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On 25/01/2022 at 20:07, John said:

My most "grab and go" setup was this one which was truly a one handed lift outside and no cooldown time needed:

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What scope is that if you don’t mind me asking? 

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31 minutes ago, IB20 said:

What scope is that if you don’t mind me asking? 

It is the TeleVue Ranger. I have the green 'powder coat' finish, as shown below.

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The specs are... f/l:480mm - obj: 70mm - f:6.85

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2 hours ago, IB20 said:

What scope is that if you don’t mind me asking? 

Sorry for the slow reply - I missed your question.

As Philip R says it is a Tele Vue Ranger. Long out of production now I'm afraid. Very light and compact with good performance although it is more of a well corrected achromat than an apo. My scope went to Roger Vine so that he could review it for his website:

http://www.scopeviews.co.uk/TVRanger.htm

 

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Finally got my scope back from the paint sprayer, thanks @Peter Drew for doing such a great job of the OTA and Finder. Purple and Black works well.

Then I wanted a contrasting colour that also worked and decided red was the next colour so the mount was got via a certain online store, liquid head, very sturdy and I hand painted the tripod and pillar. 

I replaced on 0.956 focuser with a 1.25, slotted in a Svbony dielectric diagonal and this is the finished product. 

Total weight is 5KG which is easily one handed.

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I bought this mount to replace my ball head. Can't wait for a clear warmer nite. Sitting on the floor it sure feels solid with that 2lb counter weight.

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12 hours ago, LDW1 said:

I bought this mount to replace my ball head. Can't wait for a clear warmer nite. Sitting on the floor it sure feels solid with that 2lb counter weight.

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Just got the same mount myself, and is that a 3LT tripod I see? I also use one although it is a little bit wobbly, my Horizon 8115 is much sturdier but doesn't fit in my rucksack.

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1 hour ago, Roy Challen said:

Just got the same mount myself, and is that a 3LT tripod I see? I also use one although it is a little bit wobbly, my Horizon 8115 is much sturdier but doesn't fit in my rucksack.

Those photos don't show the final height of the tripod, it will be considerably lower as it will be used with an astro chair which should make it even more stable but as I mention even now it feeis pretty solid with those small f4.2-f6 scopes. That tripod is a GEEKOTO AT24 Pro Dreamer, I have a couple more heavier built tripods that I might try but it would make the gng a lot heavier. I just received mine as well so I have yet to give it an initial tryout.

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A Skywatcher Evostar 80 on a Ayo Vamo traveler/Berlebach 2042 tripod. Got everything assembled yesterday so haven't tested it out yet. 

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