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#1 gs2offroad

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 04:21 PM

I noticed on the new Explore Scientific First Light series some have a "Twiglight Nano" mount I have not seen before.  Does anyone know any of the specs on this mount?

Looks like a sleeker version of the Twilight I or Portamount.

 

 

https://telescopes.n...muth-mount.html



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:24 PM

I noticed on the new Explore Scientific First Light series some have a "Twiglight Nano" mount I have not seen before.  Does anyone know any of the specs on this mount?

Looks like a sleeker version of the Twilight I or Portamount.

 

 

With the smaller size comes less carrying capacity. Looks like the mini version of the Orion Versago II. Little tripod, base seems very weak, and no slow-mo (you really want a slow-mo especially with a scope like that mak). Unless you want something for a small refractor, I think the Twilight I/Porta are much better options, even at twice the cost (in the case of the Twilight I) over this Nano mount (retails for $80 just by itself).


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 08:20 AM

Heya,

 

I've been eyeballing this one. I'm always looking for the lightest sturdy mount for a visual grab & go. But I like to over-mount. So a light mount still has to be able to handle and dampen a short refractor to me as that's the ultimate grab & go (even a small SCT, Mak or Reflector to me are not nearly as portable as a small 50mm~80mm refractor can be, especially with wide angle and short focal lengths with instant dampening on a good mount). $80 is a great price point for a lot of inexpensive grab & go setups. But I'm curious how well it will handle scopes. I wouldn't put a 1000mm or longer focal length on there. The Twilight I can handle 1500mm fairly well, but unless you are on pads and fairly delicate, it takes it a second to dampen that focal length. Where as, it handles 400~800mm a lot better. It handles 400mm so well that even when focusing it barely wobbles. I love that.

 

I'm curious mainly how the Nano will work with a ST80 or equivalent short refractor as that's what I'd want it for. I look forward to reviews of it with short refractors.

 

I currently use the Twilight I and use a ST80 and a C6 for visual mostly. And it handles it great. I am considering building a lighter, smaller version with a short refractor and wil be watching the Nano to see how it works out. That price is just very attractive compared to other sub-$100 mounts that are generally just awful for real scopes. I like fuss-free and fast dampening.

 

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:36 AM

Cometeer,where is it available by itself??.,thanks.,I would like to know more about this mount as well.,what is it's weight limit say on a pier.,

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:15 PM

Here is a little bit of info from ES catalog on page 23

 

https://cdn.shopify....395177091568674


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

Cometeer,where is it available by itself??.,thanks.,I would like to know more about this mount as well.,what is it's weight limit say on a pier.,

 

https://telescopes.n...st1-tripod.html


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:56 PM

Hrm,

 

Brocher says 15lb capacity, shows it can handle 102mm achomat, 80mm apo, 130mm newt, 127mm mak. Not bad. So if you under-shoot it, it should be ok?

 

Looks nice. 1.25" legs.

 

$80?

 

Competes with the $50~70 trash out there.

 

Anyone have one yet?

 

I want a light but sturdy Alt-az for a 114mm newt and 80mm short tube achromat. I need a small cheap buddy to my Twlight I.

 

Will I be the test subject?

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:17 AM

What is the weight of the 102 that it comes with? I have dial-up and neither of the helpful links above would open.,:)

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:10 AM

Dave,

 

According to the Explore Scientific website the AR 102 weighs  10.4 lbs. 

 

According to Astronomics, the AR 102 weighs 11.3 lbs.

 

Neither site states if the weight is for the bare OTA or if with the rings, dovetail, finder etc.  


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:13 PM

Would like to bump this thread.

 

Curious to know how portable the twilight nano is.

 

Would it be suitable for back packing?

 

Would it be suitable for air travel?    Would it have to be in checked baggage?

 

Also, how well do the control work for adjusting position?  That is the manual control.

 

Thank-you for any updates!



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:28 AM

I have ordered one of these mounts for use with a couple of scopes which weigh in around 10lbs. I will let you know once I have tried it out.

 

 

Daniel


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:37 PM

I considered the Nano, but the lack of slow motion controls was a deal breaker for me. So I considered buying the nano simply for the tripod, for my Twilight I mount (for a 102 mak). After speaking with ES, I found that the tripod wasn't compatible with the twilight I mount.:(



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:11 PM

I have ordered one of these mounts for use with a couple of scopes which weigh in around 10lbs. I will let you know once I have tried it out.

 

 

Daniel

Any updates? THanks



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Posted 24 November 2017 - 09:38 AM

As of black friday, this mount is essentially free.

 

... or more exactly, ES is selling an 80mm F8 achromat with this mount, for $99.99



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Posted 24 November 2017 - 01:25 PM

For those in N.America it can be found here also.



#16 Don H

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 06:39 PM

As of black friday, this mount is essentially free.

 

... or more exactly, ES is selling an 80mm F8 achromat with this mount, for $99.99

Has anybody tried one of these yet? Any reply would be appreciated.

 

Regards,

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:34 PM

It's been a bit, but I eventually got one.

 

Looking back, I should have bought one of the deals where you get a cheap scope & the nano for only a few bucks more than the nano on its own. But alas, I really don't need more scopes at this point, as I have 5 right now as it is. So I just bought only the nano mount itself from HighpointScientific.

 

I use it with an Orion ST80 short refractor with a laser pointer and a large wide eyepiece. It handles the weight fine. The mount is very light and simple. I really enjoy it. It's smaller than my Twilight I, but beefy enough to handle a small refractor. I would not bother putting anything bigger on this mount as it will have issues with drifting (I wouldn't bother with a big 90mm that is really long, or a reflector, on this). The short 80's are probably ideal as it is. The mechanism for the mount is not meant to use slow motion, it's just tension. So a long scope will probably drift if not perfectly balanced. My ST80 with a heavy eyepiece doesn't drift. So it's tight enough to handle smaller scopes without worry about sag and drift. Thus my ST80 lives on this mount. We take it out every night we're home that there's something to look at. It's our fun low power sweeper. It can hit Zenith no problem too.

 

Cons: you cannot lock it into position, no slow motion.

 

39000094144_4227c4c5c4_c.jpgDSCF7692 copy by Martin Wise, on Flickr

 

39678154972_e036e050cf_c.jpgDSCF7687 copy by Martin Wise, on Flickr

 

38811412715_d5a6369b12_c.jpgDSCF7689 copy by Martin Wise, on Flickr

 

Very best,


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:19 PM

Very nice. Thanks for the photos and evaluation.  


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 09:56 PM

bump please...

 

Do you think this can handle a 5" 127mm Schmidt–Cassegrain for casual viewing?

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