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#1 Javier

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 07:29 PM

I'm not sure if this question should go in the Reflector or Mounts forum. I own a Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector and I have noticed that when certain Dec and RA coordinates are used the OTA will hit one of the tripod legs. Is there a way to prevent this?

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:03 PM

If you're using the CG4 mount, you could add an Orion mount extension. Their Skyview Pro Mount extension fits the CG4 and CG5 Celestron mounts.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:15 PM

My suggestion also. But they are steel, quite heavy, and not cheap. I have one.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:23 PM

Seems like there would be a market for say a really rigid 8" aluminum extension cylinder that fit any tripod with a 3/8ths screw and provided a top with a 3/8 bolt, but I've not seen anything exactly like that....

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 04:54 AM

Thanks guys.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:47 AM

Seems like there would be a market for say a really rigid 8" aluminum extension cylinder that fit any tripod with a 3/16 screw and provided a top with a 3/16 bolt, but I've not seen anything exactly like that....

Might be even better with the more standard 3/8" and M10 size bolts :whistle:

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:52 PM

Not too long ago another CN member tried to make an aluminum extension tube for a tripod and posted info to let others know it could be done - here's the link.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:39 PM

Might be even better with the more standard 3/8" and M10 size bolts :whistle:

:lol: Yup - meant 3/8th - fixed my post so I don't look like an idiot :grin:

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 12:14 PM

The best thing is to find a portable pier and use it instead of a tripod. There are a large number of piers out there. Surprisingly the Astro-Physics piers are inexpensive and do a good job. ATS is another option, and I'm sure there are others still.

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