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#1 gustave

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:28 PM

I have Televue 4"Genesis and want to star hop up with it. The Tripod came with an equatorial head. I want to keep the very nice quality tripod but want to put on an alt-atz head for star hoping. Does anyone know of any possibilities to make this work? Televue tells me that the tripod that came with the genesis (16 yrs ago) will not accommodate their Alt-Az Gibraltar head and I would have to purchase a whole new tripod with the Gibraltar Alt-Az head. Much to expensive for me....so what to do?

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:57 PM

Not sure, but that equatorial mount(Vixen Polaris?) maybe adjusted as to make it function like a alt/az by moving the altitude adjustment forward so the RA and Dec copy a alt/az motions.

Example in photo of a Meade equatorial used as a alt/az.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:03 PM

Or just get one of these Oberwerk blem wooden tripods for $75 here:

http://www.bigbinocu...om/tradeins.htm

Works well with my Genesis SDF and Telepod head.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:36 PM

Thanks for the tips on what I can do with what I have and what I can do with what little ($) I have. Much appreciated Jim






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