New uses for an old Celestron tripod
Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:59 PM
I asked the seller the diameter of the top plate and he said it was 6.5 inches in diameter. I thought I would be able to adopt this to my application by drilling and tapping some new holes because I'm too cheap to buy a Rob Miller tripod and my 30-lb home-made wooden tripod is getting annoying to haul around.
The tripod has some existing through-holes and (tapped) blind holes in the base plate, which match to bosses on the back of the base:
The seller did say that the base plate was only 0.125" thick, so I thought I'd have to epoxy some aluminum backing plates or fender washers to the underside to strengthen the base around the new holes I'd drill.
To my great surprise.. these holes are an exact fit for my application (no drilling required!):
In fact the mount looks like it belongs on this piece of 1980s technology:
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:39 AM
Best, Linda B.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:53 AM
the problem i see with the spreader is that the end-clamps are plastic. but heck it's lasted 25 years... and supposedly Celestron sold them underneath the C11.
That said, this one's not as solid as my 30-lb wood tripod. But I think its due to the crumbling 25-year-old rubber feet.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:54 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:58 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:14 PM
Well at least I thought that's how it is... might explain why my attempts haven't been so good. I will try using PEMPro as well, but it requires access to much of the sky and my balcony has a fairly limited view.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:55 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:30 PM
Another coincidence, notice the line up of the holes on the Losmandy G9 adapter plate line up with those on the Adjustable Tripod.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:20 PM