Mounting a camera on an LXD75
Posted 12 September 2009 - 10:54 PM
Is anyone using anything like this and perhaps has a picture they can back this up with?
Posted 13 September 2009 - 01:09 AM
dovetail fits into standard LXD or Skywatcher (CG-5) and you can add whatever plates and extra's on top with a bit of drilling/machining.
Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate 08"
Dovetail Mounting Plate for V-Style Mounts.
Includes Skywatcher EQ5, HEQ5 and EQ6. Celestron CG-5, Meade LXD55 and LXD75
Dovetail mounting plates provide a platform for coupling telescope optical tubes to SkyView Pro and Atlas equatorial mounts. Tube rings (sold separately) bolt on to the dovetail plate, which then fits into the dovetail slot on the equatorial head.
Dovetail plates are made of extruded, anodized aluminum.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 02:36 AM
I am just putting together the same thing you are only on a CG-5 mount. I found this dovetail bar here and ordered it for myself. I suspect that will be more convenient if all you want to do is hook up a camera to the mount (what I plan) then a generic dovetail that you have to modify. Cheaper too.
However - take what I say with a grain of salt because I am very much a newbie and have yet had that dovetail in hand to tell if fits the bill like I expect.
I also found this one here, but I suspect the flat bar will be the better solid mount even if the L bracket is easier to use. Plus, and I could be wrong, I think the L bracket ends up with the camera 90deg from what a regular scope mounts at.
Hope that helps.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 08:01 AM
Posted 13 September 2009 - 08:30 AM
Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:27 AM
This is what the quick release adapter looks like :
This is the universial dovetail camera adapter :
Tbe dovetail clamp for the sidebyside bar looks like
The top half of the quick release adapter is permanently attached to the bottom of my 40D , I've also got another on on the tripod foot for my big Tamron 300mm f2.8 LD lens.
Esssentially the dovetail adapter with quick release base stays permanently on my CG5 or my homebrew sidebyside adapter plate.
When I simply either attach the big Tamron to the quick release base by sliding it in (takes a few seconds) and I slide the locker under the quick release lever - that secures it. I then attach the camera .
Or if I am using a smaller lens , I simply attach the camera with lens attached as above.
Saves a lot of stuffing about.
A home brew sidebyside plate is easy to rig up with basic power tools , and dirt cheap using offcuts of 10mm thick Al flat bar and vixen style dovetail clamp for the guide scope (which sits on a dovetail bar with some tube rings).
An short offcut if vixen dovetail bar holds the whole affair to the GEM's dovetail clamp.
Works pretty well ....
Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:41 PM
Of course this *IS* a 30 year old beat up mount that is not of the same quality of the ones we are talking about here.... (thus my purchase of a CG-5 to arrive soon)