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Hi,

I’m looking for a good alt/az mount for my new 90 mm refractor.
I love panning the milky way at low power with my naglers and I no more need a motorized mount. I need just a light and trasportable mount but I cannot find the one good for me. The perfect one would be the stellarvue M2 but it is not available in europe. I checked also the possibility of a video head but I’m not sure it will work.

what do you recommend?

thank you

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2 minutes ago, Space Hopper said:

Hi there.

 

I have 3 alt-az mounts myself and consider myself an enthusiast.

But let me show you this first........it may be just what you need

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth-astronomy-mounts/scopetech-mount-zero.html

Thank you. It seems very similar to the Vamo Traveler mount. That was one of the possibilities.

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And 'if you want to push the boat out' further, take a look at this.

If i was to do it all again, and was looking at a premium home grown mount this would be top of my list.

It may be a bit more pricey, but if you were in the future to purchase a bigger scope and maybe have a dual setup in mind this would be ideal.

It works with the latest DSCs with its in built encoders, and they are currently designing a motorised version as an add on. Pretty impressive stuff.

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth-astronomy-mounts/rowan-az100-alt-az-mount.html

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4 minutes ago, 883 said:

Thank you. It seems very similar to the Vamo Traveler mount. That was one of the possibilities.

Indeed. Its virtually identical. And built for travelling with a smallish scope.

It should be ok with a 90mm refractor, assuming its not too long a focal length.

I would advise a decent tripod though.

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2 minutes ago, Space Hopper said:

Indeed. Its virtually identical. And built for travelling with a smallish scope.

It should be ok with a 90mm refractor, assuming its not too long a focal length.

I would advise a decent tripod though.

Very interesting, thank you very much for the informations!

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This is my own lightweight set up.

Its a US made Discmount DM4, on a carbon fibre Gitzo tripod.

Its an easy carry out with one hand, and sets up in seconds.

It will comfortably carry a 4 inch (105mm in my case ) refractor, and performs really well.

Pure ease of use, no motors, no counterweights, no wires, easy panning around my light polluted sky.

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3 minutes ago, Space Hopper said:

This is my own lightweight set up.

Its a US made Discmount DM4, on a carbon fibre Gitzo tripod.

Its an easy carry out with one hand, and sets up in seconds.

It will comfortably carry a 4 inch (105mm in my case ) refractor, and performs really well.

Pure ease of use, no motors, no counterweights, no wires, easy panning around my light polluted sky.

49754668186_041815a879_z.jpg      49755297477_8119428305_z.jpg

Beautiful! Is this mount available in europe? That would be perfect for me.

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Its not stocked anywhere as far as i know, and its an import only from Florida USA.

Straightforward enough, but not very cost effective with our weak UK£.

I already have it's bigger brother, the DM6 and purchased the DM4 as a lightweight alternative for grab / go.

Its nice as well sometimes in our hobby to be able to support a small business who makes a pretty bespoke product, rather than buying in to the Chinese mass market.

I also enjoy bird and nature watching and its ideal for that too.

Discmount, Florida below

http://www.discmounts.com

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2 minutes ago, Space Hopper said:

Its not stocked anywhere as far as i know, and its an import only from Florida USA.

Straightforward enough, but not very cost effective with our weak UK£.

I already have it's bigger brother, the DM6 and purchased the DM4 as a lightweight alternative for grab / go.

Its nice as well sometimes in our hobby to be able to support a small business who makes a pretty bespoke product, rather than buying in to the Chinese mass market.

I also enjoy bird and nature watching and its ideal for that too.

Discmount, Florida below

http://www.discmounts.com

Thanks!

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I use either a Giro Ercole or a Skytee II mount with my refractors from 100mm to 120mm in aperture.

The Giro Ercole is the lighter of the two (3.8kg for the mount head) but does not have slow motion controls. It easily carries my ED120 F/7.5 refractor so should cope with a 90mm without any problem.

Here is a review of the Ercole by an SGL member:

http://alpha-lyrae.co.uk/2015/05/03/tele-optic-giro-ercole-alt-az-mount-review/

The scope on the mount in the photo below is my Takahashi 100mm F/9:

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25 minutes ago, John said:

I use either a Giro Ercole or a Skytee II mount with my refractors from 100mm to 120mm in aperture.

The Giro Ercole is the lighter of the two (3.8kg for the mount head) but does not have slow motion controls. It easily carries my ED120 F/7.5 refractor so should cope with a 90mm without any problem.

Here is a review of the Ercole by an SGL member:

http://alpha-lyrae.co.uk/2015/05/03/tele-optic-giro-ercole-alt-az-mount-review/

The scope on the mount in the photo below is my Takahashi 100mm F/9:

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Hi john, is necessary a counterweight on the other side of the mount even when you are using a relatively light refractor like the DL? I should need one with a 90 mm?

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7 minutes ago, 883 said:

Hi john, is necessary a counterweight on the other side of the mount even when you are using a relatively light refractor like the DL? I should need one with a 90 mm?

Thanks

The mount works fine without a counter weight but I have found that adding a small one (that is a 1.8kg weight) gives a smoother azimuth motion.

 

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For a small refractor you can also use a photo ball head in portrait mode.   With a good friction control knob it becomes a good alt-az mount with good fluid motion on both axis.

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9 hours ago, John said:

The mount works fine without a counter weight but I have found that adding a small one (that is a 1.8kg weight) gives a smoother azimuth motion.

 

Thank you

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