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#1 skyquest25

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

I just discovered my Tripod is damaged !! Anyone know if this can be welded ?? Any help would be appreciated, terribly distraught :confused:

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#2 nitegeezer

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:24 PM

I know that sheet aluminum can be welded by someone that is good with a TIG. I am not sure if this casting has an alloy that would cause a problem, but I would take it into a good welding shop and listen to what they say.

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#3 skyquest25

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

Thank you. Going to take it to welding shop tomorrow. Beevo with the LX50 yahoo group said these tripods were terrible with play and the aluminum casting was of low quality. He gave a suggestion of shimming the bolt connections with some brass washers, which I will do as well if the tripod can be repaired.

Anyone else with suggestions or comments are much welcome.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

If I am seeing the problem correctly, if it cannot be welded conventionally, a careful cleaning of the area and a liberal application of JB-Weld (available at almost every hardware / walmart etc) would most likely hold that just fine, again if it cannot be welded conventionally.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

Yes that probably would be my next step. Also wondering how much to get one made ?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:47 AM

Well the more I research this, the more I find others with the same type of problem. These Meade tripod head castings are pretty low quality.

Here's another earlier this year:

http://www.cloudynig...5625464/Main...

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:58 AM

Here's a typical advertisement gimmick. Meade has these tripods for $295.00. Hayneedle (telescopes.com) wants to claim a sale of 40% , with a price of $268.00. So they had to raise the retail price to claim the 40%. Sad !! :mad:

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

If you lived closer I'd see if there was a way to adapt the LX80 tripod for your use. I have this extra one I've been trying to sell but nobody serious wants to buy it.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

Yes I do believe your a bit from my location :jump:

What are asking for this mount ? You can PM me the details if you'd like. I don't think I would be traveling to CA anytime soon.

Thank you for wanting to help !

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

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#11 skyquest25

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

Picking my mount up in a hour from the welders to see if they could repair it. If not, I'd have to evaluate if the tripod would be capable of mounting a superwedge to it. I can let you know if that is an option.

Again, I appreciate you wanting to help.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

Well here's the finished product. I think the welder did pretty good with what he had to work with. Just need to add some paint. Oh and add some spacer washers to the tripod bolts so it doesn't happen again.


Thanks to everyone who took a minute to offer their advice and help.

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#13 skyquest25

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

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#14 tim57064

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

Looks pretty good, now we know it works in case it happens to anyone else.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:23 PM

Looks like a very well executed fillet weld...

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:07 PM

That guy knows how to weld..
Trust me it is very hard to get a good "BEAD" with 2 different thickness of Cast Aluminum.. Be careful it will be slightly subject to failure just AHEAD of the weld.
It leaved a "soft" area just ahead of the weld itself. ;)

#17 skyquest25

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:44 PM

For $30.00 it was priceless. Goal is to replace the mount next year with an Atlas EQ-G and de-fork the OTA. :whee:

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:22 AM

Another technology that works well is aluminum brazing. The most important steps are cleaning the surfaces to be brazed and making sure the two parts being brazed are both at a temperature higher than the melting point of the brazing rod.

http://www.alumiweld.com/

I have been using this stuff for many years and it really works.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

Yeah, those are the old stupidly-designed tripods. The new ones are much better as the bolts now push up onto a thick piece to support the weight. In fact, I use a 10" tripod for my 12", but I did that with the old one also! (So maybe the design wasn't so stupid.)

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:27 AM

It isn't the design, those tripods get their regidity from the pressure of the triangle on the legs, pushing up onto the legs.
It is people that try to over tighten the legs, They don't need to be tight.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:08 AM

You may be right because come to think of it, I used that tripod that had that protruding piece for the 12" and never had an incident.






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