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#26 MarkMittlesteadt

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 04:48 PM

I've owned the AZGTi mount for a while with many different scopes. But I only bought the head and instead use my own tripods...I experience zero damping. It is totally vibration free.

 

Either my 2" steel legged tripod with a DIY 2" galvanized pipe pier extension...

 

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Or my lightest tripod...a modded aluminum surveyor's tripod...

 

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If I'm at home and viewing from my back yard, I don't use a tripod...

 

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#27 planedriver

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 05:51 AM

Hello, 

Can support the SW AZ GTi mount one SW ED80/600 Evostar model? Without vibrations? 

Thanks

Paul

No issues at all even with a bino with two zooms. Just observed the Armstrong-crater from the trio recently with this setup. Andras

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#28 jkelly

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 08:20 AM

I have been using the AZ-GTI since I started 3 years ago.

It is mounted on a SW stainless steel tripod.

The thing I like best is the small size and weight.

I can easily carry it in and out assembled and position it on my 3 ground marks.

Polar alignment and focus with the ASIair is 5 - 10 minutes.

An upgrade is in the future, but it will have to be light like an AM5.

 

These are not the greatest images but you can look at my gallery using the AT80ED, 533MC and AZ-GTI.

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#29 Bob Campbell

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 10:08 AM

I recommend buying just the mount head and putting it on a sturdier tripod.  It fits great on my Bogen 475.  Using that combo I've ran 4" F/7 refractors and a 6" SCT w/ 2" accessories just fine.  It can track a planet about 20 min before I need to recenter.  I've even taken 30 seconds pictures with no star trailing in alt az mode w/ those scopes.  It's a very capable mount if it's aligned right and on a good tripod.  

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I got the az-gti used and head only, and with a bogen tripod, it holds my AT80ED very well for EAA. Should be great for visual.

 

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#30 AstroApe

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 03:26 PM

One of the actually cool things about the tripod that comes with the Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi, AZ5, AZ Pronto and maybe other SW mounts is that you can take advantage of that black plastic triangular accessory tray / leg brace that "ronrrm" above has left off the tripod in Post #20 above. I used a 1.25" hole saw and made six holes for 1.25" eyepieces in the tripod I got with my SW AZ Pronto

The previous owner of my AZ-GTi had tried this awesome mod on the tray. Unfortunately they don't do too well of a job :lol: I'm not sure what they'd tried to hack through it with but it wasn't an arbor & hole saw. Now the tray has two rough uneven holes that might hold a .965 EP in one and a 3" in the other.

 

 

I recommend buying just the mount head and putting it on a sturdier tripod.  It fits great on my Bogen 475.  Using that combo I've ran 4" F/7 refractors and a 6" SCT w/ 2" accessories just fine.  It can track a planet about 20 min before I need to recenter.  I've even taken 30 seconds pictures with no star trailing in alt az mode w/ those scopes.  It's a very capable mount if it's aligned right and on a good tripod.  

 

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I got the az-gti used and head only, and with a bogen tripod, it holds my AT80ED very well for EAA. Should be great for visual.

 

 

 

Bob

 

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I second the recommended for a Manfrotto or Bogen tripod to pair with the AZ-GTi mount. I use mine on it's factory tripod and a Bogen 3046 that's older than I am, and there's definitely an improvement on the photo tripod vs the factory one.

 

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