CPC tripod for 8se
Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:21 PM
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:48 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:51 PM
Matt- I just looked on Amazon and the cheapest right now is $206 in "good" condition. Hopefully they will have some more "like new" ones for a little cheaper soon.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:54 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:57 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:48 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:18 AM
I had a few minutes last night for a quick test of the new tripod with the 8se. Like I said, that tripod is very solid. If you kick a leg, the vibrations damp out more quickly than the stock tripod. This will help for use with our kids and at outreach events. Overall I would say it improved stability, but there is still a a good deal of vibration when focusing. This must be a result of the mount itself. I didn't use my vibration suppression pads - I'll have to try those next time.
I'll need to do more testing, but overall I would say that stability was improved somewhat, not a lot. I may need to get an electric focuser to get rid of the vibration induced by manual focusing.
At times I do wonder if the mount itself can be tightened up a little to improve stability. I know that you don't want to over-tighten the clutches and cause problems with motor and gear wear, but does anyone know if there are locations on the frame/structure of the single-arm mount itself that sometimes need to be tightened to provide more rigidity. I've never taken the mount apart to check. Thanks.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:46 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:54 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
However my spreader bar on the CPC tripod does not look like the one shown in the picture ...I'm guessing but my CPC si 3 or 4 years old...
I have NEVER mounted the CPC on its tripod.. its pier mounted in my observatory...IF I had to lug that sucker outside I would not have purchased it.. Tooooo Big toooo heavy
Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:02 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:54 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:24 PM
I have noticed that there is a small amount of play in the mount base between the two sections labeled 1 and 2 in the attached photo. Is that normal for the SE bases? I've had my 8se for 3 years now, and have used it quite a bit. I don't know if the play in the base is new or if I just had not noticed it previously.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:29 PM
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:35 AM
I checked the azimuth drive sprocket, both little hex screws were tight. I then tightened the azimuth nut a little tighter than it was. There is still just a little play, but not quite as much. Hoping for a clear and not so windy night to try it out soon.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:20 AM
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:51 AM
Glad you were able to fix the issue.