Tubes with no mounts?

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Tubes with no mounts?
Posted by Antitax on Friday, January 17, 2014 9:02 AM

   Warning: this is mostly for europeans, delivery fees might negate the bargain for more distant customers.

   Say you have a compact scope for visual but no mount, here's a bargain from Teleskop Service:

http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p220_ANGEBOT-Skywatcher-azimutale-Montierung-mit-Feinverstellung---5kg.html

   An AZ-3 mount-and-tripod combo for 65€ is unheard of, it's an even better deal than when I bought mine for 69€ at the end of 2012. Most other stores sell it between 100€ and 120€. It's serviceable as is, but if you're a tinkerer and like real smooth gear, it's easy to strip the thing down, look for little burrs (you might find none), and sand or file them down.

   Clean it, reassemble it, and lube it. Since these are always lubed too heavily with a pasty grease, remove those large blobs of extra grease before you deburr it. After reassembly lube it with the grease you'll have set aside, that's it.

   Now say you have a bigger scope, and prefer an equatorial mount, there's another bargain from TS:

http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p424_Skywatcher-EQ5-Mount-without-tripod---telescopes-to-10kg.html

   It's only an EQ-5 equatorial head but it's only 172€; the tripod is easy to build with thick wood. Or simply attach the head to a permanent pier, and a substantial scope (between 8 and 10 kilos depending on tube length) can be driven equatorially for really little money.

TS 8x40 Wildlife, 10x50 Marine/Fujinon 16x70/TS 80mm triplet, 6x30 finder, EQ-3 mount, TS 2" 99% diagonal/Celestron C5+ and 6x30 finder, DIY tripod/5" Bahtinov/12" GSO dob, 8x50 finder/Meade 2" 24mm 82°/Hyperion 24,13,10mm 68°/TS Expanse 17mm 70°/SW 7mm Panorama 82°/Ultima 2x barlow/Astronomik UHC-E filter/Baader O-III/Astro Solar 5" & 80mm filters/Sky Atlas 2000/Rükl's Moon Atlas/Canon 400D/5mW green laser

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