What kind of mounts are you guys using or would recommend for a refractor? I'm assuming this would be more for a grab and go? I like the idea of just going out for 30 minutes for some quick views.
I use 2 refractors for NV observing. One is my Tak TSA 120 which is also my general use refactor for the moon, sun and planets. It's also great on deep sky with my intensifier as a medium 900mm focal length scope. I can add a Barlow for 1800mm and a reducer for around 625mm and those focal lengths cover a wide variety of objects.
My other refractor is an inexpensive 102mm F5 achromat, and at 500mm native or around 350mm focal length reduced it is the scope I use for low power, wide field, night vision observing.
I have a C8 for small objects (globulars etc.) or when I want more focal length. And I have a 50mm F3.75 guide scope that I use for ultra wide field, night vision, "handheld" observing. I had the 50mm out last night for a short handheld session. And even at my Bortle 8-9 location I was still able to easily see the large arc in the Veil Nebula
All my scopes used for night vision are used on simple, manual, alt/az mounts: A twin scope Desert Sky Astro DSV-3 or a single scope UA Macrostar.
Below is my 102mm F5 refractor on the UA Macrostar alt/az mount (the Tak TSA 120 also uses this mount). A simple, lightweight, easy to set up, yet "very powerful" deep sky night vision scope/mount system for wide field observing. And yes 2 trips (maybe a 3rd if I bring out a chair) and you are ready to travel through the galaxy and beyond!
Edited by bobhen, 08 September 2021 - 12:13 PM.