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#1 skycamper

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

I need a good website for GP mount hardware and thumbscrews. anyone have ideas? Ace does not have alot of metric. And what they do have is expensive. Thanks.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

Ace does not have alot of metric. And what they do have is expensive. Thanks.
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The ACE that used to be a couple hundred feet away from my observatory had lots, and it was inexpensive. Sadly, they closed last year and I now have the same lack of availability. I'll be watching this thread for solutions! ;)

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

Vixen North America "Spare Parts: eyepiece / optic caps, scope box, screws, knobs, motor covers, worm gears, pins, battery cases, MT-4 motor, rack/pinion focusers, ... Call 845-469-8660 for availability"
Probably limited to stock on hand.

Vixen Optics: support@vixenoptics.com

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

I was looking for nylon screws, ace had nothing in metric. Metric thumbscrews for my accesory tripod tray were $2.40 each!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

I was looking for nylon screws, ace had nothing in metric. Metric thumbscrews for my accesory tripod tray were $2.40 each!


scopestuff.com has a variety of metric thumb screws for under $1.00. Free shipping, too!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

Yeah thats a good idea John, thanks!
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:57 PM

My fallback for odd hardware is McMaster Carr online. It may take you quite a while to look through the choices and they generally stock small metric fasteners in both normal M thread and some of the metric fine thread as well. Read the small print. They even haves linked drawings etc. I've ordered small quantities for various astronomy, audio, and auto projects. Good service too.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:48 PM

I would like actual plastic knobs to replace the wing nuts on the vixen tripods. Let me know if anyone has options for that.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:25 AM

I have replaced all of my wing nut screws on my tripods. I don't like them at all. I have used the knobs from ScopeStuff. They are called larger size rosette knob thumbscrews. They are stainless with nice plastic knobs. Much easier to spin in my hands. Some I have needed to trim down a bit shorter to meet my requirement.
McMaster Carr also is a good source.

Happy hunting. :)

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