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#26 Russell Smith

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 05:10 PM

I'll post twice.
"What is the first classic mount that you were totally satisfied with?"
This one I picked up in a local pawn shop.
for the complete kit. Jason 313.
Rock solid for light 60mm visual use. clock drive and a green laser.
Sounds like a coffee grinder and keeps the image in the eyepiece for 20+ minutes.

And yes, it makes me giggle.
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Posted 20 March 2020 - 05:44 PM

I second the votes for the Unitron 140 alt az as well as the 142 gem

 

I am still impressed with the Vixen Great Polaris  and the GP2 but  my guess is that the GPDX is the high water mark of those solid older Vixen mounts...


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:13 PM

My 2.5" shaft Optic craft mount was also great for a 8" F/8.  Not as old as the classics i listed above. 



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:15 PM

Hi Brent,

The optical tube is still in pieces and I never did open the box from Steve Swayze with the refigured

primary.

I did assemble the mount for 'sky trials' and it passes with a A+

Robert

 

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I had a 2" shaft Starliner mount that did very good with a 10" F/8.3 Newt. Also the Meade 1.5" shaft RG mount was very good.


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#30 CHASLX200

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:18 PM

My original Cave mount(1979) with 1.5 inch shafts was very wobbly and a few years ago I got an older (about from 1968) 2.5 inch mount. It is rock solid even with a heavier tube from the original (I extended it about a foot) as well as 30 pounds of weights added to the front of the mount (to balance it). These two pictures are of the same telescope on the same pier. I am no longer scared to touch the tube because of vibrations. I viewed Venus a few days ago and the big mount tracked beautifully keeping Venus in the eyepiece for 30 minutes at a time.

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That looks like my old 2.5" mount.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

The Celestron CI700 earned my respect when it held a C14 without issue.   C11 mount has been around long enough to be classic, I think ?


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:25 PM

Up until yesterday I would have said my Schaefer AT-9. Rock solid modified Porter design that can carry 100+ lbs of scope. From the 80's I think, maybe earlier, but not sure. Better than my custom Meade DS-16 with the 11.3" Byers drive, and way better than my unrestored Cave 1962 Observatory pier model (1.5'/2" axis model). But now its this mount also from the 90's is my new baby:

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The Astro-Physics AP900QMD. Not as much capacity as the AT-9 but lighter and easier to deal with. I am preparing an old school pedestal for it composed of a set of restored Parks pedestal legs with lockable wheels and levelers, a 6"x48"x1/4" alloy pipe, some re-purposed CGEM pier adapter parts, and an AP pier top plate adapter. At this stage I only need my drill press and some hardware. Might drill the top of my SkyShed pier for the AP adapter also in case I decide to mount it out back permanently. Now I own all the QMD models except the AP1200QMD. One was listed only a few days ago but shipping from CA would have been frightening. That is my 12" Casady plate holder on it now. Need more weights however, although I could put one of my AP400/600 counterweight shafts on it as I have a total of 30# of weights for one of those.

Them older QMD's are killers for sure and about near classic age.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:57 PM

The Celestron CI700 earned my respect when it held a C14 without issue.   C11 mount has been around long enough to be classic, I think ?

Specially with encoders and polar scope!


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:08 PM

Specially with encoders and polar scope!

I agree that the CI-700 is going to be a very nice classic.  I  have no plans to ever get rid of mine.

 

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:21 PM

That looks like my old 2.5" mount.

It is.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:49 PM

Specially with encoders and polar scope!

Oh yes.  I converted one and put a gemini control unit on it.  


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:50 PM

It is.

That mount travels more than most of uslol.gif  I hope it is in safe hands now.


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Posted 21 March 2020 - 07:33 AM

It is.

Not sure why the balance was so off in DEC. That is why i sold it.  No tube would balance in DEC.


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Posted 23 March 2020 - 03:30 PM

I really like the Super Polaris' capability of switching to Alt-Az.  Probably my favorite all-around small mount.


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Posted 23 March 2020 - 03:33 PM

The old regular Polaris will do that. On mine I have remove the polar scope first.
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Posted 23 March 2020 - 03:46 PM

Classic Mounts that have tripod hubs    are all the rage


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Posted 23 March 2020 - 06:08 PM

Also my AP800 was very nice and glad it was non GO-TO. I don't want to be forced into a set up every time i use a mount to view one or two objects. Seems everything today is GO-TO.  Now i was thrilled with GO-TO back in 1997 with my first LX200.  Just don't want GO-TO these days.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 12:22 AM

The Pentax MS-5 GEM that I purchased new in 1988 while stationed in Japan has performed amazingly well for over 30 years with a PE of < 2" and a capacity of 60 kg.

 

 

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:31 AM

What is the first classic mount that you were totally satisfied with? …………………………..

Bill.

The first would have to be the Zeiss T- Mount that came with our Telementor scope. I love the build quality, and beside being a GEM, it also functions as a superb Alt - Az mount.  

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 03:54 PM

A real classic mount, the Schaefer AT-9.

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:58 PM

This has got to be one of the most elegant, the crescent mount made by Brashear around 1900.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 05:10 PM

This has got to be one of the most elegant, the crescent mount made by Brashear around 1900.

Ooooooh !  I like that. waytogo.gif


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 05:39 PM

This has got to be one of the most elegant, the crescent mount made by Brashear around 1900.

Yes, it is beautiful as well as elegant: I presume that the inner section of the crescent with the RA etc slides/rotates within the outer section of said crescent for latitudinal adjustments..?



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Posted 25 March 2020 - 05:59 PM

A real classic mount, the Schaefer AT-9.

 

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I don't think one of them mounts have ever been in FL. Always wanted one but they were always in Cali.


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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:11 PM

The first would have to be the Zeiss T- Mount that came with our Telementor scope. I love the build quality, and beside being a GEM, it also functions as a superb Alt - Az mount.  

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Got to love those Zeiss T mounts.  Still have a few laying around.  Hard to part with.  The build quality is superb.  The tripods are what  a tripod should be.  


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