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    Default Light and stabil Alt/ Az mount for G&G telescope.



    Recently purchased this mount for a stable viewing platform with my 102mm Maksutov telescope.
    The 6.3 kg heavy tripod easily carries my 2.75 kg heavy Mak. No wonder because the specified load capacity varies with various providers from 7.5 kg to 9 kg.
    Ordered from a Dutch retailer for his version, after some delivery problems I got the TS variant from them. (only the imprint is different)

    [IMG]102 mm Mak on Alt/ Az mount for Grab&Go by John Baars, on Flickr[/IMG]

    It is a relief to work with the mount. I was introduced to it during the solar day at the Rijswijk observatory. One of the amateurs had put a spectograph on it and invited me to give it a try. A particularly pleasant surprise. Light and very stable. Damping a hefty punch against it takes place within half a second.


    Now the weather in the recent period was not good. But still I have found the time here and there to give it a try. The fine movements are very smooth and yet not too smooth. The slip couplings ensure that you can quickly move it roughly in a certain direction. Tracking an object is pleasant, the object does not "vibrate" back to the starting position, but "slides" towards it. Focusing also takes place without shaking; very pleasant and it works extremely precisely. Because the telescope remains in balance, even when observing at the zenith, this makes searching easier. While observing Jupiter, Moon and also above my head, Wega, I thought for a moment: "Is this my little G & G ?
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    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...nd-tripod.html
    Telescopes in Schiedam : SW 150 F/5 Achromat, SW Evostar 120ED F/7.5, Vixen 102ED F/9, OMC140 maksutov F/14.3, SW 102MAK F/13 on Vixen GPDX.
    Binoculars: AusJena 10X50 Jenoptem, Swarovski Habicht 7X42, Celestron Skymaster 15X70, Swift Observation 20X80.
    Astronomical Rijswijk observatory telescopes: Astro-Physics Starfire 130 f/8 on NEQ6, 6 inch Newton on GP, C8 on NEQ6, Meade 14 inch SCT on EQ8, Lunt.
    Amateur since 1970.

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    Default Re: Light and stabil Alt/ Az mount for G&G telescope.

    A great looking mount and great to hear it is performing to expectation for you
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: Light and stabil Alt/ Az mount for G&G telescope.

    I had my first evening out with it.
    What first came into my mind was: "what an ease to operate this mount!"

    All the little annoyances that I had before with my still not light photo-tripod had disappeared like snow in the sun: sinking of the telescope after securing. Looking into a shaky viewfinder image. Vibrations and non-smooth-motions when correcting and fffocccussssninnggg..... Disappeared.
    Instead, quietly put a star in the field of view, look in your atlas, determine where you need to go, turn to it ,and then fine-tune the object. That 's it. What a relief.

    Tonight I determined the usable height and I also saw Jupiter, Saturn, various double stars, M57, M27, M56, M71, the Coathanger and finally NGC 6940, a beautiful open cluster of stars.

    I was quite satisfied when I stepped into the house again.
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    Telescopes in Schiedam : SW 150 F/5 Achromat, SW Evostar 120ED F/7.5, Vixen 102ED F/9, OMC140 maksutov F/14.3, SW 102MAK F/13 on Vixen GPDX.
    Binoculars: AusJena 10X50 Jenoptem, Swarovski Habicht 7X42, Celestron Skymaster 15X70, Swift Observation 20X80.
    Astronomical Rijswijk observatory telescopes: Astro-Physics Starfire 130 f/8 on NEQ6, 6 inch Newton on GP, C8 on NEQ6, Meade 14 inch SCT on EQ8, Lunt.
    Amateur since 1970.

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