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sailor70623
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iOptron SmartStar GPS
      #3643568 - 02/23/10 06:49 PM

Has anyone tried this mount? How much weight will it handle? How do you like the set up? I know the tripod it comes with is a bit on the lite side, but figured I'd re-do that. The mount I'm asking about is their CHEAP one. The one that comes in sets, like with an 80mm Achro, or a small 90mm Mak, or a very cheap Newt. I want to know if would handle at least a 102mm ED? Thinking of getting it just because it's so cheap. Might make a good travel scope mount. After putting it on some oak legs.

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sailor70623
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Re: iOptron SmartStar GPS new [Re: sailor70623]
      #3644178 - 02/24/10 12:35 AM

Gee, I thought some-one would have tried this mount.

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Lenardo
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Re: iOptron SmartStar GPS new [Re: sailor70623]
      #3653489 - 02/28/10 09:31 PM

works Very well, i have one for a 4.5" reflector and am going to switch it for a mak-possibly a 102mm- might spring for 127 for my kids to use (lower eyepiece placement)

except for a bit of cord wrap potential problems the goto works well, the alignment is fairly easy once you get used to do it, it takes ~5 minutes total to be viewing from setup to viewing


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Preston Smith
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Re: iOptron SmartStar GPS new [Re: sailor70623]
      #3653529 - 02/28/10 09:48 PM

Hi Sailor,

The Basic Cube will not properly support a 102ED scope becuase of the combined effect of the length and weight.

The Cube Pro will but you will need a stronger base than the stock tripod.

Here's how I modified my Cube Pro using a 4" Aluminum tube that you can purchase from Velocity Air:

Modified Cube Pro Base


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Re: iOptron SmartStar GPS new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #3653731 - 03/01/10 12:41 AM

Guess I'll stay with a simple Alt/Az for my quick look travel scope then. Thanks for the info.

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Scruffy
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Re: iOptron SmartStar GPS new [Re: sailor70623]
      #3656072 - 03/02/10 10:05 AM

Have you looked at the Quarter Hitch or Gyro?

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