Question for Scopebuggy w/power supply tray owners
Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:39 AM
I ordered a Scopebuggy with a power supply tray a few days ago. It never occurred to me that the tripod spreader bar would likely not clear my battery. Anyone have any info here? I haven't found any pix that show how the tray is fastened, so I have no idea if it can simply be mounted parallel and more centered to the axle in order for the battery to clear. I do not want to have to raise my tripod to alleviate the issue.
What say you guys?
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:05 AM
It's just a couple of small bolts through the bottom of the tray onto the cross member. You can if you drill different holes put it in any different spot. It normally sits down by the T intersection and with my CGE it didn't interfere with my lower spreader ... but I only put a couple of AC power supplies (bricks) on mine. This is all from memory ... I haven't used my Scopebuggy since I put the mount on a permanent pier.
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Posted 11 May 2013 - 04:06 PM
When I used my two Scope buddies to transport my CPC800 on it's tripod and my CG5CT/refractor combo I made sure to heavy duty zip tie the legs of the tripods to the Scope buddy. There are "cups" to hold the legs but a tip or big bounce could allow them to lift free. I also ran a heavy duty bungee from the central tripod spreaders to the Scope buddy, I have an uneven driveway and was a bit paranoid, figured better safe than sorry. I never moved them without watching the mounts closely and having a hand ready just in case. Far too much invested to pull em along like a little red wagon. That said they worked well til I built the Obs. Sold one, kept one just in case.
Thanks for the tip. There's no doubt I'll be thoroughly securing my scope to the buggy. I'm still at least 2 weeks out from receiving it. Grumble.., lol.
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:57 PM
Quick and slightly premature review....and keep in mind, I haven't rolled it an inch with the scope in place.
Assembly was a piece of cake. As expected, I needed to slightly relocate the battery tray. It's now parallel with the rear axle and back just far enough for the battery box to clear the lower spreader bars. Had to drill a couple new holes and install bolts to secure the tray, which also serve to lock the rear axles in place. It's extremely unlikely they would've slid out without the bolts in place but it was a 2 for 1 deal. I bungeed the tripod legs and will be zip-tying them shortly.
As reported in other reviews, the stabilizing bolts are a bit loose. Adding nuts on the topside is said to remedy this but it's actually quite stable as it is. I'm going to add some grease to the threads to smooth the action a bit. Also, I'll be adding a combination of glow and reflective tape on the topside of the rails. I've tripped over it several times already, in a brightly lit garage. Gonna take some getting used to. The handle assembly comes with a hitch pin for quick removal when everything is setup.
The rain was fairly light at the time so I took it, without scope, for a very short spin around the driveway and to my 2 observing sites. Very smooth and no issues whatsoever with clearance at the lowest setting. This includes the concrete threshold into my garage. Will this change with 100+ lbs of equipment on it?...Doubt it but I'll find out Saturday.. hopefully.
Around the 4 week point, I emailed Larry with a couple questions and he responded within 24 hours, so no issues there.
There's really not much to it. Simple and effective. While the 6 week wait kinda sucked, I'd do it again. And ya, the gold anodized wheels look cool
Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:07 PM
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:23 AM
@1965Healy, will do with the non-Radio Flyer pulling method. Can't wait til my daughter sees the scope on there. I guarantee she tries to ride her new "tricycle" I may have to snap a quick pic before shuffling her off. The scope seems to be plenty stable, balance wise, on both the wheels and stabilizing screws.
Little red LED's would be nice. Any sources on them? White, or even glow in the dark tires, would be a pretty slick idea. I've seen them on kids bikes before. Might look a bit funky but form follows function, right?
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:24 AM
I just used the front leveling bolt as a parking brake and it was good to go. With most of the weight still on the tires, there was a small amount of wobble when making focusing adjustments but it was not a hindrance in any way.
Prior to my viewing session I made another quick mod to the SB. The steering head assembly tolerances were quite sloppy. I used a thin walled brass tube and slid it over the rod and that, in addition to a small piece of brass shim stock, eliminated all the play in that area. I'll post a pic later.
My next mods will be to address the pull rod assembly sloppiness. As is, it's quite functional, but I DO NOT like the thin hitch pin or the tiny bolts that hold the assembly onto the steering yoke. If those fail in any way while on a slope, a "puckering" moment is sure to follow. I'll post pix of that as well.