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Tripod / Mount for AT-66 Refractor

Started by paul.knight, 01/07/2011 05:19PM
Posted 01/07/2011 05:19PM | Edited 01/07/2011 08:23PM Opening Post
I have a small AstroTech 66mm refractor and am looking for a light tripod for it. I want it to be a "grab and go" set up. I already have a Losmandy GM-8 for photography purposes so I just want a tripod for wide field visual use. Cost is a big factor as well. Any suggestions?
-Paul
Posted 01/08/2011 12:28AM #1
Paul Knight said:

I have a small AstroTech 66mm refractor and am looking for a light tripod for it. I want it to be a "grab and go" set up. I already have a Losmandy GM-8 for photography purposes so I just want a tripod for wide field visual use. Cost is a big factor as well. Any suggestions?
-Paul

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Jon
Posted 01/08/2011 11:20AM #2
I use a UA Microstar on a Bogen 3001 tripod (same as Manfrotto 055) with my SV66ED, which is essentially similar to the AT66. A Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 would be a better choice for the tripod, but I already had the 3001. Total cost of the Microstar and 3001/055 is about $300, maybe $350 if you go for the heavier tripod.
Jim
Posted 01/09/2011 05:53AM #3
A Bogen/Manfrotto 3011 tripod plus a 3126 fluid head plus a little bit of work
( http://www.homebuiltastronomy.com/stool/EasyAltAzMountModification.htm ) makes a great compact and lightweight combination. I have used my version at 120x with no problems.
I also own a Porta Mount (scopes other than my WO 66mm) and have been very satisfied with it. It can get a bit shaky at higher magnifications but overall it performs quite well. The slow motion controls are a big plus.

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Posted 01/09/2011 06:25AM #4
Have a look at the Synta (SkyWatcher or Orion) AZ-4 alt-az mount. If you hurry, you can still get one with a lightweight extruded aluminum tripod. Inexpsensive and far better for astronomy than any camera tripod. Adorama was recently selling one for 150 or so and throwing in a decent SkyWatcher 80mm f/11 refractor.

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