If I can ask an amateur question...What mount is presented in these photographs?
I am looking at getting one more mount for a grab and go base for my AT80ED.
NOTE: This is a good thread for comparison data of these awesome refractors. My neighbor has a AT80EDL and will never part with it. When I observe with her those scopes by AT really are sharp. I will be forever grateful to astronomics for providing a quality product. You can NOT go wrong with them. I recommend anyone getting into the hobby to save and seriously look at astronomics.com for a scope. The SvBony offers are gaining traction and I have seen many lately that show some value.
*It is nice to have so many options for entry level and above in astronomy today.
Sorry for the side track here! All have a great day and clear skies to you...Rick
The mount shown in the photo below is this one, a Sky-Watcher AZ Pronto:
The main reason I like this particular manual Alt-Az mount is because you can mount the scope with its Vixen/CG-5 dovetail rail on the bottom. Before I got the SW AZ Pronto I had a Sky-Watcher AZ5 "Heavy Duty" Alt-Az mount, shown below:
The SW AZ5 "Heavy Duty" mount comes with the same stainless steel 1.75" tripod legs and eyepiece tray/leg brace as the Celestron CG-4 GEM, while the "regular" SW AZ5 mount comes with the same lightweight tripod as the SW AZ Pronto. The problem with the SW AZ5, as well as some other medium-capacity Alt-Az mounts like the Vixen Porta II and Explore Sciientific Twilight I, when mounting small refractors like the AT60ED, AT72EDII and the AT70ED (shown below) with their dovetail rails on the side, is that their focuser knobs often hit the side of the mount, preventing the scopes from being able to move forward enough on the mount to balance fore and aft:
A lot of people just rotate the scope in its tube rings so the focuser axis is vertical, such as when using a mount like the SW AZ-GTi that has GoTo and tracking. On the other hand, for many folks it's nice to have the scope mounted with its focuser axis horizontal, like the AT72EDII below:
Edited by Oldfracguy, 14 September 2023 - 05:14 PM.