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Is This A Good Mount/Scope Combination?

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#1 Gen 1:16

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 01:47 PM

A Losmandy AZ8 and an Orion CC8 Classical Cassegrain.

I'm primarily interested in the pairing of these two components.

 

The Orion CC8 with finder scope and eyepieces will weigh approximately 21 pounds.

The Losmandy is rated for 35 pounds.

 

Will be used for Moon and Planetary visual viewing only.

No astro-photography.  Limited DSO observing.

 

 



#2 Tapio

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 01:55 PM

Instrument Weight Capacity 35 LBS per side - so you can get another scope on the other side.

So yes, I think it will work. Just needs counterweights.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 07:22 AM

Instrument Weight Capacity 35 LBS per side - so you can get another scope on the other side.

So yes, I think it will work. Just needs counterweights.

Another scope?.............Hmmm.



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Posted 24 January 2021 - 11:55 AM

Gen 1:16,

 

I use a Losmandy GM-8 with either an ATM 8" classical Cassegrain

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or an 8" Newtonian.

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The mount itself is fine with either scope.  This is the gear I use at home, deep in a white zone.  I also observe the moon and planets with these scopes as deep sky is unsatisfying to me with so much light pollution in my driveway.  Note, the Newtonian is surprisingly heavy.  I haven't put it on a scale, but I'd guess close to thirty pounds.  It's still not a problem for the GM-8.

 

I think the AZ8 will be fine.  I hope you enjoy your new gear.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 12:28 PM

I just received an Orion cc 8” and I am waiting for the new Losmandy G811g mount to arrive. I did some initial research on the AZ8. I don’t have hands on experience with the A-Z but on paper the 35 pound capacity and other comments that I found suggest it would more than handle it plus a second small scope. OTA(s) balance may be the challenge. Classical Cass coupled with a diagonal, extensions if needed, and big heavy low power EP are really stern heavy and may require front counter adjustable weighting.

I went with the eq mount for tracking, weight of a good sized guide scope, and AP work.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:19 PM

Classical Cass coupled with a diagonal, extensions if needed, and big heavy low power EP are really stern heavy 

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 10:02 AM

Instrument Weight Capacity 35 LBS per side - so you can get another scope on the other side.

So yes, I think it will work. Just needs counterweights.

 

 

I think with the right counterweights everything will balance okay.

 

I'm looking for a manual scope mount (no electronics) for the visual viewing of the Moon and planets.

Either an alt/azimuth mount or an equatorial mount that can handle up to about 25 pounds.

 

The Losmandy AZ8 is the best I've found so far.

 

I've settled on the Orion CC8 Classical Cassegrain, now if I can just find a mount to carry it.?




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