[[ 06 June 2013 ]]
We are enjoying our new tripod very much.
The photo shows our 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain sitting atop the new Orion “Versago” III MicroMotion Altazimuth Mount. The new mount provides micro-motion controls for both altitude and azimuth for smooth centering and tracking of objects, even with our most powerful eyepiece.
This is a vast improvement over our “old” tripod with it’s “Grab and Tug” telescope mounting.
We took the new equipment for a test run a couple of nights ago, and enjoyed seeing Saturn in all it’s glory.
Our next big investment in astronomical equipment will probably be a computer controlled Equatorial GoTo mount that will allow us to do better astrophotography, but that’s a bit pricy for our budget at the moment.
Meanwhile, we will continue to enjoy astronomical exploring with the equipment we have on hand.