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#1 zubenelgenubi1961

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 02:14 PM

I have just purchased a 180mm Orion Mak with the SkyView Pro mount.  In my opinion, the mount is just barely sturdy enough to support it, and I don't think the True Track drive that attaches to the mount works well.  Any suggestions for an upgrade?  One note:  I don't like go to mounts- prefer old fashioned, but with an integrated clock drive.  I don't see any mount currently made that would really fit the bill, but perhaps I missed something.



#2 photoracer18

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 02:41 PM

You would likely have to buy something used like the old non-go-to Atlas or a non Gemini GM8/G9.



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 03:08 PM

With the add-on drive motors, would this one work? 

 

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#4 zubenelgenubi1961

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 03:20 PM

CG-4 probably not enough.



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 08:31 AM

I used a C9.25 on a Vixen GP. It was a bit shaky for visual. The Orion 180mm Mak weighs much less (16lb vs 22lb for the C9.25) so I suspect a Celestron AVX which is rated a bit higher than your SkyViewPro will do.

 

I wouldn't give up on the SVP just yet though.  Yes, the drive is horrible and has a lot of slack, but I think with better legs and the plywood tray and threaded rod trick it can be made to work for zero money.

 

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