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I am looking at various refractor telescopes (I already have a great Dobsonian!) and was wondering which mount would be best to start with. I'm not interested in computer control but not sure which type mount would be best to consider.
Been looking for neat solution to taking small scope abroad using my stuff and not paying out for a dedicated set up. Have a skywatcher finder which with a barlow and 90 * gives good results. I was looking at an Orion mini eq tabletop tripod but hard to get hold of. Play a bit of music in a band and have a few microphone stands so got to work with a hack saw. I used a mic holder as in photo they are about £3 and cut the holder part off and filed flat. Drilled hole through to accept large camera thread (£3 screw bolt) this allows shortened micstand to fit to the alt az mount. (Mic stand 15 of ebay. ) the dovetail was expensive as i wanted green and got from germany £30 with couier the white finder bracket from tring harrisons £6 so thats £60 but if i went for black dovetail less than £40 seeing i had mic stand already quite a cheap solition the stand is very stable and provided the telescope is moved clockwise when rotating freehand the threads stay tight with the fine controls either direction works well overall wiegt is bit over 3 kg and will fit in a standard aluminium camera case hope this if useful Mark
HI All, I have an entertaining video to share with you which is perfect for those just starting out and wanting to taste a bit of astrophotography without spending a lot of money. I image from London and managed to get a pretty good shot of Orion for just £150. This video runs through where I bought the equipment, why I bought it and how I used it to capture a Orion and some of the trials and tribulations I had to deal with on the way. Any questions please ask! Enjoy! FYI I shot this last year but with Orion now beginning to rise over the rooftops of London I thought this would be a good time to share it.