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Theoid
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Reged: 08/13/13

Looking for a mount for AT80ed new
      #6136214 - 10/14/13 02:06 AM

Open to all suggestions, as i have a new/used scope on the way my first refractor!!! my framework is that i have to use it for travel, and i have about 150 dollars MAX for my buget!! help a fellow astronomer out, by pointing him in the right direction please


Thanks!
Theodore


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hottr6
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Loc: 7,500', Magdalena Mtns, NM
Re: Looking for a mount for AT80ed new [Re: Theoid]
      #6136469 - 10/14/13 09:04 AM

Define "travel". Car transport? Airline carry-on?

If the former, you can buy a used Vixen Polaris GEM. Best GEM/alt-az for less than $150, and even includes slo-mo controls. There is no comparison. Save some weight by using it in alt-az mode and leaving the c/weigh at home.

Maybe you could find a used Vixen PortaMount. A distant second place to the Polaris.

Camera tripod and fluid-head from eBay will probably be the cheapest and most transportable, but not a patch on the above suggested mounts for astro.


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Theoid
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Re: Looking for a mount for AT80ed [Re: hottr6]
      #6136917 - 10/14/13 12:56 PM

Looking for back pack, airline, train, light weight travel scope set up1! Thanks for the suggestions!!

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