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#1 MahenSe


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 11:56 AM

Hello everyone!


I am new to astronomy but I have been into stars and stargazing for a while now. This forum has been so invaluable to me with my start into this so many thanks. I just a bought a Orion Starmax 90mm as a starter telescope and I am in the UK so we haven't had too many nice nights to get some decent views in so far but I am excited.


I have a question about tripods. The telescope came with a table top mount but i want to upgrade that to a tripod (nothing fancy but useable until I save up enough for a GOTO tripod) can anyone recommend a good one to use for the Orion? Does a mount for a Meade AT70 fit the telescope? Sorry if these are rather basic questions. 






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Posted 21 February 2019 - 11:59 AM

Welcome to the Cloudy Nights community, Mahen!

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:19 PM

Welcome !

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 02:08 PM

Welcome to CN, Mahen,


I don't have enough experience with any specific mount to give you a qualified opinion- others will be along shortly to offer suggestions. I think that, as an intermediate solution, you may be inclined to go for a photographic mount , and if you do, I'd suggest you find the sturdiest, "beefiest"  mount you wallet can take. I chose a Manfretto that served me well, and it now serves it's as a nice binocular mount as I have upgraded. I'm sure  that as you progress, you'll be able to sell the photo mount far easier than trying to get rid of a poor astro mount.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 03:32 PM

No, the Meade 70mm go-to mount will not accept a 90mm anything.  It simply wouldn't fit between the tines.


The Orion is also sold, and equipped, with a photo-tripod of sorts, and a rather flimsy one at that, for extra money... 




I wouldn't have chosen that particular kit, so it's good that you didn't either.  This would be ideal...




ES products are sold under the name "Bresser" in Europe.  A Maksutov has a long focal-length, for medium-to-high powers.  This kit is available there in the UK, and it comes with the Nano alt-azimuth mount, and an achromat with a short focal-length, for low-to-medium powers.  It wouldn't be a waste, as the refractor would complement the Maksutov, and you would have the Nano mount for both...




Another option would be an EQ-2 mount...




With that one, you can add an inexpensive 9V-battery motor-drive, and track any object automatically and hands-free...



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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:16 PM

Welcome to Cloudynights - and good scope choice!


A couple of mounts that could pair well - Vixen Mini Porta:





Skywatcher AZ Pronto:





These both have what are known as 'slow-motion controls' - which allow you to precisely point the telescope in a particular direction. Very useful to perfectly center an object in the field of view

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:52 PM

Looks like it has a Vixen dovetail so you have a huge variety of mounts you can attach it to.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 08:04 PM

Good call there, Scott, as that EQ-2 that I had suggested would require the additional purchase of tube-rings for the Maksutov; also, good call on the Sky-Watcher alt-azimuth, Simon.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:53 AM

Welcome to CN!  I have a Starblast 4.5 reflector that came with a tabletop mount.  The tabletop mount got old after a while, so I put it on a Versago II AltAz mount with rings and a dovetail.  This mount made it much easier to use and it's a good solid mount.  I also tried a Versago E-Series AltAz mount, but it's a bit wobbly and the AltAz adjustments are either too stiff or too lose, depending on how you adjust them.  The E-Series mount is more suited for a smaller lightweight refractor.  I think you'll need a more steady mount than the E-Series for a heavier 90mm MAK.  Unlike the Starblast 4.5, the Starmax 90 already has a dovetail.  It should easily fit on most mounts that accept a standard dovetail without any modifications.  

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