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#1 Squigly1965

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Posted 25 July 2022 - 03:57 AM

I have gearwise
William Optics ZS61
IOptron RC6
Meade DSI 4 Mono
QhyCFW3
Lumicon 2" easyguider OAG
Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2

I'd like to be able to switch between the scopes. Atleast initially.
Wanting to know which mounts I should be looking for. Likely be buying it used.
Thank you for help and guidance

#2 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 25 July 2022 - 07:05 AM

What's your budget?



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Posted 25 July 2022 - 11:47 AM

Planewave L-600 

 

with a wedge


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Posted 25 July 2022 - 02:50 PM

To suggest a specific model it would be really useful to know your budget.

In any case a 20kg-class mount would be fine



#5 Squigly1965

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Posted 27 July 2022 - 04:11 PM

I’m looking I guess around $2k.  Hoping to find a used one that fills the need. The RC6 is 20lbs roughly by itself  would a 20kg mount be adequate?

I have an Meade LX85 (EQstar belt drive) I’ve tried with the ZS61 and it didn’t seem to do well. Only about half the subs were usable. And the stars were oblong. Might have been bad alignment. I have a large tree blocking my view of Polaris. It did track well. Maybe I was going for to long exposures as well at 8min. 

Sorry for my slow response. Work and commute eating up my time right now. 
thanks for your time and help
 



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Posted 27 July 2022 - 04:42 PM

Heavy but proven as a quality mount for most owners is the EQ6R-Pro.. Total capacity 44LBS.. I am running my RASA 8 on it with good guiding results.


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Posted 27 July 2022 - 08:06 PM

I love my RCX, though it certainly isn't as popular as an EQ-6.  I got mine used for about $2k.  It's heavy though.  The handles make it easy to move.  I've gone unguided for 60 seconds at 1000mm focal length with no problem.


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Posted 27 July 2022 - 08:37 PM

Yeah…..my CGX is heavy…..but as Boris says “ a sign of reliability” lol



#9 Squigly1965

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Posted 27 July 2022 - 09:08 PM

Are there any in that payload range I should steer clear of?

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Posted 28 July 2022 - 06:15 AM

The RC6 is less than 15lbs with the finder and included vixen plate so an EQ-6R or CGX would be more than enough. The CGX doesn’t even break a sweat with my C9.25 or 8” F4 Newtonian and associated gear including 19” D plates which weigh as much as a small frac.

 

My second suggestion……DON’T BUY USED! when it comes to the larger mounts. First, they’re heavy and shipping will be cost prohibitive. Second….lots of people get in there and tweak and tune and adjust and whatnot and then when it doesn’t perform as intended, they sell it OR out of the box it was trouble. Unless you can find as local seller and a performance demonstration, buy new and register with the company for warranty. My CGX out of the box has been perfect and I’m glad this is the one item I’ve purchased new


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#11 Squigly1965

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Posted 28 July 2022 - 06:41 PM

I'm kinda looking at the ZWO AM5 as a possible 🤔

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Posted 28 July 2022 - 07:28 PM

That’s an intriguing mount. I’m not sure I’ve seen any results from it yet. Haven’t checked abin though. That would be a good place to start.
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Posted 28 July 2022 - 10:19 PM

Good point. I'll check around.
Only ones I've seen are from reviewers.

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Posted 02 August 2022 - 07:24 PM

Ended up going with a Vixen SXD2
Guess I need to start making my pier🤔
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Posted 03 August 2022 - 05:13 PM

Congrats



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Posted 04 August 2022 - 06:32 AM

Nice mount, guides well.

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 02:21 AM

Thanks it should arrive Sunday. 




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