Upgrade for old Bogen 3001?
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:43 PM
I've been looking at the well-regarded-products from Universal Astronomics, and I'm almost sold on either the
Dwarfstar or the Microstar mount. I'm wondering, though, whether there are other good options that would attach to my old Bogen? Part of me also wonders whether I would just be better off getting a new mount altogether. At some point, I'll get another scope, maybe an ED80 or even something a bit larger, but probably still a smallish refractor. I looked at the Vixen Porta II at a local shop recently, and it seemed solid.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:58 AM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:28 AM
If the 3001 otherwise works for you, why not just replace the plywood piece with a piece of aluminum angle?
I owned a 3001, it was adequate for a 66mm ED and should be reasonable for your ST-80 but an ED-80 would be too much for it. For ED-80 class scopes, the Portamount II is a good choice. I have an Portamount I, these days I use it with my 80mm F/7. It will handle a 4 inch refractor but the Hands on Optics wooden tripod legs are a real help with a 4 inch. I really like the slow motion controls for centering and tracking at higher magnifications.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:09 AM
I hadn't even considered aluminum, I'll give that a try if my next attempt doesn't work out. I bought a small piece of 3/4" maple, it should be considerably more durable than the plywood I've been using. We'll see how sharp my saw blades are later today.
I also recently acquired an old heavy-duty tripod and video-type mount from a friend at work. It needs a couple of small parts, but one way or another I can eventually use it for either this scope or something considerable larger. It's more of a project and expense than dealing with the Bogen, however.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:21 PM
The plate also makes a good platform for a MRF and/or green laser. Works great and can be swapped out for binoculars in just seconds because of a QR plate attachment.