin]
      #5912694 - 06/10/13 09:58 AM

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6. The M&Ms made for a better observing experience.





Nice report. The previous owner didn't include the M&M's with my mount.
Though I was able to find a close substitute at a local store.


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obin robinson
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/25/12

Loc: League City, TX
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #5926537 - 06/17/13 11:00 PM

So does anyone knw if this mount can clear zenith with an ST80?

obin


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Sarkikos
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Reged: 12/18/07

Loc: Scotophobe Maryland, USA
Re: Finally! an alt-az I can live with and maybe love new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6638006 - 07/16/14 11:43 PM

I'd like to know that, too. A mighty high price for a mount that won't even let you point a scope to zenith. I suppose it's good for birding and terrestrial photography.

A good general rule for astronomical mounts: If it can't point to zenith, it ain't good for astronomy.

Mike


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