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pugliano
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Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor?
      #5552166 - 12/03/12 02:35 PM

I'm considering getting the Celestron Omni 120 XLT (a 12 pound refractor), but I hate EQ mounts and want to use it on a simple, sturdy alt-az mount. Will this scope fit on something like a Voyager mount, or does someone make an alt-az mount that can handle a long FL refractor?

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kevint1
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Reged: 04/19/11

Loc: West Michigan
Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: pugliano]
      #5552354 - 12/03/12 04:22 PM

Take a look at the Desert Sky Astro DSV-2 mount.

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Bill Barlow
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Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: pugliano]
      #5552754 - 12/03/12 08:22 PM

The Universal Astronomics Unistar deluxe altaz mount mated with a medium field tripod would be excellent for a 12 pound refractor. I own 3 UA Unistar mounts and they are smooth and steady to use with my scopes ranging from a 4" refractor to a C14.

Bill


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zjc26138
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Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5552997 - 12/03/12 10:29 PM

Another vote for the Universal Astronomics mounts. I have a Macro Star Delux on a surveyors tripod. It's the perfect match for with my Meade 102 and my TMB 130.

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moynihan
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Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5555748 - 12/05/12 02:13 PM

How about that OTA weight and a length of 40" or so?

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Bill Barlow
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Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: moynihan]
      #5556281 - 12/05/12 07:38 PM

As long as the OTA is balanced, the UA Unistar mount will handle it easily.

Bill


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pugliano
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Reged: 06/16/11

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Re: Alt-az mount for 12 pound refractor? new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5556299 - 12/05/12 07:50 PM

Thanks. All great suggestions!

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