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#1 Teal'c

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 06:21 PM

Which mounts would you recommend? looking for the most user friendly under 2 grand.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 06:46 PM

Visual? Imaging? I assume visual since you include alt-az. Type of scope / capacity? Your answers will vary based on those values.

 

I have an iOptron AZ Mount Pro and it's pretty dead simple. But even better, it's a good mount. Does a great job with my 4" refractor. It was about $1500 with a Lite-Roc tripod and mini-pier.

 

Others will certainly have other experiences, with other mounts.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:21 PM

Vote #2 for the iOptron AZ Mount Pro.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:33 PM

First question is what scope do you intend to put on top ?

 

If this is for visual I'll suggest two altaz solutions:

 

1. Stellarvue M2C equipped with encoders and Nexus II (from AstroDevices), used as a push-to setup with Sky Safari; this could carry anything from 60mm refractors up to say 200mm SCT or 200mm f/5 newtonian, 120mm refractor. For a tripod, the Berlebach Uni Astro 18 (taller) or shorter Uni Astro 8 (newtonian scope).

 

2. For full GOTO in Altaz mode, Skywatcher AZEQ5, fine for scopes upto 150mm aperture (SCT, mak, newtonian) or 100mm refractor.

 

Unless you're imaging DSO's there really no need for equatorial, and altaz has the benefit that the eyepiece and finderscope will always be in an easily accessible location.

 

And the AZEQ5 can be set up equatorially if the need arises.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:46 PM

Vote number three for the iOptron AZ Mount Pro.

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:49 PM

I have a Skywatcher AZEQ 5.  Only used it in EQ mode.  It's good.  $1500 or so.


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Posted 12 June 2021 - 07:59 PM

Mostly visual but some basic DSLR photography as well. The main scope will be an Altair 125EDF refractor.



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Posted 12 June 2021 - 09:06 PM

Vote number four for the iOptron AZ mount pro.

 

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 09:15 PM

I have the Orion Az-EQ 5 and it handles both my C8 and Es102 triplet with no issues, both at the same time in AZ mode. I have GPS and StarSense for SW on mine, what a great setup for visual or EAA.



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Posted 20 June 2021 - 03:07 PM

Best of both worlds Skywatcher AZ/EQ 5 GT



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Posted 20 June 2021 - 09:30 PM

Vote #2 for the iOptron AZ Mount Pro.

Any idea of when these will be back in stock>?



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Posted 21 June 2021 - 01:00 AM

My Skywatcher eq6-r was $1595 new.  I paid $1425 on sale last year.    Went back up to $1595 right after I bought mine.  Lol   I love it,, it's easy to use and set up and dead accurate tracking and pointing.   Belt drive system is quiet too.   

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