Need secure attachment after OT plunged
Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:38 PM
Upon inspection, no damage except the finderscope which nearly got torn off, it took the brunt of the fall. Ironically... later in the night I discovered that the fall actually perfectly collimated my optical tube.
The cause? Piece of JUNK cheap manufacturing from Meade. The scope was secure, however the metal on the dove plate sheered off, as if it was made from soft metal. Last year I had already made it clear that I would never buy from Meade again considering the quality issues I had with the LXD75 mount, the optics/collimation and now this.
Now my question is, where I can find a quality dove bar for my Meade SN-8? Does it need to be steel? Any recommendations? I need it to be compatible with the Atlas EQ-G. Thanks in advance!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:54 PM
Edit: I realized after I posted that your mount doesn't use Losmandy-style adapters. Oops. Still might want to check Astronomics, though.
Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:57 PM
Try http://www.admaccessories.com/ for dovetails. The Atlas i believe is a vixen style head. You might even be able to replace the head mount with a more sturdy clamp too. ADM doesn't list parts for the Atlas though.
Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:06 PM
Ouch on the telescope, I have nightmares about something like that happening and just changed over from the Vixen style to ADM's puck adapter (Should be here any day now). It will be all ADM Losmandy on my EQ6 from now on and really looking forward to it!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:26 PM
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:28 AM
I bought the top mount one and a set of guide rings for my guide scope when I discovered, after upgrading my mount, that the Atlas bar is longer than the Sirius bar. The $35 (I think) cost was better than the four or more hours it would have taken me to make a new guide scope attachment.