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    Default question about the Celestron 93607 aka "Celestron Heavy Duty Alt-Azimuth Tripod"

    does anyone have any experience with the Celestron 93607 aka "Celestron Heavy Duty Alt-Azimuth Tripod"? it is available for <$100, but some of the reviews say that it isn't really good for viewing any altitude higher than 75 degrees, and sometimes you need to do that.

    the other alt-az mounts (the ES Twilight 1, Orion VersaGo 2, or Skywatcher AZ4) all cost about $200.

    I would be using it with a 130mm OTA (which came with an EQ mount that I don't like).


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    Default Re: question about the Celestron 93607 aka "Celestron Heavy Duty Alt-Azimuth Tripod"

    I think that is the one I bought, $75 from Adorama or BH.

    It is lightweight, and I like the 1/4x20 screw hookup or you could take that off and use rings.

    When the legs are not extended it is "ok" steady and damps down ok, but when you extend the legs to stand and observe I found it shaky.

    The biggest thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't hold DEC well. When you manually move the DEC up it will stay where you place it, but when you move the DEC down to get an object and let go it backlashes about 5 degrees. You have to move it well below your object and then move it slowly up and then it will stay. That can be a pain. I tried to tighten it up but broke one of the cast aluminum wings but it doesn't affect the use (or help the backlash) and good thing too because Adorama said because I didn't keep the original box and shipping container I am out of luck for an exchange.
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