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    Default Can i fit the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130PDS to the Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi WiFi Mount?



    HI There Guys and Gals. I had a 130 Newtonian design scope many many years ago and now retired fancy getting back in the saddle.

    Looking at the wifi mount to make it easier for the grandkids. They sell a complete package with the Sky-Watcher Explorer 130 tube fitted but would like to buy the mount seperatly and fit the 130PDS to it but cant find the weight difference between the two scopes.

    Can anybody shine some light on it.

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    Default Re: Can i fit the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130PDS to the Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi WiFi Mount?

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    Default Re: Can i fit the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130PDS to the Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi WiFi Mount?

    Welcome to the forum!!

    If I understand you correctly, you already have the 130PDS and are looking for a mount for it and are considering the AZ-GTi because it comes with a 130mm Newt.

    How much does the scope you have weigh and how long is it?

    I have a similar mount that I use with several small to medium sized scopes weighing up to about 10 lbs. but the longer the scope the less it should weigh for the mount to handle well. For scopes of the same weight, it will handle a short Mak, SCT, or refractor better than a longer Newt. Because of that, the 130mm Newt that comes on the mount has been designed to be as light as possible and I believe the mount would be overwhelmed by a longer or heavier Newt.

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    Default Re: Can i fit the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130PDS to the Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi WiFi Mount?

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