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Myron Apostolics

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Mount for TV85
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:40:06 AM »
I purchased a TV85 scope and now need a mount. For grab and go I'd prefer an alt/az mount. TV's Gibraltar mounts seem a bit pricey. Can someone please recommend a good alt/az mount for this scope? Thank you!



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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 12:11:40 AM »
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I purchased a TV85 scope and now need a mount. For grab and go I'd prefer an alt/az mount. TV's Gibraltar mounts seem a bit pricey. Can someone please recommend a good alt/az mount for this scope? Thank you!

I've used the Telepod head on a Bogen 3036 Tripod for years with great success with my TV85. The Bogen's have been renumbered since I got mine....I believe the new number is 475B. I have a Super Polaris for my EQ set-up, but have also used the CG4/ EQ3 with good results.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 08:49:33 AM »
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I purchased a TV85 scope and now need a mount. For grab and go I'd prefer an alt/az mount. TV's Gibraltar mounts seem a bit pricey. Can someone please recommend a good alt/az mount for this scope? Thank you!

The Stellarvue M2 is a good sturdy mount and not that expensive. Add the available extension to get the scope up a little higher for easier use.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 01:28:03 PM »
Another fan of the stellarvue m2 and extender.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 01:49:56 AM »
For the money, I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

https://www.astronom...ounts_c505.aspx

...maybe one of these to attach TV clamshell ring to the mount.

https://www.astronom...ack_p17840.aspx

For my TV-85, I liked the Universal Astronomics Unistar Deluxe on a Oberwerk wooden tripod.

https://oberwerk.com...em-wood-tripod/

http://www.universalastronomics.com/

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 07:19:54 AM »
My first choice would be the DSV-2b then after that I'd just grab the Twilight I. I make these recommendations because I prefer slow motion controls. If no slo-mo then the DSV-1 is nice with the TV-85 on it as are some of the other recommendations.Peace...

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 11:20:04 PM »
The TV Gibraltar and Tele-Pod do seemrather pricey, don't they? Still, I suggest that you consider the TV mounts along with the others. Along with the design simplicity built into a Gibraltar you get a solid mount that is quite capable of handling small and medium sized refractors. You may already have enough $ invested in that TV85 to justify purchasing a decent mount.

As a grab and go this will not be a massive mount. Price may be a factor in your choice but perhaps you should let capacity, function, and portability be the primary qualities that you evaluate. I put capacity first because overloading a nice compact mount with that TeleVue refractor could be tragically unsatisfying.

Last month I took a Pronto and Tele-Pod with me on a business trip. The detachable head allowed the tripod to fit into standard full sized luggage. The TV soft case was an easy piece of carry on luggage. Although your TV85 is a step up from my Pronto, you could have an airline portable setup with the right mount.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 05:37:00 AM »
I use mine on a DM4 which is still a very light setup for easy grab and go. That's probably the perfect mount for a TV85 IMO, but a little pricy. For airline travel I use a Desert Sky Astro DSV-M which is a very light mount and good for travel.

If you want something a bit better than the DSV-M and cheaper than the DM4, I would suggest one of the larger DSV mounts.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 12:03:37 AM »
My suggestion :

The Vixen Portamount 2. It's more stable than the TW1 but otherwise similar. Both have slow motion controls which makes tracking at high mags easier.. Hand tracking a Dob, particularly a large one, at say 600x, is straight forward because of the long mechanical lever. With a TV-85, you have a short lever..

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 02:07:11 AM »
I don't like the Telepods. The bearings are tiny compared to other mounts, and in altitude they adjust on two sides. I have never found them smooth, and because of that this mount was hard to use with higher magnifications.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2018, 06:12:37 AM »
I agree with Jon regarding the Porta Mount II.

Having the slow motion controls is really nice. It would handle your TV 85 beautifully. The stock tripod isn't the sturdiest in the world, but it does work. If you desire more stability, I'd recommend the upgraded version that comes with the Vixen HAL130 tripod. It is much more substantial. It can be had here: http://agenaastro.co...nt-sg5863p.html. And, naturally, there are some wood tripods that also can be used.

And there is a very nice extension that is available if you need more height. OPT carries the half pillar, which works with the Porta even though no mention in description. https://www.optcorp....llar-25167.html

And the whole setup just looks darn nice too. 

Have fun.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2018, 05:18:20 PM »
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I don't like the Telepods. The bearings are tiny compared to other mounts, and in altitude they adjust on two sides. I have never found them smooth, and because of that this mount was hard to use with higher magnifications.

I find my Telepod head to be extremely smooth with my TV85. Once the scope is balanced properly, there's zero problems from 20x to 500x for me. YMMV.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 04:05:40 PM »
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I agree with Jon regarding the Porta Mount II.

Having the slow motion controls is really nice. It would handle your TV 85 beautifully. The stock tripod isn't the sturdiest in the world, but it does work. If you desire more stability, I'd recommend the upgraded version that comes with the Vixen HAL130 tripod. It is much more substantial. It can be had here: http://agenaastro.co...nt-sg5863p.html. And, naturally, there are some wood tripods that also can be used.

And there is a very nice extension that is available if you need more height. OPT carries the half pillar, which works with the Porta even though no mention in description. https://www.optcorp....llar-25167.html

And the whole setup just looks darn nice too. 

Have fun.

That looks nice. If I were dissatisfied with my current set-up, I'd consider that rig.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2018, 05:44:41 AM »
I've had a Telepod head for about 15 years and I'm not really a fan. It's light and nicely made, with plenty of options for accessorising. However, the alt bearings are small and it is difficult to get the tension right with the double, extremely sensitive, tension adjustment screws. Attaching the scope is done by loose screws, which is fiddly at best, and makes it unnecessarily involved if you want to use different mounts with the scope. I'd much prefer a side-mounting mount that takes a standard Vixen dovetail. I have my eye on the Ayo II.

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Re: Mount for TV85
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2018, 08:09:38 AM »
I'd take a different approach. Get a Celestron Nexstar GOTO mount. This is the older GT mount. The new one is the SLT.Attached Thumbnails