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    Good day all

    I recently bought a Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope, but I haven't been able to find much information on what sort of mount I should use. I saw some people recommend the Astro-Tech Voyager but it is hard to find, or the Vixen Porta II, which seems quite pricey.

    Additionally, these appear to be 'grab & go' mounts, which seems to indicate that they are lightweight and generally unsophisticated- ie without motors etc. so I wouldn't be able to track the sun while viewing. Or can you buy a tracking device separately that will attach to the mount?

    Can anyone suggest a good mount for this scope which would also allow me to track? I already have the Lunt vixen dovetail bar attached to the scope. Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    I have a Lunt 50 that gets along just fine on my CG-4 Eq with an RA drive motor.

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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    I have a Lunt80 and have it on a NexStar mount and tripod that came with a 6SE. I have no problems providing that the OTA is balanced.
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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    I have the Porta II and for my Lunt 60 PT HA it is less than adequate. When pressure tuning it is way to shaky. From other astronomers I have been told the Twilight II is good.
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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    Great answers, thanks. I happened to have a spare Nexstar tripod so have mounted it on that. Put the Sol Searcher on and everything. Very pleased with myself! But after two hours outside baking in the October Gulf sun, I cannot locate the thing that is baking me at all. I can get it in the Sol Searcher, and when I first looked into the 25mm eyepiece I thought I saw a reddish blob, but in the end I realised the reddish blob was there all the time, even if the scope was pointing anywhere near the sun! It was just reflections and the light in my eyes, I guess. I tried covering my head with a towel, but then all I got was black, just black, even though the bright disc was visible in the Sol Searcher. So I never found the darned thing in the end. A dissapointing afternoon. How do I align and focus the scope? Threre are so many knobs to twiddle and I really find the 'manual' very inadequate. Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    You can use the shadow of the front lens housing, when you have located the Sun it should form an even concentric shadow on the clamshell mounting ring below it once you've found it, adjust the allen head screws on the Sol searcher( the ones that hold the discs to the plastic base) until it is alligned with the scope. Make sure you slide out the blocking filter diagonal about an inch and a half, if you don't do this you wont reach focus with the focuser fully racked out. Once you've found the Sun and got it focused, turn the pressure tuner knob ( the Large black and brass unit on the side)inwards until you start to see detail. Remember to keep the Sun centered in the view as that is where the sweet spot is for detail, moving from the center you will notice less detail on the disk. If you haven't done so yet, remove the pressure tuner completely from the scope(the black part that screws onto the brass cylinder on the side of the tube) as this will equalize the presssure in the tube for your area. Getting the tuner back on can be tricky as it is a 4 start thread, just take it slowly and it will engage. I have the Vixen Porta mount and use a double stack 60mm and a single stack 100mm on it and have no problems with it, it does initial shake when adjusting the PT tuner, but once set, it's a breaze to use.
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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    Hi Gus.k - thanks for the instructions- I will definitely have to keep trying this, although it is too darn hot still right now. I am sure at some stage it will fall into place and I'l get it right. So I am optimistic, and thanks a lot for the advice.

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    Default Re: Mount for Lunt LS60 Ha solar scope

    Mounts: Anything really, the 60mm is a light weight scope. If you are even entertaining the thought of imaging down the track however, an Alt/Az mount will cause field rotation so I recommend an EQ mount right from the get go.
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