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#1 Helium90

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 03:18 PM

Hi to all...friends! :) I want to buy a new Az mount for travel..... i want your opinions about Az Baby by Omegon, and the TS-Optics MINi AZ..the prices and the max load are similar...which of the 2 you recommend? The Ts permit to mount an additional bar for use a counterweight,....can i mount it on the AZ Baby too???



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:30 PM

The  € 106.90 Omegon AZ Baby has a "Max. additional load capacity" of 4 kg (8.8 lbs).  The  £179.95  ( € 215.32)   TS Optics Mini AZ mount can supposedly handle up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs.).  Both take a 3/8" Tripod Screw.

 

What exactly do you want to mount on the mount, and what does it weigh?   



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:54 PM

I remember reading somewhere that a counterweight bar can be screwed into the tightening knob on AZ baby, but the thread has a not-so-usual pitch. I don't remember the dimensions though, you'd have to ask astroshop/omegon.



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 04:20 AM

https://www.teleskop...sausgleich.html I mean this ....can i attack it to the az baby? thanks to all for answers! :)



#5 Helium90

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 04:23 AM

8 kg are possible with the counterweight bar....but without? 4?

https://www.teleskop...to-tripods.html this is the same but without counterweight bar? 



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 07:46 AM

1. yes, you should be able to attach it (it's a vixen dovetail bar to vixen clamp)

2. yes, it should be the same.

However, as far as I understand, this doesn't eliminate the excentric load on the azimuth axis, as the counterweight rod would do.

I think Altair Astro sells the TS optics setup with the counterweight for azimuth.



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:44 AM

I remember reading somewhere that a counterweight bar can be screwed into the tightening knob on AZ baby, but the thread has a not-so-usual pitch. I don't remember the dimensions though, you'd have to ask astroshop/omegon.

 

Thanks....astroshop expert say me that it's not possible..the thread have no funcion...confused1.gif confused1.gif confused1.gif  how it's possible????



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 01:38 PM

Thanks....astroshop expert say me that it's not possible..the thread have no funcion...confused1.gif confused1.gif confused1.gif  how it's possible????



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:10 PM

I just received the TS-Optics AZT6 with L-bracket last week, which seems to be one of your options.  To avoid confusion, this is a link to exactly what I purchased:

 

https://www.teleskop...re-Viewing.html

 

First light was a fantastic success for me.  Naturally, I went straight to the maximum load I had intended to use: 120mm F/5 achro, 2" diagonal and 14mm Meade xwa.  This balanced perfectly with 11 lbs of counterweight.  I found altitude action very smooth and damping times very short (at only 43x, mind you).  The azimuth was a sticky but I'm hoping some extra lubricant can help that.  I was able to get finer control by using two hands (left hand outstretched onto the counterweight bar, right hand on the diagonal).

 

I was using this on the Manfrotto 028B with first leg sections extended and the center column nearly all the way raised (I was standing).

 

I also loaded this scope with a 1.25" diagonal, binoviewer and plossl pair, which required only 7 lbs of counterweight.  By then clouds had arrived, so no viewing yet with that setup.

 

My experience with this mount is limited so far, but think I may have finally found sky-sweeping nirvana.  I would like to get my C6 on it for a test of how high I can push the magnification on this mount.




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