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mogur
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Alt/Az Mount Heads
      #5687486 - 02/18/13 06:16 PM

Hey, all. Is there an on-line or otherwise outlet that sells just mount heads? Tripods I have a-plenty. I'm looking for a source that sells just the Alt/Az mount heads. Preferably with the standard 3/8 x 16 threads to attach to a tripod. Must have slo-mo controls for both axis.

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kevint1
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: mogur]
      #5687496 - 02/18/13 06:24 PM

Desert Sky Astro has Alt Az mounts with slow motion controls. See my post below on their DSV-3 mount. They have other models also.

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: kevint1]
      #5687514 - 02/18/13 06:35 PM

Opt sells the Vixen Portamount II heads without the tripod for $200.

Jon


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tomharri
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: kevint1]
      #5687515 - 02/18/13 06:37 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

Stellarvue has a nice one, and canadian telescopes co. has a slightly different version that I have and its really convertable. You can take one of the knobs off each axis and attach the flexi slow mo cables.

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Lane
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: tomharri]
      #5687910 - 02/18/13 09:57 PM

I think most of them can be bought without the tripod.

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mogur
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: Lane]
      #5688024 - 02/18/13 11:02 PM

I guess I should have specified that I'm looking for SMALL mounts. Something that would fit on a Manfrotto tripod.

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chboss
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: mogur]
      #5688091 - 02/18/13 11:55 PM

How about a AYOtraveler from AOK Swiss?

http://www.aokswiss.ch/d/mont/ayo/ayotraveler/uebersicht_ayotraveler.html

regards
Chris


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ASTERON
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: chboss]
      #5688239 - 02/19/13 02:36 AM

Mogul,
I highly recommend Universal astronomics
http://www.universalastronomics.com/
They have several types of Alt-as mount heads for sale.
Moreover, their level of service and honesty is incredible.
Their owner Larry communicated with me by e-mail and patiently answered all my questions untill I ended having a solution tailored exactly to my needs. He even advised me against buying unnecessary stuff and was not interested in just making a profit. He truly labored until I had something that truly fitted my needs.
Give them a shot.

Edited by ASTERON (02/19/13 02:44 AM)


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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: ASTERON]
      #5688384 - 02/19/13 07:05 AM

Check out the DSV-M, DSV-1 or DSV-2 at http://www.desertskyastro.com. I have the DSV-1 and can attest to the fact that these are very high quality, well made mounts with buttery smooth motion.

They can be purchased with a 5/8" thread for contractor's tripod, or 3/8" for photo tripod. Or you can get the 5/8" threaded mount and for $25, an adapter for 3/8" use so you can use it on either.

-Dan


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gmartin02
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: mogur]
      #5689273 - 02/19/13 04:57 PM

I have my eye on a Stellarview M2 - Threaded with 3/8-16 hole, only weights 4 pounds, ans states it will carry up to 20 pounds. It is reasonably priced too. Here is the link:

Stellarview M2

Greg


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ASTERON
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: gmartin02]
      #5689312 - 02/19/13 05:15 PM

Mogul,
I just now saw that you wanted slo-mo on the mount.
Thr UA mounts don' have them.


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Widespread
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: ASTERON]
      #5689338 - 02/19/13 05:31 PM

As far as I know, the SV M2 mount doesn't have slo-mo controls either.

Best,
David


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mogur
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: chboss]
      #5689392 - 02/19/13 05:58 PM

Quote:

How about a AYOtraveler from AOK Swiss?

http://www.aokswiss.ch/d/mont/ayo/ayotraveler/uebersicht_ayotraveler.html

regards
Chris




Wow! This looks like exactly what I'm after. Wish I could read Swiss.


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ASTERON
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: mogur]
      #5690168 - 02/20/13 03:52 AM

Mogur,
Aok make very nicely engineerd products.
Just note that the AOK traveller carrying capacity is limited to 6 kilograms.


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Chucky
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: ASTERON]
      #5690284 - 02/20/13 07:30 AM

Discmount heads can be purchased separately.

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ASTERON
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: Chucky]
      #5690671 - 02/20/13 11:27 AM

Chucky,
Discmount heads are Fantastic - but the OP specifically said he wants Slo-Mo- controls while the discmounts are strictly push-to (nudge to).
I agree with you that they are exquisite mounts !


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Chucky
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: ASTERON]
      #5691047 - 02/20/13 02:43 PM

<< but the OP specifically said he wants Slo-Mo- controls while the discmounts are strictly push-to >>

Oops. I obviously can't read, and/or need to get a more recent eye exam!


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ASTERON
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: Chucky]
      #5691071 - 02/20/13 02:52 PM

Chucky,
No damage done
I made the same mistake by recommending UA mounts and then I saw that Slo-Mo was a requirement.
BTW - I have a DM4 and a DM6 and I love them both, They are very convenient and I dont find I need SLO-MO with them at all.
With the encoders and a sky commander they are killer combo's for Grab'n Go.

Edited by ASTERON (02/20/13 02:53 PM)


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Chucky
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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: ASTERON]
      #5691174 - 02/20/13 03:42 PM

<< I have a DM4 and a DM6 and I love them both, They are very convenient and I dont find I need SLO-MO with them at all.
With the encoders and a sky commander they are killer combo's for Grab'n Go. >>

Totally concur. I just added an Ipad Mini to the mix, so things for me get even better with my DM-4!


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Re: Alt/Az Mount Heads new [Re: Chucky]
      #5691224 - 02/20/13 04:05 PM

I had a DesertSky DSV-2 with slo-mo controls. Then I got a DiscMount DM4 and sold the DSV-2 with no regrets. I found the DSV-2 to be very shakey at 200+ powers, shaking violently (in the eyepiece) when using slo-mo controls or when focusing. With the DiscMount I can track by hand easily at 200+ powers with very little shake or backlash. Raul's new DSV-3 might improve on stability, though I now see little point for slo-mo controls. The simplicity of the DiskMount is sublime.

My $0.02, Keith


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