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I have received a new Celestron Powerseeker 127 (a 5' short Newtonian), however it came without a tripod mount.

Ideas or suggestions on how to procure the right mount our a suitable alternative would be most welcome.

I am looking for sourcing tips rather than advice on how to choose a tripod.

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    $\begingroup$ Did you buy it yourself from a dealer, was it given as a gift, etc? (For a new scope I would always recommend getting the right part from the dealer, as you wouldn't want to invalidate a warranty by fitting an equivalent part.) $\endgroup$ – Andy May 12 '16 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of What should I look for in an astronomy tripod? $\endgroup$ – Sir Cumference May 12 '16 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ @sir Not really asking for technical advice on how to choose a good tripod as much as wondering where do I find the part? :) $\endgroup$ – 0xF2 May 13 '16 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ @andy it was a gift... no seller to go back to. $\endgroup$ – 0xF2 May 13 '16 at 4:24
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    $\begingroup$ If you've been given the tube (the optical tube assembly) and need a tripod or mount, you could always search for the current Celestron catalog and see if it's possible to buy the bits you need. Otherwise, I'd suggest Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) - build a simple but solid Dobsonian mount out of wood... (lots of design ideas online.) (Also - the answer James has just posted mentions a few of the common mounts well known to the astronomical community which you could search for.) $\endgroup$ – Andy May 13 '16 at 7:41
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A high end photographic tripod would probably work but it will be difficult to make small tracking adjustments. So a proper astronomical mount would be much better.

An EQ2 mount would just about manage a scope of that size however an EQ3-2 would be a lot more stable and have the advantage that you can either get a goto version initially or upgrade at a later date.

If you are on a tighter budget and/or don't want an equatorial mount then something like a Celestron Heavy Duty Alt/Az Tripod or Skywatcher AZ3 Alt Az Mount would be suitable.

All of the mounts mentioned are available from numerous online retailers but shop around as prices can vary.

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  • $\begingroup$ There are a lot of Celestron go-to AZ mounts on eBay presently, but I am not sure how or if those could be mated to this optical tube. $\endgroup$ – 0xF2 May 13 '16 at 23:25
  • $\begingroup$ 0xF2 - what mounting hardware does it have - in particular do you have the rings that go round the tube, which are needed to attach the scope to most types of mount. $\endgroup$ – Dr Chuck May 15 '16 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @DrChuck: thankfully it did come with the rings that grip the tube, and a mounting plate joining the two that has screw holes. $\endgroup$ – 0xF2 May 21 '16 at 20:33
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If you search for "vixen/synta mounts" you should find lots of compatible mounts and tripods. There is a huge range of prices and level of features. Check out what the specifications say about their load capacity, relative to the weight of your scope.

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