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#1 bookworm14

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 12:48 PM

A name to go with this would be appreciated.

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#2 Eddgie

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:34 PM

It "looks" like it is an adapter to allow you to mount some kind of telescope to a camera tripod. If the hole on the left is 1/4-20 thread, the hole on the right would probably take a screw that goes in from the side shown in the picture into the scope tube or mirror cell.

The other side looks to have a radius cut in it.

I can give it a name... "A Useless thingy." unless you can find out what it fits.. LOL...

#3 LLEEGE

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:13 PM

It looks like the mounting foot off of a WO80 telescope and others of that ilk. It is used to attach the scope to a photo tripod. It is removable to allow mounting the scope in rings. Here is an image of a WO80 with it mounted.

#4 WarrenS

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:03 PM

That looks exactly like the mounting foot to my 80mm Onyx that I removed last month! It's a combo 1/4" tripod thread adapter/ vixen dovetail mount. They're probably all made by the "Acme 80mm Telescope Mounting Foot Company" somwhere in China.

#5 bookworm14

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:47 PM

Thanks everybody. Now I know what to call it. But I am still not sure what it is for. Where does it go and what does it do?

#6 LLEEGE

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:24 AM

If you look at the link I provided, you can see that it mounts to the scope. It screws to the focuser.


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