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#1 mtlott

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 09:42 AM

I came home from NEAF with a great little AT Voyager tripod. I liked the slo-mo controls but felt I needed a little "more" - I wanted a panhandle! I found Manny Myles here on CN and he made some nice accessories for me - a panhandle on an extended bracket, a bent bar to rotate & move forward the mounting arm and an eyepiece tray. The bent bar really helps to separate the Alt-Az controls, plus it moves the center of gravity a bit so my set-up is not so back-heavy. The eyepiece tray is two-piece, sandwiching the leg braces and increasing the stability. Manny also made me a simple dovetail bar with a 1/4-20 knob so I can also use the tripod for my DSLR and my Canon binos. (An AT 8" pier extension is just now available, which will make using cameras & binos and longer FR scopes much more comfortable, especially if you're tall like me.)

I've attached a photo of the Voyager with the new panhandle & bent bar.

Thanks, Manny! :jump:

Marie

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#2 mtlott

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 09:43 AM

Here's my new eyepiece tray.

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#3 mtlott

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 09:45 AM

Here's the camera dovetail.

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#4 Manny Myles

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:34 PM

Marie,
Your setup looks very nice and am glad you like the mods for it.
Great photos of it too <G>
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#5 Nick-Sydney

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 04:07 PM

Very nice!!! I just got a Voyager and am still getting acquainted with it. Really like it so far. Nice to see your mods - they look great!

#6 Dylan Gladstone

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 11:25 AM

Judging by the photos, the parts look so well matched to the mount they could be stock.

(Astro-Tech should pay Manny for some R&D work! :D)

#7 John Miele

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 01:21 PM

Hi,

Any way I could get in touch with Manny? I'm interested in these brackets. Thanks.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for the compliments Nick and Dylan I do try to make these as nice as one might want them to be.
You will have to compliment Jay Scheuerle for the E/P tray as its his concept and I have permission to make these then I add my twists and turns for the mounting system as its different than his.
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Posted 15 September 2008 - 08:53 PM

John,

Just click on Manny's username link & send him a private message. He'll be happy to make some custom mods for your particular setup.

Marie






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