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Serendipitous Kit?

Postby Nightspore » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:54 am

Have you ever bought any astronomical kit that inadvertently positively changed or drastically improved your observing habits?


About two years ago I was seriously jonesing for a Synta 127mm Mak OTA. I had a Vixen Porta II and Hal-130 tripod combination that was used primarily for my short tube refractors. It was basically a grab and go rig, although as I have a physical disability, the tripod/mount combo still needed to be dragged down my garden on a trolley. It was very stable with short tube refractors and I was very happy with it. However, I owned a couple of Mak’s, which were also often used on the Porta II. Out of these (90mm, 102mm) the 90mm Orion saw the most use, predominantly because its dovetail was in the correct place for a Vixen mount. This puts the finder in the 11 o’clock position which can be an advantage for twilight planetary observing, particularly with a reflex sight and taking into account the small field of view with Mak’s.

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Sky-Watcher AZ5 mount/tripod

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