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ideal backyard scope
wanted a 4" Mak with a motorized but NOT computerized mount for simple
backyard planetgazing. After doing a lot of research on the mount I
found this -- and bonus, it comes with a rather good Mak tube (a couple
online forums sung its praises, so I was confident when ordering). My
viewing with it is urban-seeing-limited (i.e., the 'scope is fine) and
the mount tracks wonderfully even when only hurredly aligned with
Polaris. The included eyepieces are okay, but you'll be happier with a
couple low-end Plossls, and the solar filter is a great addition. I
expected the mount motor to be a battery hog, but so far it's been
gentle on my NiMH batteries.
I bought this
device to make panoramic pictures and do some astronomical photography.
It functions either as a camera directional control or as a telescope.
Use the included brackets to attach your camera with standard tripod
mount, then program this device to rotate and tilt in whatever order you
want. You can even mount a DSLR on the lower mount and use an extension
to mount a GoPro above it and take pictures/video with both cameras
simultaneously. The included telescope allows you to track astronomical
objects automatically. If you buy a separate T-Mount adapter, you can
hang a camera on the end to take pictures rather than just look through
It does everything I have wanted to but I have not used the telescope
for astronomical pictures yet.
The major point I think you need to consider is whether you have a
suitable platform for astronomy. Although there is a tripod mount on the
bottom, it's intended to be used as a table-top device, with leveling
feet, etc. If you don't have a suitable platform, you may want to
consider a similar device intended for tripod use.
The motion control switches work fine but it seems odd that the button
panel moves with rotational controls. That means the buttons move as you
press them to rotate the camera/telescope position.
Overall, it's a nice device and an excellent value