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GSO SkyView Deluxe Alt-Az Mount

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Brand GSO
Part Number PAMT-GS-SVALTAZ
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The GSO SkyView Deluxe Mount is an exceptionally well-made and stable mount. It is suitable for for astronomers, photographers, and nature observers for terrestrial viewing or visual astronomy.

The all-metal GSO SkyView Deluxe can hold substantial optical tubes weighing up to 20 pounds (9kg), and there is no need for heavy counterweights to balance a heavy tube. No complex polar alignment is needed to start observing. Use the Vixen-style dovetail to easily and securely attach your telescope and start viewing.

The mount's altitude arm holding your scope can be set to vertical or to 45° (left or right tilt). This allows positioning the azimuth control knob on either the right or left hand side of the mount to suit. The vertical position works well for short telescopes, spotting scopes, and cameras. The 45° inclined position is perfect for longer tubes that need additional clearance to clear the mount base when pointed at or close to the zenith. The mount comes with one slow-motion control knob on the azimuth axis and one 8.25" flexible control cable on the altitude axis, although you can interchange these.

Fast Manual Slewing

The GSO SkyView Deluxe mount has a dual friction clutch system that lets you quickly point a scope towards a target and then track it in any direction with the smooth 120-tooth worm gear 360 degree slow-motion controls. There is no need to undo clutches to aim your scope as you would have to do when conventional slow motion controls run out of travel before reaching your target. Simply push the scope to aim it at another part of the sky. The friction clutches will disengage and the scope can move freely 360 degrees in any direction. When on or near your target, the slow motion control knobs let you center the object precisely and manually track it accurately as it moves. Friction adjustment knobs are provided to adjust the tension on the manual slewing motion of the scope to accommodate different telescope weights.

The GSO SkyView Deluxe mount has a standard Vixen dovetail mounting slot. You will need to supply your own dovetail plate to mount your optical tube on the GSO SkyView Deluxe.

Versatile Tripod

The adjustable height, two-section aluminum tripod legs have pointed tips for a solid stand on soft terrain such as dirt or grass. All fittings on the legs are aluminum. The length of the legs can be adjusted to set the height of the dovetail slot in the mounting plate between 33.5" and 47.75" high. This lets you choose the most comfortable observing position.

The locking knobs of the tripod legs are placed on the inside of the legs, so they can't snag anything while working in the dark. The tripod head has a built-in bubble level to help you get the best tracking accuracy. A folding spreader bar holds the aluminum legs firmly open, but lets them be closed quickly for transport when you're finished observing by simply lifting up on center of the spreader bar assembly. The spreader bar can accept optional accessory trays. A set of tools (4mm and 6mm hex head wrenches for the altitude arm and control knobs and a triangular flat metal key for the friction adjustment knobs) are supplied with the mount.

The complete GSO SkyView Deluxe mount and tripod assembly weighs only 13.6 lbs (6.2kg), yet has a 20 pound payload capacity, more than many other alt-azimuth mounts. Its relatively short collapsed length - 31" (79cm) tripod and 25" (63cm) mount head - make this a great mount for traveling

Comparing features, payload, and price, you’ll find the GSO SkyView Deluxe to be a top quality buy!

Please note: No assembly or usage instructions are included, but mount is easy and intuitive to use. Binoculars and spotting scopes will require the use of a suitable L-bracket (not included).

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4.1 (Based on 7 Reviews) 71% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by Stephen V.
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      Sep 19, 2018

      4.0 GSO voyager style mount

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      So far have only used it 3x for my 4” F6 refractor. Lightweight. Beats my Gibraltar since it has larger bearing surfaces and slow motion controls. No instructions, but any can be configured for arm on left or right, terrestrial arm up or Astro arm at 45 degrees and either knob or cable slow motions. Can carry entire tripod, mount and tube outside for use. Tripod could be taller and no pier extension offered. No tripod tray available to stabilize but it’s not needed.

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      Review by Bk
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      Sep 17, 2018

      2.0 Shaky

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      Couldn’t stabilize a 4 in refractor. Shakes ~5 sec making focusing a chore. No setting circle and only one slow motion flex cable that’s 8mm (you cannot purchase additional one because everyone else is making 6mm)

      Very expensive and low feature for $300, spend on something more robust. Learn from my mistake.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by Michael P.
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      May 23, 2017

      5.0 GSO Skyview Deluxe Alt-Az Telescope Mount

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      I have been a amateur backyard astronomer all my life - almost 60 years using small telescopes. I have always preferred "point & shoot" "ALT-AZ" telescope mounts and as such have owned several from manufacturers including Tasco, Unitron, Celestron, Vixen and others. recently I bought a new 'high-end' 4" APO Refractor telescope and wanted to mount it on a "better" ALT-AZ mount. After reading lots of reviews on the internet - I selected the GSO Deluxe Skyview Alt-Az mount and tripod. Bottom line - I made a very choice. The mount is well built, well designed. It's strong and sturdy. It's a precision mount - easily handles my 12#-13# 4" refractor. It's a stable mount and the slo-motions both up and down / left and right are smooth and silky. The mount is perfect for smaller scopes (like mine). One small negative - it comes with just ONE slo-motion flex cable on the ALT axis - like 9". It really could us a second on the AZ axis - preferably a 12". And it's not an easy part to find on the telescope accessory market as the slo-motion shafts on this scope are a beefy 8mm's. Most scopes have 6mm slo-motion shafts and slo-motion flex-cables for those easy to find. But the 8mm flex-cables - are next to impossible to find. I ended up finding a used one on "Cloudy Nights" and having a second one made up for me special by TELESCOPE WAREHOUSE" (he bored out a 12" 6mm MEADE slo-motion flex cable to 8mm for me. Other than this one shortcoming - the mount is perfect and worth every penny. (IMO - beats the pants off the competition currently offered by Vixen and Explore Scientific (Porta II & Twilight I) And AGENA ASTRO is a GREAT place to buy it - NICE PEOPLE. Shipped instantly. MP -
      Ballston Lake, NY

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      Review by Jon
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      Jan 16, 2017

      5.0 GSO SkyView Deluxe Alt/Az Mount

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      After much consideration of everything out there I went with the GSO SkyView Deluxe from Agena Astro. There are other mounts out there and I wont talk about them here, but looking at reviews on forums people kept bringing up the GSO SkyView as well as its private labeled twins over the years. Agena's staff were very helpful and responded to my email inquiries and questions prior to purchasing the mount! The mount arm is really nice and can be positioned multiple ways. Both axis have tension screws as well as slow motion controls. I'm using the supplied slow motion cable on the alt axis and using the knob for the azimuth, but they are easily interchangeable. The tripod folds up tightly and will stand up easily for storage in a room if you open it up just a little When using my 114mm f/4 Newtonian with it and having the tripod legs raised around 7" the mount was surprisingly stable. I did not notice any wobble or dampening time. I could move both axes with one finger with the tension loosened up even with a temperature under 30 degrees. I think with greater ambient temperature it would be even more smooth, but it was a delight to use. The only things I'd offer as potential improvements would be the following: A way to lock out the spreader and then maybe marks on the tripod legs to equalize the height all around. I do not think any of the other mounts in this class have those two items either Overall those points are not necessary as its very stable as is.

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      Review by Tom of Cranston RI.
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      Feb 21, 2015

      4.0 A quite good az mount

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      Lightweight,Easy to Use,Compact

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      Tilt Has Some Problem

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      I use this mount to carry 8" SCT, and I found that tilt operation is not work as well as pa operation - rotate in one direction is ok, the reverse rotate has some difficulty, had to tight the screw more.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by wsouza of Brazil.
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      Feb 13, 2014

      5.0 Very good!, great for a grab n go setup

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      Easy to Use,Strong Construction

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      Great mount, I use this with my 100mm f/5 refractor and with my 80ED f/7.5. Great grab and go setup.

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      Review by The DINK of Upstate SC.
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      Jul 27, 2013

      4.0 Good grab and go mount

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      Easy to Use,Lightweight,Strong Construction,Compact

      Cons:

      Only 1 Slo-mo Cable

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      This is a great grab n go setup for a small scope. With my C5 it is rock solid. Dampening time is under a second after a sharp tap at 185x. It's fairly light weight, and folds down to a fairly manageable size. It's beefier and heavier than it appears in the picures. It does come with some nice machined aluminum handles that can be used instead of slo-mo cables, but only 1 slo-mo cable.
      The problems I have with it are:
      -didn't come with assembly instructions (not rocket science, so it didn't take long to figure out).
      -there are noticeable tighter spots in the worm gears of both axis.
      -the connection for the slo-mo handles are fatter than any of the others I have, so if you want an extra, you'll probably have to buy it.
      -carrying it in 45degree mode will often get you smacked in the head as the thing will spin as you carry it unless you tighten it down.
      -didn't come with anything to lock the spreaders. it could probably handle a bit bigger scope if you had something to lock the legs in place.
      -the az slo-mo is directly in line with the center line of the scope, so longer scopes may hit the slo-mo handle (if you have it on the az) as you move toward zenith.
      -tripod seems a bit short. I found myself bending over a bit more than I'd like (I'm 6ft).

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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