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#1 Sigis

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

Does anyone know what the hole in the middle of the orange ring is used for? It goes all the way from left to right through the mount.

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#2 zawijava

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

possibly some mount design engineer's idea of "cool looking" :shrug:

Does anyone know what the hole in the middle of the orange ring is used for? It goes all the way from left to right through the mount.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:31 PM

for making the mount lighter ?

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

If you image and have a lot of wires it's a nice place to string your loom.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

Good point!

#6 Joe Bergeron

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

That's obviously the mount's altitude axis. My guess is it's hollow because anything they would put in there would be useless. Or maybe it's for mounting the "East-West Alignment Scope" they haven't developed yet. For now, spend time peering through the hole to make people wonder what's wrong with you.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:20 PM

If you image and have a lot of wires it's a nice place to string your loom.

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I tried this and it didn't seem to help. My best guess is that it adds lightness.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:44 PM

If you use a compass to locate north (or south) for initial alignment, find a spot on the horizon that's due east or west instead and sight it thru the hole. Done!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:52 AM

Makes for a great cigar holder while observing. ;)

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

I put a rolled up piece of paper in it with the objects that I'd like to look at for the night, it hasn't blown away yet. I can never remember more than two SAO #'s.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

The CGEM has the same type of hole and I generally use it as a pass through for wiring. For me, it adds support so that the "connection" to the mount has less weight pulling on it (if the wire was just hanging straight down). I pull through just a little bit more wire to give it some slack.






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