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#1 25585

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 07:52 AM

Which way is the best to mount a SCT or MCT on a GEM or alt az mount?

 

Would you choose a bar with cradles & rings, trust the OEM kit provided, if any, or go for a particular make & design?



#2 Stu Todd

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:36 AM

Just use a Losmandy dovetail bar. The smaller Vixen type gives me the shivers when a 11" SCT is being held by one...


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#3 Mike G.

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:13 AM

of course there are 2 competing camps here, Alt-Az and GEM.  advantages and disadvantages to both.  you don't indicate what size/weight scope you want to mount so answers are not going to be specific.  also, what your intended use is - something that can be portable or more or less permanently mounted, where you are going to use it, AP or no....

 

kind of like asking 'what kind of car should I buy' with no other specifics.


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 01:34 PM

Agree with MIke G. If you are doing planetary or a few of the smaller DSOs then an Alt-Az will work. For serious long exposure deep sky work you will definitely benefit from a GEM.




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