Warning: LXD75 SN Dovetail & Atlas
Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:40 PM
Ugh. Rough night.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:11 PM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:59 AM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:03 AM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:09 AM
Ack! I lost a rare night of imaging and did some serious damage to my gear. Fortunately, it all looks fixable. The good news is that I was seriously considering putting my AR-6 on this mount. Now THAT would have been a disaster!
Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:13 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:28 AM
Scopestuff sell a nice replacement aluminum dovetail for LXD55/ 75 mounts to solve this problem.
That is exactly what I've getting (along with a set of rings) for my older (1989 vintage) Meade 2080.
It started out as an LX-5 fork mount. I deforked it, added a full length dove tail bar and mounted it on an LXD-75.
Then I realized I needed to adjust for cone error. I looked into getting OEM parts, but I've been told the Meade saddle plate (aka dove tail) is cheap pot metal and prone to failure.
Hopefully I'll have the new plate and rings in the next couple of weeks...
I didn't find the extra dovetail retainer bolt was necessary.
(I had this problem with Meade SN8. )
Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:10 PM
The Atlas is a nice mount, but compared to my LXD75 it's been a bit of a pain to get working smoothly. the LXD75 had it's quirks, but it was cheap, lightweight (relatively), and easy to work with. I'm sure the Atlas will grow on me once I get everything migrated over to it and the kinks worked out, but right now it's a bit of a mess.
One crisis at a time...