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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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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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Vixen Skypod

Jun 26 2007 03:30 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The Vixen Skypod is an Alt/Az mount that will also track an object as it moves across the sky.

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Unistar Light Deluxe Alt-Az Mount

Mar 25 2005 10:53 AM | Jim Carpenter in Alt-Azimuth

A couple of years ago I acquired a Stellarvue 80mm f/6 wide field refractor to supplement my main observing instrument, which at the time was an 8" Celestron SCT. Since the refractor was intended to be my quick look or "grab-n-go" scope, I decided that an alt-az mount would best suit my needs, so I purchased a Televue Telepod head mounted on a heavy-duty Bogen tripod. I rapidly became a convert to the ease of alt-az viewing, so much so that I soon traded the 8" SCT for a 10" Discovery Dobsonian.

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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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Two Fast and Useful Alt/Az Mounts: The Vixen Custom D Alt/Az Mount and Tele Vue Gibraltar Mount

Mar 25 2005 11:52 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

For those of you who know me, you know that I consider EQ mounts a necessary evil for purely visual astronomy. A well built, properly functioning Alt/Az mount is faster to set up and faster to use than an EQ mount. The key to this, of course, is finding an Alt/Az mount that will work properly with your refractor.

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Borg Alt-Az Mount For Small Refractors

Mar 25 2005 11:54 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

Telescope mounts have become an obsession with me over the last year or so. Unless you are buying a Dobsonian, where the mount is part of the basic OTA, every telescope you buy must be mounted. If that telescope is a refractor, you have three basic choices: Fork (yes, there are a few refractors so mounted, such as the newer sub-100mm Meade and Celestron GOTO systems); Equatorial mounts (the largest and the most complex to set up - albeit usually the most versatile); and the Alt-Az mounts. The last are generally the simplest to set up, the lightest and the most inexpensive. They have their limitations, but for a quick set up and for general use, they are hard to beat.

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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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Microstar vs Unistar Light vs Telepod: A Comparison

Mar 10 2005 10:14 AM | John Kocijanski in Alt-Azimuth

The Telepod has a cradle where a telescope is mounted. The width of the cradle is a bit over five inches. The altitude motion of the cradle can be adjusted by using two clutches with metal knobs on either side of the cradle.

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APM Tele-Optic Giro-2 Deluxe Alt-Az Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:26 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

Reviewed elsewhere on this site is the standard version of the APM Tele-Optic Giro-2 mount. After I reviewed that mount, I contacted Markus at APM and inquired about the Deluxe version, said to be capable of holding 40 to 50 pounds and carrying two scopes at the same time. Markus offered to send me one of the Deluxe models, and one of his new wooden tripods. The mount just showed up, but the tripod was delayed in the mail. The following is my initial review of this mount. I am leaving for a short vacation tomorrow, and the mount, the TMB 100 f/8 and the TV 140 are going with, along with a Baader Tripod to carry them. I will report in more detail when I get back, but here is the quick and dirty on this mount.

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APM TELE-OPTIC GR-2 ALT-AZ MOUNT

Mar 28 2005 09:28 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

As should be obvious to those of you who have read my prior mount and/or scope reviews, I consider EQ mounts a necessary evil for purely visual astronomy. A well built, properly-functioning Alt/Az mount is faster to set up and faster to use than an EQ mount. The key to this, of course, is finding an Alt/Az mount that will work properly with your refractor. Having already found at least two Alt/Az mounts that fit my needs (the Tele Vue Gibraltar and the Vixen Alt/Az Custom D), reviewed elsewhere on this site, I had forgotten that I had ordered the APM Tele-Optic Gr-2 mount from Bill Burnett at ITE some time ago. When I read that several had been spotted at RTMC, I called Bill, who told me my mount was in and ready to be shipped. It showed up this morning.

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APM TELE-OPTIC GR-2 ALT-AZ MOUNT

Mar 28 2005 09:29 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

As should be obvious to those of you who have read my prior mount and/or scope reviews, I consider EQ mounts a necessary evil for purely visual astronomy. A well built, properly-functioningproperly functioning Alt/Az mount is faster to set up and faster to use than an EQ mount. The key to this, of course, is finding an Alt/Az mount that will work properly with your refractor. Having already found at least two Alt/Az mounts that fit my needs (the Tele Vue Gibraltar and the Vixen Alt/Az Custom D, reviewed elsewhere on this site, I had forgotten that I had ordered the APM Tele-Optic Gr-2 mount from Bill Burnett at ITE some time ago. When I read that several had been spotted at RTMC, I called Bill, who told me my mount was in and ready to be shipped. It showed up this morning.

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HOME BUILT ALT-AZ MOUNT FOR AP AND OTHER REFRACTORS

Mar 28 2005 09:31 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Alt-Azimuth

I am a bug on simple, easy-to-set-up mounts for visual work with refractors. I consider EQ mounts as necessary evils for visual work. I had bought a Takahashi Teegul but found it not suitable for high power use with my FS 102 and marginal with my FCT 76. The Vixen Custom D Alt-Az was better. I assumed that the limit for any such mount would be a 4". I was wrong.

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Nisur Systems "Taurus" Alt/Az Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:37 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The Taurus mount resembles the Televue Telepod mount. As owner of a Telepod its advantages as a mount for small scopes such as the ST-80 became immediately apparent. Any attempt to use the setup at relatively high powers make it obvious that its shortcomings are the lack of slo-mo controls. Other than that the Telepod is extremely comfortable and easy to use. The Nisur Taurus is larger, has slo-mo controls, and is said to handle a sixteen pound load. Ordering was done by telephone

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Fixing the Takahashi Teegul: A simple adapter can remove the shakes from this otherwise excellent...

Mar 28 2005 09:45 AM | nikjo in Alt-Azimuth

The Takashi Teegul is a unique and elegant alt-azimuth telescope mount with very smooth, precise, slow-motion controls. However, much to the dismay of its owners, the mount is plagued with a bad case of the shakes. This has been mentioned in other reviews of the mount on this website . Although I loved the smooth precise positioning the mount offers, the obvious vibrations visible at higher magnifications forced me to consider selling it or letting it gather dust in the garage. Before taking this drastic step, I made an attempt to cure it of its ills.

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Takahashi Teegul Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:46 AM | Steve Foltz in Alt-Azimuth

My August 2000 trip to Ft.Davis revealed the need for a mount with alt-az slewing quickness and equatorial slow-motion accuracy (try wide-field sweeps with a manual equatorial). The Teegul has been on my mind for some time, but I hesitated to buy it because of concerns about swing-arm and tripod stability with 4" scopes (mine's a 3"). Having spoken with several owners about the mount, I decided to put my money down on Takahashi's alt-az design.

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Tele Vue Tele-Pod alt-az Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:48 AM | Steve Foltz in Alt-Azimuth

If portability is an important criteria in a mount for your small scope, then owning an alt-az Tele-Pod makes a lot of sense. It's very compact (travels well in a bogen or temba bag) and lightweight (~ 7lbs./3.2 kgs.), yet sturdy enough to absorb vibrations efficiently (takes 2-3 seconds) by way of three foam padded tripod legs with rubberized foot pads (including unscrewable spikes).

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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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Helix Hercules Single-Arm Alt/Azm Mount

Jul 31 2005 05:19 AM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

The two knobs used to secure the dovetail are kind of small, and while they work, are not in keeping with the fit and feel of the rest of the mount. I

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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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Vixen Custom D Alt-Az Mount

Mar 22 2005 11:58 AM | ric_capucho in Alt-Azimuth

For some time I had been looking for a well designed alt-az mount. It had to be light, compact when collapsed, and come with those (for me) all important fine-motion controls. Oh, needless to say, it had to be steady as a rock when carrying my beautiful, new Borg 100ED refractor. (See David A. Novoselsky’s excellent review of the Borg 100ED).

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The DM-6: Stability and Simplicity

Mar 22 2005 12:12 PM | CN_Admin in Alt-Azimuth

I’ve long been a fan of alt-az mounts. There’s just something about a simplicity of design that encourages you to take a small scope out and star hop across the summer milky way, through the virgo cluster, or around the celestial pole (a location where traditional GEM’s have problems). Where they typically fall down is when it comes to high power viewing. Having to reacquire the object with a high power eyepiece is never fun, and many of the alt/az mounts just aren’t stable enough to handle high powers well. When I learned that Tom Peters from DiscMounts Inc had contacted CloudyNights.com about submitting the DM-6 for review, I was only too pleased to undertake the task and put it through its paces with my TV102. Ironically, I had been on the DiscMounts web page just the day before.

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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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Giro-2 Deluxe and Tech2000 Driver

Mar 22 2005 12:26 PM | Oldfield in Alt-Azimuth

The mount is available from a number of dealers on the internet. And among those dealers, Markus Ludes of APM gives the fastest and most useful response. Taking the exchange rate and also the shipping cost into consideration, ordering from APM Germany is the cheapest. I asked all the questions I wanted to ask and get them all solved within two days. I placed an order on 2002-2-28 and got the mount in less than one week on 2002-3-9. BUT...

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Hutech Motorized Alt/AZ Mount AZM-100

Mar 22 2005 12:32 PM | Guest in Alt-Azimuth

First of all, let me say that I have no financial interest in any of the manufacturers or distributors of the equipment described in this review.

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