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tenafterten
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Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new
      #5452995 - 10/03/12 01:28 AM

I tried a GoTo GEM a while back and really didn't like it so I took it back - couldn't stand having to slew when I know exactly where to push to. Nor did I like having to unlock the clutches to do the pushing. I have a non-goto GEM with tracking but the tracking is only turned on for planets and the moon, so not very often. I have a light grab&go alt-az mount and I love it but it's not very conveinent for planets or the moon. Basically, I'm a push-to guy. I really like the idea of having DSC's on a good push-to alt-az mount, but are there any good ones with tracking? I looked at the DM-6, but I can't imagine trying to follow Jupiter in a 50 degree eyepiece at 220x.
Serenity prayer aside, any suggestions?


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orlyandico
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Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: tenafterten]
      #5453042 - 10/03/12 03:33 AM

http://www.halfhitchtelescope.com/QH_motion-controls.htm

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vmstar
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Reged: 09/28/11

Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5453115 - 10/03/12 06:47 AM

http://www.apm-telescopes.net/en/Mounts-Tripods/Alt-Azimuth-Mounts/Skywatcher-AZ-EQ6GT-Mount.html

this one could do the job too, but when?


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johnnyha
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Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: vmstar]
      #5453131 - 10/03/12 07:09 AM

I have no problems at all following Jupiter in my orthos at 220X+ with my DM6. Drift time is almost a full minute and the DM6 is smooth as silk.

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Mark9473
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Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: tenafterten]
      #5453152 - 10/03/12 07:31 AM

Quote:

I tried a GoTo GEM a while back and really didn't like it so I took it back - couldn't stand having to slew when I know exactly where to push to. Nor did I like having to unlock the clutches to do the pushing.



I see a Losmandy mount in your future ...


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Jim7728
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Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: tenafterten]
      #5453333 - 10/03/12 10:30 AM

DSV-3 looks promising.

http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=794814


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Hermie
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Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5453409 - 10/03/12 11:22 AM

I settled on the iOptron MT, and am happy with it overall. I would jump at a lighter weight mount with tracking only though. Clock drive?

Hermie


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tenafterten
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Reged: 08/26/11

Loc: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? new [Re: Hermie]
      #5453995 - 10/03/12 06:45 PM

Thanks to all. I've fired off a few emails to the various manufactures.
I have thought about the non-Gemini Losmandy GM-8 for a while now, as it has everything I want in a manual mount. I hear the Gemini system is not the most user friendly system, but I likely would not get that option anyway. You can put DSC's on a GM-8 and still have smooth push-to with tracking?
Alt-az mounts are just so darned attractive when you look at the weight savings. The Nova hitch looks great but would have to be bought in stages at a price like that - not much of a problem spread over a couple of years.
It doesn't look like the DS-3 has tracking capability - still waiting on an answer for that question.


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tonyt
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Reged: 09/02/09

Loc: Australia
Re: Alt-Az with DSC and Tracking? [Re: tenafterten]
      #5454164 - 10/03/12 08:43 PM

T-Rex with Sky Commander: slow motion controls work well for high power and the S.C. is quick to set up - no need to enter time or date (unless you want it to find planets), just align on two stars.

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