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    Default Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?



    Ive got a Skywatcher 90mm Mak that I finally got to try out this past week. I picked it up a month or so ago as a second grab n go type scope for visual only.

    My other scope is a CPC925 which I find to be pretty rock solid. The 90mm mak on the eq1 mount I found very sensitive and shaky. Im wondering if there would be much benefit in swapping out the mount/tripod for the EQ2? My thoughts are it likely isnt worth the $250. The EQ3 on steel legs might be a noticeable improvement but Im not sure if it is even compatible with the small 90mm Mak? I like the little 90mm scope very much and it keeps everything portable. Upping the mount in my mind would still keep things portable enough, I think.

    Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    The mak should fit on the EQ-3 or a set of rings and vixen style dovetail can be attached for it to fit any EQ mount.
    If you can find a used Skywatcher EQ-3/2 or Celestron CG-4 the 90mm Mak will be like observing with a whole new setup.
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    EQ2? NO! EQ3? Yes. EQ3-2 or CG4? YES!! Or even a Twilight I, yes.

    My most used mount with the 90Mak is my SLT, sometimes it goes on the little LCM (especially if I'm going to the rifle range) and on occasion it finds it's way to the CG4.
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    If you're not specifically looking for an EQ designed mount, the Twilight I alt/az mount may be of interest: https://explorescientificusa.com/pro...ilight-1-mount
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    The Exos Nano is a fantastic little mount, I believe it's an EQ3 equivalent: https://explorescientificusa.com/col...-exosnanot1-00

    I really like it for my ED80, it has good slomo controls and is quite stable.
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    Thanks for the input folks. Seems I’m on the right track thinking the eq2 isn’t really much of an upgrade. I’d like to stick with an eq1 mount, maybe the eq3 with steel legs is the way to go. But for that price I could nearly get into a goto mount.

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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    This is a good site to keep an eye on in Canada: https://www.astrobuysell.com/index.php

    This mount is currently for sale also: https://www.astrobuysell.com/propview.php?view=47330
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    So I’ve been looking around at the used market as well as new thanks to the advice of friendly folks here... I’ve been eyeing the Skywatcher 2” steel tripod. Instead of going for a while new mount head with tripod I thought I could maybe swap out the existing eq1 mount head and place it onto the 2” steel tripod legs giving the whole setup more rigidity. Is this something that I can do? Are the mount heads interchangeable? It would save a little money if I just had to buy the tripod itself but I can’t seem to determine if this is in fact doable.

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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    The hole for the eq mount to sit in on the top plate would be much larger than the bottom of your current mount.
    If you can make an adapter ring and figure out something for the center hold down bolt it will work.
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    Default Re: Worthwhile upgrading an EQ1 mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    The hole for the eq mount to sit in on the top plate would be much larger than the bottom of your current mount.
    If you can make an adapter ring and figure out something for the center hold down bolt it will work.
    Thanks Gabby. Sounds like I’ll have to look at my existing mount to see if I think I could macgyver something for the 2” tripod to see how it’s put together.

 

 
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