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#1 TonyMan

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 12:37 PM

I bought a used Skyview Pro 100 refractor with an ED 80 focuser in it. I was looking around for a mount and unfortunately don't have a lot of money to put into it right now. Looking at the Orion EQ-1 Equatorial Telescope Mount it says it's good for up to 7 lbs. The weight of the scope, diagonal, and 2" eyepiece comes to 7 lbs. 11 oz. so that would be a bit iffy. I also saw a used Celestron Powerseeker 127 reflector at a good price and was thinking the mount for that would probably be able to handle the weight of my scope since that tube weighs 22l lbs. However, it looks like it might not be as stable as the Orion.

 

Looking for opinions on the stability and weight capabilities of those mounts.

 

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#2 Hesiod

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 04:33 PM

None of those mount can really handle a 4"..
If are tight on money probably the best options are a "pipe mount" or, if can find one at a suitable price, a cg4/eq3

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:47 PM

orion mount complements orion scope:

https://www.telescop...160/p/10105.uts

 

cheaper than premium eyepiece.



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:25 AM

if you want equatorial:

https://www.cloudyni...e-mount-tripod/



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 08:41 AM

TonyMan, after having the EQ-2 briefly, I can't recommend either the EQ-1 or EQ-2 for anybody or any telescope.  The mounts both use a single 1/4"-20 bolt for attaching the scope which is not secure: it allows the scope to rotate on the mount.  The mount heads are OK, but only OK.  The tripod supplied with them is nearly worthless.  It is shakey, and the brackets used to hold the extending part of the legs are plastic: mine eventually broke.

 

I still have the 4" Maksutov I first bought, but that EQ-2 mount is long gone.



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 09:32 AM

https://www.telescop...ope/p/24714.uts
 

Here's just the mount for $299... it's manual with manual controls

https://www.telescop...ope/p/24714.uts

To get a reasonable view through the telescope you need a stable tripod and a mounting which can handle not just the weight but the flexure due to the length of the tube itself.  On a budget something like Exos Nano would be OK at just under $150 as a starting point for visual only.  It's #15 capacity so should be OK.  Full manual, inexpensive. 

https://www.highpoin...l-exosnanot1-00   


 



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Posted 26 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

Thanks for all the info. Right now I'm kinda tossed between the Orion Astroview EQ Telescope Mount & Tripod on the classified and the Explore Scientific FirstLight EXOS Nano Equatorial Mount w/Steel ST1 Tripod. I'm waiting on a reply from the classified, it looks like the better of the two, but concerned on how much shipping would cost.




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