After my second night using my CPC 1100 on the Celestron Pro HD Wedge, I have noticed that the scope is noticeably less stable, ie a lot more shakey. When the scope is mounted on just the tripod in Alt-Az mode, I could literally rest my head against the scope and it would barely notice, a tiny shake with immediate dampening.
Now with the scope on the wedge, even when I back off from the eyepiece there is still a pronounced shakiness that eventually dampens out if I hold perfectly still, but my slightest move causes it to shake again.
Has anyone else had this same observation/problem on the stability of the CPC 1100 on the Pro HD Wedge?
The wedge is mounted correctly and securely to the tripod, as is the scope to the wedge. All wedge adjustment bolts are also tightened securely.
After studying the new position of the scope on the wedge, I can see that the vibration is most likely cause by the "moment arm" (as measured from the tripod pedestal) is longer and has a different direction gravity vector (in relation to the Az axis), certainly these two factors add to the lower stability.
This could be very disturbing for my upcoming sojourn into serious AP. Any and all opinions are welcome. Thank you.
Clear and steady skies,