GSO Skyview / Astrotech Voyager issues
Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:02 PM
Last night, one of the pivots attaching the spreader to the aluminium tripod came off. I wasn't doing anything especially violent to it at the time, just spreading the legs before putting my scope on it.
I tried reattaching but the threading in the holes through the thin aluminium legs was trashed, so the four small screws holding it on would no longer gain purchase.
I've since found at least four other people online saying they've had exactly that problem, here and elsewhere.
I'm currently debating whether to try to fix it, probably by getting a different tripod, against just giving up on it and getting a different mount.
APM suggest a Berlebach tripod as an upgrade on their site, but there's a good few mm of play in the head-tripod interface also, so I'm not sure that it's worth investing further in the mount unless that's fixable.
It appears to use an unusual fitting between tripod and head, so I'd be buying a Berlebach or whatever that wouldn't be transferable to a Synta (Skywatcher/Orion) mount unless there's some way of adapting between the two.
Has anyone else been down this road? I'd value informed advice. There's a lot to like about the head apart from that little bit of play where it attaches to the tripod. So if looked like I could replace the tripod with e.g. a Berlebach Uni with a reasonable prospect of sorting out the couple of mm of play, then I'd be quite tempted to go that route ...
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:19 AM
I'm waiting for the shops to open (May bank holiday here) to get a big enough allen key to take the head off and/or try to adjust the play it currently has, but it's handy to know what's inside
Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:34 PM
Not obvious how to adjust that without taking it to bits and I really don't want to do that until I've had a chance to talk to the vendor.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:24 PM
It is now on the wooden led that Hands on Optics sells, A bit of jimmying to attach, but very satisfied.