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MK91 and DM4

Started by mirfak, 02/11/2011 04:29PM
Posted 02/11/2011 04:29PM Opening Post
Tonight I took my MK91 out for the first time in a year. This scope was neglected for several reasons, mostly due to its size and weight. I dont want to set up the G11 just for a quick look.

It never occured to me to try this scope and mount together. But there was the DM4, standing next to the Mk91. I bought the DM4 for its portability and stability. A year ago I took it to WSP with my old TEC 6. Well 6 is 9 now.

It took less than 5 minutes to get them outside and assembled. The tube balanced easily and held well without trouble. I used a 20nn Nagler for 155x views of the moon. Despite the heat inside the ota, the views were mostly crisp and clear. No trouble panning the scope.

Jupiter was much lower in the sky and behind some pine needles. I used a 32 WF for 96x views. The pine tags made for some weird diffraction effects. Several bands on the planet were easily visible.

After 15 minutes Im back inside and ready for dinner. Quick and easy observing.


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Posted 02/11/2011 04:30PM #1
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Posted 02/11/2011 05:03PM | Edited 02/11/2011 05:04PM #2
Hi John. Looks very convenient. Has me looking at the DiscMounts website. smile Is it really stable when the MK91 is positioned between legs instead of over a leg like in the photos?


STF Mirage 7
Posted 02/24/2011 11:18AM #3
Nice scope, but hanging off to the side of that DM4 and tripod, it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Jim McSheehy