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    Default StellarVue M2C longer term report



    Several folks asked for a follow-up after my initial positive impressions of the alt-az mount.
    After several more sessions with it, I like it even more. You know a mount is good when you completely forget about it - and that's what happened, and why I haven't posted a follow-up sooner, really. I put the refractor on it, and once I set the tension, I just move the tube very easily to my targets, and it's as easy as with a dobsonian. The only time that's different is when you swap out heavy eye pieces. That's more a factor of the load being overall relatively low, so taking a heavy EP out will through things off balance, so I either need to support it with my hand when I do that, or reposition on the target.
    Overall, I really like this. I finally feel like my frac setup is straightforward, and completely out of the way, so I can focus on observing. The whole setup is also relatively portable. Certainly easy to throw in a car, and carry around. Not needing counter-weights helps when you need to lug it about, too...
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    Default Re: StellarVue M2C longer term report

    Great that you are enjoying your mount, the Stellarvue M2C is an excellent az/ alt mount.
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    Default Re: StellarVue M2C longer term report

    Nice report, thanks. I am very pleased with mine as well. It's a beautifully machined piece of equipment that works just as it should.
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    Default Re: StellarVue M2C longer term report

    Good to hear, nice that it is working for you.
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