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Re: Any decent mounts for around 1000 dollars

Started by atomant, 11/23/2011 09:02AM
Posted 11/23/2011 09:02AM Opening Post
Hi Gary,

The 6in Mak is a high powered scope requiring a nice solid mount to prevent the "dancing stars".
If you must have goto option, Meade's new LX80 and Celestron's tried and true CG5-Goto will fit your budget and weight constraint.
Much less massive than the CI700.

Personally, I like starhopping and the ability of manually fine adjusting my RA-DEC motions. I am using the Orion SVP. Similar to CG5 class. With a handy star chart, it forces me to know the layout of the sky.

If your budget allows, the Orion Sirius, baby version of Atlas, is a more refined GEM.

The Voyager and Porta alt-az mounts are decent grab-n-go.
But will quickly get frustrating nudging both axes to manually track high powered views.

Best would be to test drive a few mounts if you are close to a store or check out star party.

Posted 11/23/2011 09:12AM #1
william chiu said:

Hi Gary,

The 6in Mak is a high powered scope requiring a nice solid mount to prevent the "dancing stars".
If you must have goto option, Meade's new LX80 and Celestron's tried and true CG5-Goto will fit your budget and weight constraint.
Much less massive than the CI700.

Personally, I like starhopping and the ability of manually fine adjusting my RA-DEC motions. I am using the Orion SVP. Similar to CG5 class. With a handy star chart, it forces me to know the layout of the sky.

If your budget allows, the Orion Sirius, baby version of Atlas, is a more refined GEM.

The Voyager and Porta alt-az mounts are decent grab-n-go.
But will quickly get frustrating nudging both axes to manually track high powered views.

Best would be to test drive a few mounts if you are close to a store or check out star party.


I've owned a CG5 for a few years and I can't see how you can go wrong with it. For just over $600, it is a steal.