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clock-drive eq mount with 30 pound payload?

Started by anthony_sf, 03/12/2013 04:40PM
Posted 03/12/2013 04:40PM | Edited 03/12/2013 04:55PM Opening Post
I'm considering buying an Explore Scientific "David Levy Comet Hunter" 152 mm Maksutov-Newtonian reflector to replace my 150 mm Orion Newtonian reflector. But the ES Mak-Newtonian weighs 25 pounds, probably 30 pounds with eyepieces etc., and that would be too heavy for my Orion EQ-3 mount.

I would like to find a non-computerized equatorial mount with a clock drive that could carry a 30 pound load. I enjoy finding objects in the sky the old fashioned way, and I don't want to lug around the extra weight of a 12 volt battery for a go-to drive. The non-go-to equatorial mounts seem to max out at a 20-pound payload.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 03/12/2013 07:18PM #1
The early EQ6 was not goto. If you find one of those it will carry 30 pounds. That mount was rated by the manufacturer at 25kgs.

Posted 03/14/2013 05:42PM #2
Hi Anthony,

The Comet Hunter OTA weight is listed at 15.4 pounds. I don't think my old tank-like Russian MN61 Mak-Newt weighed as much as 25 pounds but it might have been close!.

- Tom
Posted 04/11/2013 01:39PM #3
Look at Discmount DM6
Not cheap but very nice
and you can add a skycommander