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Coronado DS Series Mount

B&H # CODSM Mfr # DSM
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You Pay: $228.49
Product Highlights
  • Altazimuth Mount
  • For PST, SolarMax 40, 60, 70

For solar observers who already own a Coronado solar scope, the DS Series Mount opens up the daytime skies at an exceptionally modest cost. This lightweight mount provides virtually effortless tracking of the Sun, and it sets up quickly for spur-of-the-moment observing.

The lightweight computerized and motorized DS mount is designed to hold the Coronado PST and SolarMax 40, 60, and 70 solar telescopes - it tracks the Sun automatically while you observe. It's light enough to pick up in one hand and take outside on a moment's notice for instant solar prominence gratification.

Universal Mounting Bracket
Universal bracket and mounting hardware accommodates Coronado PST and SolarMax 40/60/70 solar scopes for effortless solar observing.
Fork Mount Drive System
Single fork arm altazimuth design with dual DC servo motor drives modified for solar observing with Coronado solar telescopes. A compartment in the drive-base accepts eight AA batteries for powering the telescope. The large declination knob is easy to grip and tightens in place with ease.
Adjustable Height Tripod:
Aluminum tripod is height adjustable for comfortable viewing. A compass with bubble level allows fast and accurate leveling of the mount. The tripod's center leg brace holds a convenient accessory tray to keep eyepieces close at hand. The tray has a built-in holder for the AutoStar computer hand control.
AutoStar Computer Control:
AutoStar #497 computer hand control is modified for solar observing. Simply level the mount and manually point the scope North using the supplied compass and bubble level. Turn the mount on and use the directional push buttons on the AutoStar hand control to slew the scope to the Sun. Once the Sun is centered, holding down the GoTo key on the AutoStar hand control syncs the mount on the Sun. The DS Mount will then follow the Sun accurately for as long as you care to observe.
Coronado DS Series Mount
  • OTA Bracket
  • 497 Controller
  • Limited 5 Year Warranty
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    CoronadoDS Series Mount
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (3)
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      3.0

      Decent mount for small telescopes

      By eightbits

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No built-in Sun tracking
      • Unstable

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Coronado DS Series Mount:

      I use this with my Coronado PST telescope. It is affordable and more than adequate for the purpose. It is also pretty easy to pack up and take with you pretty much anywhere.

      I have not used this with a night viewing telescope despite the database's tens of thousands of trackable night-sky objects.

      The cons for this mount are:

      1) Even though Meade recommends this for its Coronado series solar telescopes, the database does not let you choose to track the sun. You have to trick it into doing that which is a little ridiculous.

      2) The tripod that comes with this is a little weak and not terribly sturdy, even for something as small as the PST solar telescope. A beefier tripod with more stability would be nice.

      Other than that, it makes a decent mount for your Coronado series telescope.

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      5.0

      This product is very well

      By LordFennec

      from Lucca, IT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Photography

        Comments about Coronado DS Series Mount:

        It's very well for photography,in particular for timelapse technique

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        4.0

        Great for time lapse photography

        By Uli

        from Florida

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Coronado DS Series Mount:

            Very easy setup and you can mount your SLR straight onto it..the tripod is not the very sturdiest but works well....

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            5.0

            High quality product

            By mustang

            from Palm Springs, Ca

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Bird Watching

            Comments about Coronado DS Series Mount:

            This Meade tripod works perfectly for my unusual application. The Nikon D300s fits easily on the supplied L bracket. The adequate support holds both camera and 500mm telephoto lens. Screw on a ND .9 filter, set the timer, program the Autostar and go have a meal. Meanwhile the gear will record in timelapse stunning astronomical pictures of the sun or other celestial objects.

            I've paid three times as much for tripods that won't do what this will.

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            Duracell -  AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
            • You Pay: $1.99
             
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