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stevew
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Reged: 03/03/06

Loc: British Columbia Canada
AZ3 Upgrade? new
      #5410496 - 09/08/12 05:49 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

I use an AZ3 for a grab and go. Well actually it only ever goes in my back yard.
I have a love hate relationship with it. I love the fact that I can pick it up in one hand and step out the door for a quick peak with my C5, but I hate the friction altitude design. I'd rather have a mount that used balance instead of friction to move the scope in altitude.
I have other mounts, including a G11 and a W.O. EZ Touch, but for a quick peak at the Moon or Jupiter with my C5 the lightweight AZ3 is great, apart from the friction altitude design.
I have been looking at alternative mounts for my little C5 and have narrowed it down to a Vixen Porta Starguy, or a AT Voyager.
Any thoughts on these two mounts?

Steve


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rmollise
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Reged: 07/06/07

Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: stevew]
      #5410519 - 09/08/12 06:02 PM

Get a Sky Watcher AZ-4 and save yo'self some moola.

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stevew
Now I've done it


Reged: 03/03/06

Loc: British Columbia Canada
Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5410534 - 09/08/12 06:12 PM

Quote:

Get a Sky Watcher AZ-4 and save yo'self some moola.



Hmmmm
I'll have to check it out, thanks for the tip.

Is it the same mount as this one?
http://www.canadiantelescopes.com/Accessories_2/Mounts-Tripods/Orion-AZ-4-Micro-Motion-Altazimuth-Mount_2#.UEvD212vk1I
Steve


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rmollise
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Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: stevew]
      #5410578 - 09/08/12 06:46 PM

Nah...this one, which Orion sells under its "Versago" name...

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Locoman
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Reged: 03/09/09

Loc: Abilene, Kansas
Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: stevew]
      #5410614 - 09/08/12 07:16 PM

I have both the StarGuy and the AZ4. Do you want slo motion controls? If not then the AZ4 with the aluminum tripod is light and easier grab n go. The StarGuy is a nice mount but its heavier. With my C6 sct mounted on the StarGuy its heavy to carry but I usually make two trips.

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stevew
Now I've done it


Reged: 03/03/06

Loc: British Columbia Canada
Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: Locoman]
      #5410653 - 09/08/12 07:41 PM

definitely want slow mo controls..

Steve


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donnie3
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Reged: 12/15/04

Loc: bartlesville oklahoma
Re: AZ3 Upgrade? new [Re: stevew]
      #5413114 - 09/10/12 11:22 AM

dont get the voyager!!!!! had one, hated it. azimuth was loose, movement was jerky, the slow motion wouldn't work half of the time even when perfectly balanced. some people claims to have good luck with theirs, i didnt. don

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Locoman
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Re: AZ3 Upgrade? [Re: donnie3]
      #5413270 - 09/10/12 12:43 PM

Quote:

dont get the voyager!!!!! had one, hated it. azimuth was loose, movement was jerky, the slow motion wouldn't work half of the time even when perfectly balanced. some people claims to have good luck with theirs, i didnt. don



I have not had any of these problems with my Starguy!


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