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#1 sealevel

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:06 AM

Hi All,

If I were to purchase an Alt-Az, goto, computerized mount (battery operated field model) with tripod for a Coronado PST, what would you all recommend? One that is affordable, of course....  I "had" a Meade DS-2000 Meade w/ an Autostar controller that was very easy to use... They no longer make that Meade Mount.... If you can help, it would be much appreciated. Maybe you can send me an info link along with your recommendation..... Thank you, all, in advance...

 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:20 AM

It's quite a bit more expensive than the Meade mount you mentioned, but the iOptron AZ Mount Pro is quite the performer. It has an internal battery, GPS, automatic alignment, among other features. I use it with all the scopes in my sig without issues.

https://www.ioptron....duct-p/8900.htm

Edit: I just saw the "affordable" part...

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:28 AM

I use this
https://optcorp.com/...olarquest-mount

 

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No setup at all, you can use Alkaline or Rechargeable batteries or 12V DC. It will find the sun for you.

 

 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:53 AM

https://www.ioptron....uct-p/8500b.htm

 

I've used these for years...



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:55 AM

It's quite a bit more expensive than the Meade mount you mentioned, but the iOptron AZ Mount Pro is quite the performer. It has an internal battery, GPS, automatic alignment, among other features. I use it with all the scopes in my sig without issues.

https://www.ioptron....duct-p/8900.htm

Edit: I just saw the "affordable" part...

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Thank you.... Will I need a special attachment for my Coronado PST to attach it to the mount?



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:55 AM

I use this
https://optcorp.com/...olarquest-mount

 

plug n play lol.gif

 

No setup at all, you can use Alkaline or Rechargeable batteries or 12V DC. It will find the sun for you.

 

Thank you.... Will I need a special attachment for my Coronado PST to attach it to the mount?

 

Dave R.



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 10:00 AM

https://www.ioptron....uct-p/8500b.htm

 

I've used these for years...

 

Thank you.... Will I need a special attachment for my Coronado PST to attach it to the mount?

 

Dave R.



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 10:16 AM

Hi Dave,

 

I would second the Skywatcher AZ GTi. It will handle your PST and small 80mm refractors in general nicely and is super portable and simple and battery operated in the field. The solar finder version is pretty cool too.

 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 10:25 AM

Just get the Skywatcher standard Az GTi, and fit the Coronado to that.

You may have to add up 2 numbers and tell the software the sum. I did.

 

Then you have a small goto for nightime stuff as well.

The Helio one is the Az GTi with more specialised software

 

The Az GTi uses the standard Skywatcher saddle which may fit the Coranodo or you may need a short divetail to double up and so convert, say $20.

 

But a solar only mount when they do an almost exact parallel one for day and night seems pointless, or at least restrictive.



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 11:54 AM

I wish they would make a heavy duty IOptron or something easy to set up that would handle my setup



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:41 PM

I wish they would make a heavy duty IOptron or something easy to set up that would handle my setup

Heya,

 

The iOptron AZ Pro on 2" legs would do that and it's very portable, handles 30lbs, dual saddle, around $1k USD.

 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:54 PM

I have the Ioptron AZ Pro mount.  It is touchy, needs very good balance.  Had problems with the drive and returned it for service.  Ioptron replaced both drives and the battery.  If not balanced perfectly the drive will jump.  Balanced well and it performs great.



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 04:09 PM

I’ll have a look but “touchy” scares me, don’t like to be in the edge of weight limits . 



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 04:18 PM

I’ll have a look but “touchy” scares me, don’t like to be in the edge of weight limits . 

Not a weight limit issue, it's a balance issue.  Balance is critical with this mount.  After that it tracks well and goto is accurate.



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 05:50 AM

Thank you.... Will I need a special attachment for my Coronado PST to attach it to the mount?

 

Dave R.

A Vixen rail is what the mount uses. I have them on both a 35mm and 60mm scopes. FYI I am purely visual, I do not use these for imaging



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 07:13 AM

A Vixen rail is what the mount uses. I have them on both a 35mm and 60mm scopes. FYI I am purely visual, I do not use these for imaging

Thanks, Apollo.... I bought everything you and others advised... Bingo! I'm ready to rumble. Thanks, again. ;-)

 

Dave R.




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