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    Lightbulb Best Recommended Telescope Mounts Price Ranges



    I thought this would be useful so I started this thread. Feel free to contribute to the information, maybe we can split to viewing/goto/astrophotography?

    Best / Recommended Telescope Mounts for each Price Range


    From 0-$300
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    Orion Min-EQ Tabletop Equatorial Mount



    For $179 the Orion EQ1 Telescope Mount





    EQ-2 Mount from ORION




    for $379 us the Orion Skyview Pro Equatorial Mount Needs a motor but the price cannot be beat.



    From $380-700
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    CG5




    From $700-1500
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    HEQ5 PRO or its twin (with a different name) the Orion Atlas EQ-G with GOTO
    Highly recommended for the price, amazing mount (i have it and love it).







    From $1500-3000
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    EQ6 PRO





    From $3000-6000
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    Celestron CGE Telescope Mount








    From $6000 -12000
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    From $12000-30000+
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    1) Meade MAX



    2) Paramount ME
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    Hi
    In the $12000-$30000 the Paramount ME by Software Bisque, this really is a no brainer
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    Hey all ...I like the celestron CG5 advanced goto mount and tripod .. They are in the 300-700 range ,They are closer to 700... although they only come with one 11lb counter weight now ..They used to come with two 11 lb weights ....
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    Just a quick question about the mini EQ at the top. Would that work with basically any scope that isn't massive? Looking at an Apex 127mm and want to know if that would work with it before I committed to anything.

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    I'd add the mounts from Astro-Physics, ASA (new direct drive), and ChrhonosMount (also direct drive), in their respective price ranges.

    I'd remove the Celestron CGE mount as it was a total LEMON for many folks and Celestron has stopped manufacturing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klaatu2u View Post
    I'd add the mounts from Astro-Physics, ASA (new direct drive), and ChrhonosMount (also direct drive), in their respective price ranges.

    I'd remove the Celestron CGE mount as it was a total LEMON for many folks and Celestron has stopped manufacturing it.
    Celestron now make a newer and better version of the CGE so I wouldn't necessarily rule it out. For those who don't have experience in setting up mounts properly, be wary of direct drive mounts such as those mentioned here, if there is a power failure or power cut and the equipment on the mount isn't balanced perfectly then it will swing round and possibly smash into something causing expensive damage (don't forget that direct drive mounts don't have clutches, worms or gears to stop them swinging round freely). The other thing to remember is that Kronos and ASA haven't been fully put to the test whereas Astrophysics, Paramount and Takahashi are tried and tested. There is a remote observatory run by Northern Galactic & Southern Galactic forums which will only allow users to set up mounts there if they are made by AP, Tak or Paramount for this very reason.
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    Default Good recommendations!

    I have done some research on the listed Atlas EQ-G (that you own)

    Looks like you use it for AP, this is my interest as well..

    My only consern with the EQ-G something I read on another forum

    but I'm not sure that I believe this is a real problem or not given this mount is ment for AP.

    "The vibration problem is due to the steppers being driven by a simple h-bridge , no microstepping or any type of smoothing the steps. The RA motor runs in the start/stop region (on the torque/step freq. curve) with a step frequency of around 29Hz, which ecites mount mechanical resonances. Step size is 0.5arcsec, which is huge. Both your eye and cameras integrate this 0.5arcsec jiggle , hence the vibration problem" .

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike213 View Post
    Just a quick question about the mini EQ at the top. Would that work with basically any scope that isn't massive? Looking at an Apex 127mm and want to know if that would work with it before I committed to anything.
    The most common weakness in most commercially made mounts, is in the support (tripod) and the most common problem is lack of mechanical stiffness in the vertical (Z) axis. The greater the moment of polar inertia, the worse the problem manifests.

    Because GEM's require an offset weight to balance the system, this not only increases the mass but the offset affects the polar inertia as well.

    The spindly legs on that mini-EQ are simply inappropriate. They compromise the functions of everything above them.

    I wouldn't buy it.

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    If you can swing the money, a new or used AP Mach1 will be a gift that you will keep thanking yourself for buying. ~$5K US range. I would estimate, based on my experience, that the Mach1 can handle a reasonably balanced 90# load for AstroImaging. With a fair eyeball Polar Alignment, it pulls 20-minute subframes at 780mm FL.

    For a ~$12K US workhorse, the AP1200GTO would be very difficult to top. With a reasonable balance, this Mount should handle at least 120# for AstroImaging. While the guiding can be excellent, I believe this Mount needs more attention to Polar Alignment than the Mach1 requires. Yep, the Mach1 is that good. AlanP

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    For under 300.00, the Celestron CG-4. It's not goto, but a clock motor can easily be added, it's very stable, and can handle up to twenty lbs. Got one, love it. It is extremely easy to tinker with.




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