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having started with a 130P on an eq mount.I wanted something with more light gathering on a alt-azimuth mount. I didn't want to go down the Dob route although that would have been a lot easier and cheaper.🙄
So I have now got a 200P on a Skytee on a Manfrotto tripod.
My question is why do all the pictures I have seen of this set up have the scope side mount rather than the top mount.
Is it just a question of weight if you also add counterweights under the top mount? I understand the recommended max weight is 10kg per mount although some places say 15kg.
As it is a lot easier to mount the scope on the top mount than the side one (I nearly dropped it on the first attempt) and it seems counterintuitive to have the weight of the scope hanging off the side mount instead of sitting on top of the top one.
Now I know the Skytee 2 can hold 15kg on each mount apparently (never tried this out), but thinking of getting a second hand Skywatcher 200P to see how an 8 inch reflector would work from my garden, so just wondering does anyone use one on their Skytee 2 mount at all OK? With EP's fitted and a 9x50 finderscope the weight of the OTA will be around 11kg approx I think , so should be OK on the mount, but want to make sure before I possibly buy it.
Apologies if the sun vanishes for a while - my new Lunt arrived and is now unboxed and ready for use - hoping for some sun this afternoon.
I got the skytee 2 so I can have the TV85 alongside with the Baader wedge. It'll be interesting to compare viewing through both scopes.
By John P
Wonderful. Just wonderful.
After struggling with an EQ5 (no matter how I tried, my brain just could not get to grips with it), I finally had control over my 'scope and could point it exactly where I wanted to within seconds. For purely visual observing, it is fantastic. Just plonk it down and away you go. I went outside and was observing less than two minutes later. It handles my Evostar 120 with ease, and is rock solid.
I can see many years of pleasurable observing in my future now