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core
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List of compact portable tracking mounts
      #5487796 - 10/24/12 10:50 PM

Since there's been quite a few threads going on recently, I thought a 'master' list of what's commercially available would be a great resource. A couple of notes:

a) quite a few of the mounts are from Japan/China/Taiwan/HK, if you click on the links in Chrome browser it should automatically translate it to English (or what ever else you need) - if not cut and past url to translation site.

b) Estimated base prices are from websites that I have found; take it as more of a ballpark figure.

c) iirc forum rules prevent posting pictures that do not belong to the poster (including mfg photos) - it would be nice if it were possible to include a quick snapshot of each mount imo.

So here goes:

1) Vixen Polarie US$430 - 4 track rates

2) Vixen GP2 Photo Guider US$1,100 - complete with wedge, tripod

3) Kenko Sky Memo US$800 - two versions, R and RS (adds 4 track rates)

4) AstroTrac US$580 - 3 track rates

5) Losmandy StarLapse US$700 - 9 track/pan rates

6) TOAST Pro US$1,100 - 2 track rates

7) unitec SWAT-200 US$1,000 - 6 track/pan rates

8) Sightron nano-tracker US$250 - 5 track/pan rates

9) MusicBox EQII US$250 - mechanical wind-up tracker!

10) eyeball CD-1 US$435

11) Pentax O-GPS1 (technically not a mount, but it tracks! ) US$200 - useable on some Pentax DSLR

12) PanHeadEQ US$550 - 6 track/pan rates

13) Takahashi Teegul Sky Patrol III US$1,300

14) Takahashi PM-1 US$3,200 - 5 or 7 track/pan rates, multi-configuration GEM, 2nd version PM-1XY

15) Orion Min-EQ Tabletop EQ manual drive US$70, drive motor +$80

16) iOptron SmartEQ GOTO GEM US$399, complete with tripod, US$60 polar scope optional

17) iOptron SmartEQ Pro US$499 - metal gears ,polar scope, guide port

Edited by core (10/25/12 10:57 PM)


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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: core]
      #5488171 - 10/25/12 08:08 AM

Thanks for this list Peter!

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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: Traveler]
      #5488314 - 10/25/12 10:17 AM

you forgot http://www.amazon.com/Orion-Min-EQ-Tabletop-Equatorial-Telescope/dp/B0000XMX8O/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: themos]
      #5488351 - 10/25/12 10:37 AM

Updated with Orion's tabletop mount - thanks!. hmm, I was thinking since skymemo is in the list, iOptron's SmartEQ at <14lb should make it there to?

... and maybe the list should be in 2 approximate categories - on one end there's GEM type mounts like the StarLapse (9lb head alone) and SmartEQ , and on the other are the really compact trackers like the Polarie ...

Edited by core (10/25/12 11:14 AM)


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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: core]
      #5488364 - 10/25/12 10:45 AM

Yes, the iOptron SmartEQ is specifically sold as a lightweight portable tracking mount.

-Dan


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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: core]
      #5488369 - 10/25/12 10:48 AM

Great list ... you might consider the GOTO Ioptron Smarteq GEM ($399) for this list. Its innovative design that places all the weight of the batteries, drive motors and gears below the polar axis allows the attachment of a DSLR and lens (up to 4 lbs.) without the need of a counterweight.

https://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=03c86716-b870-417b-8beb-0c0ba49ddf1d

Thanks for posting ...


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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: core]
      #5488402 - 10/25/12 11:05 AM

Great list. I wish I'd seen it *before* buying my Polarie. Not that I'm disappointed with the Polarie, just that I might have gone for something with a bit more weight capacity. But it will hold my 60Da with 200L f/2.8 lens so probably would still have chosen the Vixen Polarie.

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themos
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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #5488534 - 10/25/12 12:15 PM

Plenty of choice, covering $150 EQ1-M - $1300 Teegul!

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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: themos]
      #5489173 - 10/25/12 07:48 PM

Good reference. Should probably be pinned, or added to the "Best Threads" list.

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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5490918 - 10/26/12 09:49 PM

Excellent list Peter!

regards
Chris


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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: chboss]
      #5491396 - 10/27/12 09:46 AM

Celestron SLT is portable and OK for a small scope. Don T.

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Re: List of compact portable tracking mounts new [Re: core]
      #5675070 - 02/12/13 12:39 AM Attachment (32 downloads)

A quick bump and single update to the list

18) iOptron SkyTracker US$349 - built-in 'wedge', 2 rates, $50 polar scope option

Might have to revise the MSRP listing for the Japanese mounts in the initial post, since the Yen/USD has shifted quite a bit in the last 3 months.

hmm, wondering if the SLT be included - not a dedicated tracker, may require some add-ons for polar alignment, but at around $100 used imo it's mighty tempting; even has goto! (fwiw I do have a SLT but haven't considered using it in EQ mode)

... oh and one more thing, pic of prototype/to-be-released mount from Sightron, even smaller than the nano-tracker, battery and controls on the unit itself (rather than a separate hand box for power and controls).


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