Mizar AR-1 vs Bushnell Banner Mounts:
Way back 30-odd years ago, when my D&G 5" F10 ruled the skies, I bought a brand new Bushnell Banner 1000 80mm F12 EQ refractor kit. It looked sharp, and the battery-powered Quartz Drive was advertised as highly accurate, and with my Tasco 80 gone, I needed a grab & go kit. The 1000 gave decent views (the eyepieces had the same look & quality as those bundled with the Pentax "J Series" fracs), but what really impressed me was the mount & tripod -- about as light as the 1978 Tasco's, but with much more accurate tracking.
Thinking back on the 1000, I pounced on Marc's ad for a Mizar AR-1 EQ, convinced that it was "just like" the old 1000. It's not -- shows how bad my memory is! While both are Hino/Mizar products from roughly the same period, I see some improvements: Metal axis lock levers vs. plastic (I had one crack on the 1000 -- fixed with Krazy Glue!); metal knobs for setting latitude & azimuth; and, best of all for my purposes, a less proprietary polar drive assembly. Like the Vixen Polaris, the AR-1 has a pre-tapped hole at about the right distance from a slo-mo shaft to attach a cheap 9V AstroMaster-type drive -- the same ones I use successfully on both my Polaris mounts.
Who says you can't go home again? Shoot! But this time, it'll be either a 1960s Swift 838, 1984 Takahashi FC-50, or 1980s Pentax J-60 riding on a Mizar mount.