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#1 Nippon

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:17 AM

How many still use their Celestron and Meade SCTs on their original pre goto fork mounts 



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:50 PM

How many still use their Celestron and Meade SCTs on their original pre goto fork mounts 

 

I do with my astronomy students. 

 

Personally? I was over wedge mounted non-goto forks about ten years ago. :)



#3 BGeoghegan

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:02 PM

I used a Meade LX-50 fork for about 3 years before deforking and going go-to last Spring. I could see the advantage in teaching, though. An equatorial fork gives a clearer illustration of R.A., Dec. and tracking than a German mount does.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:14 PM

About 7 years ago I got my first fork mounted C8. I  didn't have enough money to buy a GOTO mount, so I pretended it was like my dob that had setting circles. I needed to hand calculate a conversion chart to take the hour angle markings to degrees, but it worked out OK. It was a fun project to play with. In the end, I found it was much faster to star hop using my right angle finder.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:32 PM

That's what I thought. I've been tempted to put my C8 back on it's spur driven fork mount to enjoy the good old days. But perhaps the only thing good about the old days is I was a lot younger.


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#6 SteveInNZ

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:00 AM

I just bought a 4" LX3. It doesn't even have a hand controller. Once I get around to collimating it, I'll be using it as is (plus a laser pointer).

 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:15 AM

I did for a couple of months when I got back into the hobby a year and a half ago.

#8 GlendaleGuy

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:42 AM

How many still use their Celestron and Meade SCTs on their original pre goto fork mounts 

   Guilty as charged. I find it a real pain to have to hand guide it for deep space photos, but am now settling in to use it for planet photos. Eventually I will go to a modern mount, but not real soon. That said, I still love the old set up and it's really great for visual use.




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