Giro 3 and general alt/az questions
Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:58 PM
My question concerns the sizes. The sell it with either a 30mm diameter hub or a 60mm diameter hub. Also, the center attaching thread is either 3/8"x16 or 10mmx1.5.
I have an Atlas...would that tripod work with any of those dimensions?
My main question is for after market tripods, which hub size would be best for the widest variety of choices? Same thing with the center attaching bolt?
I've never bought an alt/az like this so I'm curious about these different sizes and dont know jack.
I've send off an email to Teton with some questions but was just curious if anyone can fill me in on any of this.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 06:31 AM
I don't know if the 60mm with 10mm thread version will be a good fit with the Atlas tripod base which is wider than the CG-5, though the threads should match up.
I do recommend using a counterweight bar on the Giro III for your 111mm refractor.
Mark(Teton) will probably give a definite answer as to Atlas tripod compatibility. Good luck!
Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:28 AM
I'll call and find out for sure.
Thanks for the help.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:02 PM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:41 PM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 07:45 PM
Thanks and I hope therocksal doesn't mind me posting this suplementary (though related) question in this thread.
Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:25 AM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 08:13 AM
However I made a simple adaptor plate out of 18mm plywood and a bolt for the Giro Ii cutout so it fitted on my EQ6 tripod. Took all of 30 mins and works well. Dense plywood has very little bend, none when clamped between the tripod base and the Giro II and has worked very well ever since.
Posted 11 September 2009 - 10:51 AM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 02:41 AM
Plywood is great for things like this. A sheet of plywood is very cheap, it can be used for so many 'little' things like these type of adaptors. When you've finished, run a little sandpaper over it and then spray it with a matt black paint and it looks great. Making aluminium or steel look 'professional' is hard work, plywood is easy.