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Small Scope Alt-Az Comparison: Wimberley vs. the GR-2 Deluxe

Mar 28 2005 09:59 AM | Paul Schroeder in Alt-Azimuth

I have for quite some time looked for the ideal highly portable scope package. My viewing time is often quite limited, and my principle viewing site (my yard) has a number of large trees; in order to see much, I need to keep moving about the yard. In addition, my best viewing tends to be on vacations when we're in locations with really dark skies, and I wanted something that was easy to carry (along with all the paraphernalia that goes with having a one-year-old daughter).

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10 Micron GM1000HPS --- My Experience

Dec 15 2014 12:14 PM | sayitfast in German Equatorial

My first setup was working OK for me. I had a Celestron 11 inch HD scope a Hyperstar, Atik camera and a Celestron CGEM mount. I was getting images that I thought were wonderful and was overall very happy. The one major pain point I had was set up time and accuracy of the mount using was not always a fast fun experience. I found the CGEM mount overall worked well but there were some things that frustrated me which I will not go into here. I also wanted to do more advanced imagery… namely Satellites and Comets and I wanted it to be as easy as possible of course.

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The iOptron MiniTower - Part 2

Jan 15 2010 07:12 AM | john cameron in Alt-Azimuth

First, I am convinced that iOptron, a young company, wants to develop quality products and, since my March review, it has engaged in a program of quality control improvement. For example, Dr. Hou contacted me shortly after my review was published to

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My Adventures in Fixing a Meade LXD75 Mount

Jan 06 2010 08:05 AM | Middle Age Man in German Equatorial

I purchased the LXD75 mount used in June of 2006 and I'm not sure if the seller was the original owner so I'm not sure of its vintage. The mount did not come in its standard configuration as it had

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Universal Astronomics Unistar Basic Mount

Jan 06 2010 08:45 AM | mikee in Alt-Azimuth

The mount arrived well packaged in about a week and had a small instruction manual (2 pages really). The first thing I noticed was that

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Sunpak Platinum Plus 7500TM Tripod/Monopod

Dec 29 2009 12:10 PM | aa5te in Tripods and Piers

The tripod serves its function with flying colors in my book. It is just a little shaky with 8.5 lb. binoculars on it, but it steadies out soon enough (a second or so). I find that the tightening screws

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Manfrotto 501HDV Head with the Oberwerk L- Adapter

Dec 24 2009 06:33 AM | Guest in Tripods and Piers

The 501 is one fine piece of engineering. Designed for the heavier HD camcorders, it provides more than ample stability for most large astronomical binoculars. The all-metal construction with a 13.3 lb payload limit gives it the ability to

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Vixen Mini Porta Mount

Dec 23 2009 08:19 AM | Midnight Dan in Alt-Azimuth

What I received surprised and disappointed me. But more on that later. Let’s start with the basics. I set up the mount with my Orion ST80 for a quick photo shoot

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Vixen Porta Mount

Dec 22 2009 09:15 AM | Scott Holland in Alt-Azimuth

The Vixen comes in what seems to be three models. First is the Mini Porta Mount which weighs 6 pounds and is rated at 8 pounds of load capacity, and sells for around

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Orion Sirius Goto Mount

Dec 18 2009 06:45 AM | John F Smith in German Equatorial

I have used the Celestron C8 and C9.25 optical tubes and an Orion ED 80 refractor. For imaging I use the StarlightXpress SXVF H9 CCD camera with a TruTech Filter wheel. I use a

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Updating the Sirius Dovetail Base

Dec 10 2009 09:14 AM | dsnay in Mount Accessories

First let's see what the new dovetail looks like and compare it to the original. Figure 2 shows the original Vixen dovetail as shipped from Orion and Figure 3 shows Anthony's upgrade

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Simple ALT/AZ Mount

Oct 13 2009 06:10 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

I almost walked past the "cheap scope" at a flea market recently but something about it caught my eye…

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SHOWDOWN: The iOptron CUBE PRO vs. The Nexstar GT Mount

Oct 13 2009 06:35 AM | john cameron in Alt-Azimuth

As promised in my April review of the iOptron MiniTower, I purchased and have spent many hours testing the iOptron Cube Pro

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Goto or Not to Goto - Losmandy G11

Sep 03 2009 07:23 AM | dmilone in German Equatorial

That is the question. At least it was for me in my personal struggle to find a new mount for astrophotography

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Meade LXD75 Mount

Aug 13 2009 06:33 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

I bought a Meade LXD75 mount when they first became available some years ago. It replaced my LXD55 mount

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Astro-Tech vs TeleVue Mount Comparison

Apr 24 2009 06:18 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The Astro-Tech Voyager uses a Vixen style dovetail and the mount employs an arm that holds the altitude bearing either straight up or at 45 degrees on either side of the vertical

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Peterson Engineering Corporation’s EZ Binoc Mount Kit

Apr 22 2009 04:57 AM | eric planalp in Binocular Mounts

Considering the low cost compared to other mounting options, the wealth of information on the web site and my need for a simple binocular mount, I decided to give it a try and ordered the EZ Binoc Mount

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The iOptron MiniTower - A Second Opinion

Apr 01 2009 04:41 PM | john cameron in Alt-Azimuth

John Cameron gives us his take on the iOptron MiniTower

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Universal Astronomics Dwarfstar Mount

Mar 01 2009 01:46 AM | David E in Alt-Azimuth

How can something this small work so well

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Astro Physics Mach1 GTO Mount

Jan 16 2009 12:41 AM | Jared in German Equatorial

Astro Physics Mach1 GTO German Equatorial Mount

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Astro-Tech Voyager Mount

Jan 11 2009 01:19 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The Astro-Tech Voyager Alt Az Mount

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iOptron Mini Tower

Sep 08 2008 05:17 AM | StarStruckCarter in Alt-Azimuth

The mount itself comes very well protected within its own locking case. Included are just about anything and everything that one needs to be up and

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Tech2000 "Quick-Draw" Portable Pier

Jun 30 2008 07:41 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Tripods and Piers

For those of you who recall my scribbling from before, I am not a fan of GEM mounts, prefer alt-az for my visual observing

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Astronomy Technologies Voyager Mount

Mar 21 2008 03:00 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The first time I used the mount was aboard the Caribbean Princess during the Lunar Eclipse of February 2008. The Voyager came the day before I left for the cruise so I brought it along instead of my MicroStar, my usual air travel

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GM2000 QCI Mount

Sep 15 2007 02:22 AM | Astro_Slacker in German Equatorial

Seasoned astrophotographers will tell you that in order to succeed in astrophotography you need three things: A good mount - a good mount - and did I mention, a good mount.

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