Old Beast of a Mount - Looking for Ideas
Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:01 PM
Well I was thinking about eventually getting a sturdier tripod for my 5 pound scope, and this is a sturdier tripod. I'm not sure about the mount itself, though. It's missing the 1/4-20 screw, which is no big deal, but I've sort of had my heart set on something like either Porta II or even a Dwarfstar, which is plenty for my old scope (Celestron version of the ST80).
The mount won't be easy to get off the tube. The tripod itself is the Davis & Sanford Mark II, but there's a post that is pressed into the top of the tube which is integral to the alt-az mount. Here's what it looks like:
I talked to Tiffen's tech support (they purchased Davis & Sanford a long time ago) and the person I spoke to, Harry, had never seen anything like this. Has anyone ever owned one of these? And, has anyone ever replaced the mount?
I'm going to try to use it as is, but I'm not too enthused about the mount. The tripod, however, is terrific; it's lightweight and it's rated for 50 lbs. It just needs a little cleaning up. For my astronomical needs, it might just last a lifetime.
Looking for suggestions and input on this one. I don't want to hack it and destroy it, but I would like the flexibility to use a different mount. If I can't, I may just sell it, as the last thing I need in my cluttered house is another large dust-gathering item. My friend doesn't want it back - I told him he could easily get $75-100 off Craigslist for it, but he just doesn't want to deal with it.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:25 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:52 PM
The tech I spoke to thought it might be reasonable to try to knock the post out with a dowel, provided I secure the black tube so I'm not hammering against the elevation gears. Otherwise, it might be possible to just cut it off, assuming that enough of the black tube remains to be useful. It extends so the whole thing can get about 7 feet high, so I think I could afford to lose a couple of inches. I'm going to take my time with it. It's a nice, solid piece. I don't want to ruin it if someone else could use it if I can't.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:41 PM
Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:34 PM