What a most enjoyable thread to read on a Sunday afternoon. So many terrific experiences and photos shared.
Having a room full of small refractors, a suitable, lightweight yet stable and easy to use mount has been a challenge to find. Years ago, a Vixen Mini PortaMount was purchased, but did not come through on the stability end, when my ED80 was put in the saddle. Being undermounted, the ED80 was just too heavy and image shake too much of a problem. Also, balance and clutch adjustment were difficult.
This problem now seems solved. Recently, a Meade StarPro 70mm AZ showed up here, after a long back-order wait. At $129 (now $149) it has the lightweight, stable and easy to use mount Inhave been looking for. And, it comes with a pretty nice little 70mm, f/10 that has deep green lens coatings and 3 baffles in the tube.
Ordered back in early November, it was a long wait, but well worth it in every aspect. After all, patience is a requirement for adtronomy.
With the 70mm (2.4lbs. OTA) and easy on the controls, settle time is 1.5 - 2 seconds or less.
With the ED80 (~6.5lbs. OTA w/tube rings & dovetail) and easy on the controls, 2.5-3 seconds settle time. With a bump, 3-4 seconds.
Edited by Veridian, 14 March 2021 - 08:48 PM.