Tak - TG-LM Lapides Mod.Alt /Az head?
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:30 PM
Does this "head only" offering come with a Vixen saddle?
...as shown here.
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:40 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:26 PM
I bought one back in February from OPT and it does not come with the Vixen saddle - it's just the head only. I put a Losmandy/Vixen combo saddle on it that I bought from ADM. Great mount, though.
Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:48 PM
These are generally available as the mount only. They have a base that is tapped for 3/8-16 bolt and the diameter of the mount base will fit inside a Vixen tripod hub (Orion)or on top of a tripod such as a TV Gibraltar or many other tripods that can accommodate a 3/8" bolt. The head of the mount is tapped for two 8mm holes on 35mm centers. Vixen makes a vixen-style saddle that fits the mount. Losmandy and Casady also make saddles (3") that fit the Teegul with the same 35mm c-c.
Takahashi also makes a Vixen style saddle that replaces the part of the mount head with the 8mm tapped holes--problem is that if you get this and use a long vixen-style dovetail, the scope/dovetail may contact the mount when raised to zenith. IMO this is a design issue that Tak has not yet addressed. (EDIT-- I experienced this problem and returned the part).
More questions? I'll try....
Posted 10 July 2009 - 05:14 AM
I have a ScopeStuff Vixen saddle that should be compatible if I decide to order one.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 11:19 AM
Do these mounts have clutches (ie- can they be used without the slow motion controls) and if so are they friction clutches or simply on/off?
What is the realitic weight capacity (ie- 3 second dampening at x150 mags)
Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:30 PM
Posted 10 July 2009 - 01:22 PM
Weight capacity and damping is partially dependent upon the tripod. Using the Teegul on a lightweight tripod such as a Bogen 475 for GnG, 8-10 pounds would be my recommendation. On my TV Gibraltar Tripod, I find that 12-14 pounds is fine. Using my rebuilt Gibraltar tripod with solid one piece walnut/oak legs or my Stellarvue Stablelock tripod, I've gone up to about 18-20 pounds with reasonably quick damping. All my OTAs are relatively short which contributes to much less vibration than you'll have with a very long OTA. SCTs (C5 and C6)and MCTs (M500 and M603) also work very well on the Teegul. Haven't tried a C8 but I'm sure it would work nicely especially considering the short tube.
Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:48 AM
Posted 11 July 2009 - 02:57 PM
Posted 12 July 2009 - 12:09 AM
This mount and combo though was purchased originally for my TMB105/650 and it's just about a perfect match for that scope (about 14/15lbs fully loaded).