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#1 SDAngler

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:06 AM

I am a newbie.  I purchased a Celestron Astromaster 70 AZ refractor as my low-end grab and go scope, but the mount that came with it is wobbly.  I am looking for a more stable mount and am considering a goto mount if I can fine one that isn't too expensive.  I need help on finding the least expensive goto mount.  Suggestions?    



#2 echobeach

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:16 AM

I would suggest the AZGTi mount from Skywatcher


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#3 Oyaji

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:34 AM

I suggest you take a look at this post:   https://www.cloudyni...ial-goto-mount/


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#4 luxo II

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 04:00 AM

AZGTi or Skywatcher All-View (have to find the latter secondhand, it is no longer available new).


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 08:42 AM

Suspect the only one around at sensible cost is the Az GTi. Will handle the 70, will handle an 80 and people claim 102's on it however that I suspect is at or even fractionally over the sensible maximum. Not only as it would be heavier but also longer.

 

I have a 102 f/6 and no way would I consider it on my Az GTi.

 

TS used to sell what were in effect Nexstar base units, you added your own OTA. However TS are a long way off and the cost was not a great deal less then the Nexstar itself.

 

iOptron cobes are now too costly. Cannot think of a Meade offering, or a Bresser one. So you choices are somewhat limited to 1.


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:04 AM

ES iEXOS-100, is basically a tracker with both RA and DEC motors and GoTo, with a tripod.  This will allow platesolving, which is a HUGE benefit.


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