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#1 VectorRoll

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

I am wondering if anyone knows a site to go to that has some sort of telescope mount or an adapter for a mount that can be used with a surveying tripod. It can be for either a Altazimuth or Equatorial type mount. I am not picky. I just want to be able to attach it to one of my surveying tripods. I have two surveying tripods here. One is a David White and the other is a Northwest. Both have a 3-1/2x8 thread for the Transit. I can get an adapter to make it a 5/8x11 thread if need be.

So does anyone have any idea on where I can go look for such an adapter or mount?

#2 Pat at home

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I use a survey tripod (Leica) and simply removed the original bolt. I then use an off the shelf bolt of the right size and a big flat washer, the mounts own bolt with a washer and a wooden spacer also works.

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#3 neotesla

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

Try contacting Universal Astronomics. I can't remember if they are on their website, but I have contacted them before about making mount adapters.

Ken Duzat (sp?) used to be a good source but he has since stopped producing components.

Another place is Crawmach Machine, try getting in touch to see how much they would charge for making what you need.

#4 SteveG

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:37 PM

Go to accesories, then tripod adaptors (pull down menus):
http://www.universalastronomics.com/

#5 VectorRoll

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into that site and if need be try what (Pat at home) suggested.
Thanks again.

#6 hottr6

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

Here is the UA adapter sandwiched between a surveyors mount and CG5 GEM.

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#7 ccs_hello

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

$3.98 DIY idea this old post in CN.

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