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Post Laureate

Reged: 08/27/04

Loc: New Hampshire
Voyager for a TV-102?
      #4553712 - 04/30/11 03:45 PM

OK, I've decided to get an alt-az first for my TV-102. I can add a GEM later.
I like the Voyager but could it handle a TV-102 well?

If not that, a Gibralter-5 is another candidate.


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Reged: 04/10/05

Loc: Stoop Landing Observatory, NYC
Re: Voyager for a TV-102? new [Re: NHRob]
      #4553812 - 04/30/11 04:57 PM

I experimented with a FS-102 on a V'ger mount and found the vibrations excessive(from slewing with the slo-motion controls and focusing) for that ota. I had the Voyager head mounted on a Vixen half piller and HAL 130 tripod. I believe the source of the vibrations were from the altitude arm part not handling the torque produced by the f/8 ota.

The G(5) or a Unistar Deluxe would be a better choice, imo.

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Reged: 05/12/10

Loc: Chi-Town, USA, mother earth
Re: Voyager for a TV-102? new [Re: Jim7728]
      #4553860 - 04/30/11 05:36 PM

I agree.
I also had FS102 mounted on both AT Voyager and Vixen Porta.
The longer arm and azimuth head of the Voyager is not great for high power views.
If your intention is scanning skies with TV102, should be OK.
I found used SVP GEM mount just as easy for grab n go.

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professor emeritus

Reged: 12/06/06

Re: Voyager for a TV-102? new [Re: waso29]
      #4554345 - 04/30/11 11:40 PM

I've spent hours using my Voyager+extension with my TV102 splitting double stars. It works will enough for my viewing and I can switch out to my 8" SCT or 120mm ST with the same mount. In the daytime the PST hops on for solar.

I particularly like having slow-motion controls.

It is easy to pick up the mount with the scope and move to other areas to view in the backyard.

I get by with the original legs and don't plan to change them to wood replacements.

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Reged: 01/22/09

Loc: Silverthorne, CO
Re: Voyager for a TV-102? new [Re: Photoner]
      #4556042 - 05/01/11 10:07 PM


I use the Voyager as my grab and go mount since I can lift it with my TV102 attached and take it out of the house and move it around easily. There is some vibration after moving the mount but it settles quickly. It does require accurate balance for the alt motion to be smooth, and I've found that it's best if I use the TV brass equalizer when switching to 1 1/4" eyepieces. For the price, it works well for me. See photo on this thread:


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Post Laureate

Reged: 03/15/08

Loc: San Diego Ca.
Re: Voyager for a TV-102? new [Re: NHRob]
      #4557159 - 05/02/11 01:18 PM

I use my WO ZS110-18lbs without eyepiece-on a Voyager with a Oberwerk tripod that has a Vixen eyepiece tray. Damping times are very good even with high power and or heavy eyepieces. On the stock tripod with extension and Vixen eyepiece tray damping was decent but the rig was unstable with the OTA between the legs and pointed straight up. David

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