Added an extension to my Skyview AZ mount
Posted 26 May 2009 - 08:23 PM
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:38 AM
Posted 28 May 2009 - 09:59 AM
Cap, what's the scope? I'm curious about the weight and need for the counterweight.
Scope: 6" F8...23 lbs. VERY smooth operation!!!!
Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:06 PM
Very nice. Makes using the mount\scope much easier. I pitched my HEAVY steel tube and made one from aluminum....still grab & go and lighter.
Very nice work. I wish I could do that. For now, I'll huff and puff and if I'm lucky, not put my back out. And maybe, just maybe I might build up some muscle on this flabby body of mine.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:38 PM
starlighter...wheres your tripod spreader? or did it just not get put on in the pic?
Posted 28 May 2009 - 06:56 PM
Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:05 PM
When you get a chance...
Could you please let me know how much the mount weighs by itself? Orion's website lists the total weight of the mount and tripod but not the specific weight of the mount.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:25 PM
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:31 PM
The ID required is closer to 3 11/16 but this should work fine with a little shimming. The original steel pipe ID is actually a little bigger than it needs to be too. Will post another message after it arrives.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:15 PM
Kerry, could you share with us how you made the aluminum extension?
I actually have 3 of them, all different sizes for different scope packages. (Sold one of them just recently)
Started life as a 5 ft. long piece of 4" diam. aluminum tube with a thick wall, 3\8th's I believe. I cut the tubes to the desired length's and put each on a lathe and turned the inside to the diameter of the original end caps that came with the extension. The fit is much better and not as loose as the steel pipe that it comes with. I also re-machined the top cap to the same O.D. as the tube for a seemless look. Had it powder coated to match, and used new stainless steel button head allen screws.
I just had the aluminum powder coated a few weeks ago, but the other one is still bare aluminum.