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Old 02-01-2020, 11:56 AM
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DSV-3 alt-az mount with Sky Commander

Am reluctantly selling this much loved but under-used mount.

Full specs here: http://www.desertskyastro.com/DSV-3.html

Condition is excellent. The only real signs of use are on the quick balance system (QBS) where the sliding weight has worn marks on the bar.

The mount can be used with a single scope or two at a time. It can easily carry an 8" f/5 Newt (my main dark sky scope) and moves smoothly with a single finger. At home I've been using it with a C8 and the mount is rock solid. According to user reports it can carry a TEC 140 or C11 with a suitable tripod.

The screw thread on the base of the mount is 5/8"-11 but included is an adapter to convert it to M10. The adapter has a cut out to fit directly to EQ5 style tripods with North alignment peg. The tripod in the pictures is from a Meade LXD-75 and has 2" legs.

The mount is fitted with encoders and Sky Commander DSC. The DSC can be upgraded easily to Argo Navis or Nexus although you might need a new bracket since they are bigger than the Sky Commander unit.

Package includes:

- DSV-3 mount with encoders (7200 step)
- Quick Balance System
- Sky Commander DSC
- Adapter from 5/8"-11 to M10
- Meade LXD-75 tripod with 2" steel legs

Current new price is close to $2,500 plus a very long wait time.

Asking $1,250.

I am offering this as pickup only or within reasonable drive of Sydney.

Enquiries by PM please.


I have a near new Saxon 8" f/5 Newtonian OTA that can be purchased with the mount if desired. I am also selling a vintage C8.

Note that I no longer have the Maks and refractors shown in the photos.
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Last edited by MortonH; 10-01-2020 at 09:34 AM.


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