SCT Semi-portable tripod for under $100
Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:55 PM
By Gil Violette
Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:08 PM
Looks good with the Dynamax on it. You can say you've traded in your "golden pyramid" for a wooden one.
(Are you the Gil Violette who used to work at Criterion in the early 80's?
Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:14 PM
I built the tripod after acquiring the Dynamax from another contributor to this site. He mentioned me in an article he had written, and the admins facilitated contact.
I sold my Dynamax a long time ago, figuring I could always build another one. The B & L acquisition crushed that dream, however. This scope is in remarkable condition for it's age, the optics are quite good, and I had enough spare parts to give it a tune up.
All in all, a happy end to a thirty year quest.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:18 AM
Another possible space-saving feature: finding a way to attach the A-beams to the hardwood so that they can be closed (joined together) for transport. Two curved slots on the hardwood plate might do the trick, along with a quick and effective way to partly undo and then tighten the big attachment bolts.
I may well do this for long focal length daytime photography, as well as telescope support. Thanks again for the tips.