low-latitude wedge for CGEM
Posted 10 April 2011 - 11:33 PM
CGEM only goes down to 15 degrees. I need it to hit zero.
Astro-Physics has such an adapter for the AP900 (the WDG/WDGA). There is no such adapter for the CGEM, and tilting the whole mount by extending one leg is a precarious operation.
I've been in contact with someone who can machine the adapter for me (I had an initial design which he revised to make it one-piece and easier to machine) but the cost is a bit more than I'd like to pay (almost half of what my used CGEM cost..)
Do I have any other options?
Posted 11 April 2011 - 01:06 PM
It may help to "justify" the cost of the adapter. At least, this advice was told to me, and it helped me decide to have something machined.
I was looking for an adapter plate to use a certain tripod with a certain mount head - so something had to be machined for me. The quote i got was very high in my opinion for what it actually was.
But i quickly changed my opinion of its high price when i was told the following -
1. If someone is willing to machine a one-off item for you your going to pay for it.
2. The owner of the machine puts wear and tear on their machine to make this for you.
3. Your project is taking time away from other "repeating" projects. Its likely when your business is finished, your not returning for something else
So remember that - and hopefully it will justify the cost of the part you require. Best of luck.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:00 AM
Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:19 AM
Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:21 AM
But anyway it is what it is. I'm actually toying with the idea of enrolling in a machining class just to get access to the milling machine and lathe. Machining is a possibly interesting hobby as well.