How do you weigh down your EQ3 mounts?
Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:20 AM
I opted to drill out the center section of my plastic spreader that holds the legs together on the tripod and run a stainless eyelot (eyelot towards the bottom) and using a rock climbing snap I hooked up a HUGE bucket with which I can fill with water, rocks, dirt...whatever is around me. The latter worked but viewing last night a mild wind came by and the scope shook. I dont think the tripod went anywhere. I can grab my tube and move the gear section (the part where the diagonal goes in) and there is alot of endplay there....unless you use the set screw but then loosening and refocusing after changing out the eyepiece and tightening...over and over again is a hassle.
The only other thing that moves is the declination clutch, there is some end play on that and there really is no way to tighten that up. The R.A. clutch seems to be holding together just fine.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:54 AM
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:05 PM
The EQ6 Pro doesn't need an anvil .. !! I still don't go out in the wind.
Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:09 AM
I hang a one gallon milk jug full of water from the spreader bars and that works very well. The best solution I have found though and if it is possible for you is to set up on grass.
The milk jug trick works well, and is easier to carry than iron weights like an anvil.
The other suggestion is to get a meatier tripod/mount combo. My CGE Pro is about 175 lbs (with 50lbs of CW) before the scope goes on. I suppose a hurricane could blow it over... but not much else. When someone stumbles into this thing in the dark - they just bounce off.