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I'm selling this very nice condition Vixen GP mount which comes complete with twin MT1 motor drives and handset, polar scope and original aluminium tripod with accessory tray. It also has an original green counterweight (not the small white one shown) can check the weight at the weekend.

The mount functions very well and smoothly, copes with my C9.25 for visual albeit on an EQ6 tripod. Some may say that an EQ is not needed for visual but I find it excellent for planetary, lunar and solar observing where the simple tracking keeps the target centred and allows you to draw out more detail. Also very suitable for imaging of course although I have never used it for that. The MT1 motors are limited to x32 slew rate max, but again I find this ideal for panning across the solar or lunar surface at high power.

I am away until the weekend so can post better pictures then.

Looking for £250 ono collected or I can look to meet halfway at reasonable distance from either Walton-on-Thames or Reading. Will also pack and ship at cost.

I will include the cable controls free and the quick release clutches for an additional £50.

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Oh damn ... I've been here 5 minutes and have already seen something I want (for astro photography) ... that's a tidy mount ...

Questions:

  • What controller comes with this mount ... Sky Sensor 2000? or different?
  • It's says EQ6 above ... is that bigger than an EQ5?
  • If EQ5 compatible could it have a Synsync upgrade?

I will obviously need something with PC control capabilities, hence the EQ5 upgrade question ...

Oh bum ... just re-read the description ... that tripod shown is not the original one is it? ... as in that's not included? ...

cheers,
Martin

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8 hours ago, AstroMadd said:

Oh damn ... I've been here 5 minutes and have already seen something I want (for astro photography) ... that's a tidy mount ...

Questions:

  • What controller comes with this mount ... Sky Sensor 2000? or different?
  • It's says EQ6 above ... is that bigger than an EQ5?
  • If EQ5 compatible could it have a Synsync upgrade?

I will obviously need something with PC control capabilities, hence the EQ5 upgrade question ...

Oh bum ... just re-read the description ... that tripod shown is not the original one is it? ... as in that's not included? ...

cheers,
Martin

I'm sure Stu will be along shortly but in the mean time.......

My guess is it is either a DD1 or DD3 controller

The Vixen GP is the original and best "EQ5"

As far as I am aware it can be upgraded with a Synscan upgrade https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/synscan-pro-goto-version-3-upgrade-kit-for-eq5.html although there is a very slight difference in the mounts dimensions so the additions may be a tight or slightly loose fit.

The pic does not show the original tripod which is aluminium.

 

HTH

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Thanks SB ...

Hmmm interesting ... those GOTO upgrade kits can get expensive ... if I get the mount and then the drive, it will start to fall in line with the cost of the average priced £400-£500 EQ5 goto packages, that's on eFlea ...

I need to play with some electronics to find a cheaper way to drive the EQ5 with GOTO ...

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My apologies for the delayed reply.

The mount comes with a DD3 controller (although I do need to confirm this when I get home, may be DD1), anyway it is not a SkySensor.

The EQ6 tripod and pillar are NOT included, but the original Vixen Aluminium tripod and accessory tray are.

I have previously fitted an iOptron goto kit to this mount which worked very well, and believe that the EQ5 upgrade kits work fine too, with perhaps some tolerance issues to deal with as mentioned already by Nick.

The GP is very nicely engineered and smooth, backlash seems well controlled.

I would be prepared to split the motors off and sell the mount on its own so that it makes it a better deal for upgrading to goto, I would sell the MT1 motors and controller separately.

I would do the head on its own with polar scope, no motors or tripod for £150 collected.

Stu

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Hey Stu,

Will this mount fit or fix on to a standard photographer's tripod somehow? ... I have a very sturdy 'pro' tripod I use for general use ... if not, how much would the original Vixen Aluminium tripod be? ...

Or would you take £200 (as in ono) on the original deal, in your 1st post above (minus clutches of course) ...

Plus, would you still do the half way trip on this new deal? ... yep I'm after a cheeky bargain lol ...

I am actually looking for a ready motorised mount for my initial start (venture) into Astrophotography ...

cheers,
Martin

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