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#1 Geo31

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:37 PM

First of all, let me say I searched both the live forums and the archives and I couldn't find anything. I also searched both "Mounts" and "Equipment" and figured this belonged here more than there. Mods, please move if you disagree.

I just bought a Super C8 and the tripod has broken leg extenson QR mechanisms. Actually, the plastic pieces they attached to are in various states of being broken.

Has anybody found or created a solution to this? I'm assuming this is not uncommon as I found several that were broken to one degree or another in my searches for a scope.

I've got a few ideas for a fix, but it will require a fair amount of work and will likely end up costing about half as much as another used tripod (although still subject to breakage). I just thought I'd ask here before I spend the money on material and tooling and a fair amount of time.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:33 PM

Hi George,

I bought a damaged Ultima C8 (some time ago) and replaced its broken tripod (it had one very messed up leg that had given way to crash the whole scope) with a modified tripod from a GPS11. I still have the old tripod & parts somewhere hereabouts ... if you decide to fix your tripod, shoot me a picture or two of what you need and I'll see if there might be anything useful for you to "cannibalize." :cool:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Thanks Scott. I'm away from the house for a few evenings this week, but when I can get a few pics in the next couple of days I'll post them.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:13 PM

I have a similar issue with a Celestar I picked up. My solution was to defork it and put it on a CG-5. I can understand if that is something you are not interested in. While researching the issue on Google, I found a link that mentioned a particular bicycle seat clamp was the perfect fit for the legs. I am sorry I do not have access to the link right now. You may try a google search to see if you can find it. They mentioned it was very sturdy and inexpensive.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

Turns out the link was right here on CN... go figure.

Here you go:

http://www.cloudynig...5358938/Main...

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:49 AM

Awesome link! I'd already found various 34.9mm QR Mountain bike seat post clamps. They are for sure my back-up plan. In the case of my tripod, when the QR clamps broke, they took out some of the surrounding housing. I think I can still use them but I have a possible solution drawn up on my white board at work. I just need to get my drill press out of my shop where we work on our race car. I have possible solution drawn up using ABS plastic and can be created wit woodworking tools (Fostner bits, router, and pattern bits).

I was hoping beyond hope someone already had a repair kit. I also am going to work up a drawing on emachineshop.com and see what their price is.

I sure do appreciate the suggestion. If anyone else knows of a solution, I'm interested. If I don't have to reinvent the wheel, that would be great.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:49 AM

The Super and mosy Ultimas came on different tripods. Then there were two types of clamping mechanisms on the Super C8 type. I was working with a fellow to come up with a complicated solution when he found these on eBay.:foreheadslap:

There are available in three sizes.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:41 PM

Yep, those (or very similar) are what I've found. They are my fall-back. I'll post some pohtos tonight of my tripod. They will explain why the above are not my ideal solution.

BTW Geo., where are you from in Upstate NY? I am originally from Rochester. When I was in my early-mid teens I spent most clear nights one summer using the observatory on the roof of the planetarium there. A friend and I would spend the night. We had key privileges and one set of parents would drop us off about 30-45 minutes before nightfall and the other set would pick us up in the morning. I've got some fond memories of that summer.






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