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The Moon Guy

Reged: 02/19/04

Loc: Northern New Jersey
Small alt-az head needed new
      #5358893 - 08/08/12 10:15 PM


I've just picked up an Orion 90mm Mak and one of their Paragon HD tripods (the smaller of the two models). I'm a bit less than impressed with the pan head even for day use. It's got a bit of play in it that annoys me and I can't seem to get rid of it. Otherwise it's surprisingly smooth and stable for the price and weight.

Thinking of a small alt-az head for the purpose instead. What would you recommend? The tripod has a standard 1/4"x20 post, and I'd like something that accepts Vixen dovetails.

Conversely, any tips on improving the pan head itself?

Also, would owners of the Orion slow-motion adapter please chime in? Does that need to attach to a pan head to provide large movements or does it pivot and tilt on its own? Never actually saw one in person.


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Reged: 04/10/05

Loc: Stoop Landing Observatory, NYC
Re: Small alt-az head needed new [Re: Tim2723]
      #5359486 - 08/09/12 09:58 AM

Try this mod to help smooth out the altitude motion.

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 12/20/08

Loc: Northern Colorado
Re: Small alt-az head needed new [Re: Tim2723]
      #5359731 - 08/09/12 11:42 AM

Universal Astronomics DwarfStar or MicroStar. Just what you're looking for.

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professor emeritus

Reged: 08/03/10

Loc: Lake Orion MI
Re: Small alt-az head needed [Re: Kfrank]
      #5360648 - 08/09/12 08:33 PM

The Orion slow motion adapter only moves about 5° before bottoming out it's travel. I use it for telephoto lens fine tuning - on top of a ball head for gross movements.
For that it's great. For a telescope going place to place it's not the ticket. That said, I did, in desperation because my mount hadn't arrived yet, put my brand new 127 Mak on it - and it held...

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