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djpaul

Show me your Giro Mount

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Looking to get a giro mount.

Would be good to see some in use and your thoughts on your particular model.

I was considering the Altaire Sabre mount.

Cheers Paul

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Here are some of the Giro-style mounts that I've owned. I have retained the Skytee II as it's proved the most capable of all of them. Not perfect but overall it has the highest capacity for it's weight and does the best job of holding my 130mm F/9.2 triplet refractor steady at high powers. I've enjoyed the other Giro-types that I've owned though :icon_biggrin:

 

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Thanks John

What did you think og the Altaire Sabre?

Paul

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The one I had was good Paul but the Ercole (pic 1) was better and the Skytee II better still. I rated the Sabre that I had (a mk II) about the same as the Giro II/III (not sure which it is ?) that I used to have (pics 3 and 6). The black mount in pics 2 and 4 was made by Ambermille Engineering in Norfolk and is one of those items that I really should have hung on to - it was really substantial and steady with a large capacity and very smooth action. The DT clamps were rather basic though.

I've owned a couple of Ercole's which are lovely mounts and I really thought (and hoped !) that they would prove better than the Skytee II but it was not (quite) to be with my largest scope. The Ercoles are super quality though and a lovely mount for an ED120 or even a shorter tubed 130mm frac.

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Here are my Ayo II and the light ts giro.

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I'm told balancing is the key and harder to get right with 2 scopes on a giro mount. 

I will be using a dual mount with an ed120 and zenithstar 73.

Would I be better off with a skytee2?

I have the chance to get a sky tee 2 with adm  saddles and extension pier.

Paul

 

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I use 1 or 2 of those wrist counterweights that you can see in my previous post. They balance the scope perfectly.

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Tal100r on what I think is a Giro ii and very similar if not indeed the very same  as one shown in John's posted photo.

 

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My Tak 100 mounted on a Skytee 2, its a very stable and steady platform with added bonus of slo mo controls - great for high powered targets!

Have just acquired a Giro Ercole second hand but to early to say how good it is in use. 

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Hi

 

I have just been offer this 

Skywatcher Giro 2 

Npt much on google about this model

Anyone know of it or tried it

 

 

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21 hours ago, Piero said:

Here are my Ayo II and the light ts giro.

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Hi Piero, how do you find this combination at higher powers? Which Manfrotto is this?

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2 hours ago, djpaul said:

Hi

 

I have just been offer this 

Skywatcher Giro 2 

Npt much on google about this model

Anyone know of it or tried it

 

 

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First time I’ve seen it looks rather nice, I would like to know more about it.

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Been told it's about 10 years old

 

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Mines the skytee2, the chap I bought it from had a 14kg 250p reflector on it, along with a big old Meade counter weight.. I used it with a 200p for a while, no issues.. now just has to cope with an 4kg refractor.. I've added a adm saddle, long slow mocontrols and extension.. with a home made tripod.. very steady capable mount..

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Can be good value second hand!

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3 hours ago, djpaul said:

Hi

 

I have just been offer this 

Skywatcher Giro 2 

Npt much on google about this model

Anyone know of it or tried it

 

 

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Also known as the Giant Alt-azimuth mount:

https://www.365astronomy.com/Giant-Alt-Azimuth-Telescope-Mount-with-Stainless-Steel-Tripod.html

Mark at Beaufort used to have one - it seemed a pretty stable solid mount. Similar in ability to the Skytee II I think.

 

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Worth buying do you think John.?

Im told it should fit my Skywatcher 1.75 stainless tripod.

Regards Paul

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John

Are these still available to buy new?

Paul

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Here's my old grey giro ii and current red giro iii with matching wine.

 

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Ercole Giro Dual. I often use a Mak with a Frac, and my little Giro 2 mini grab n go thing.

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1 hour ago, djpaul said:

John

Are these still available to buy new?

Paul

Yes - https://www.365astronomy.com/365Astronomy-Giant-Alt-Azimuth-Telescope-Mount-Head-ONLY.html

I think it would fit the EQ5 / HEQ5 tripod.

Apart from a brief go with Marks I've not used one for any length of time. He had a 102mm F/7 refractor on a the time so no strain at all. Its a very similar design to the William Optics EzTouch mount.

 

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3 hours ago, heliumstar said:

Hi Piero, how do you find this combination at higher powers? Which Manfrotto is this?

The Manfrotto model is in my signature. It works fine with my shortest eyepiece f.l. (2.4mm - 150x with the TV60).

My favourite tripod for the TV60 is a video tripod I used some time ago (it's in Italy now holding my mother's binos). It was not easy to use at the zenith because of the tension, but it was very stable for anything else. 

The giro + tripod in the picture are fine with that short telescope though. Light and portable. I use that combo when cycling, but of course it can be taken on a plane easily.

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Thanks Piero, missed the sig. I have 60edf and looking for something like this. Looks like a great combination and Manfrotto 190 is actually quite cheap in comparison to 055. The whole setup with mount for around 300. Not bad and very usable.

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The 055 will be sturdier though. You might get an offer on Amazon.

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Meade ACF 6" on a Giro Mini Ercole / Manfrotto 055

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Another perspective : My DM6 (Discmounts, USA) with a C8 and Maxbright (both long gone)

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16 hours ago, heliumstar said:

Thanks Piero, missed the sig. I have 60edf and looking for something like this. Looks like a great combination and Manfrotto 190 is actually quite cheap in comparison to 055. The whole setup with mount for around 300. Not bad and very usable.

I picked up a new 055 Carbon Fibre 4 section a bit less than £200 on Ebay the other day. It's a great tripod.

 

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