I just purchased my first refractor and would like some help on adapting it to an EQ mount I have. The mount used to support a 4.5" Meade newt, which was abused by its previous owners. The mount is in decent shape, but I'm just not sure what is the best way to adapt the vixen dovetail to it. After searching the web for a bit, I decided I would pose the question to this forum of experts, so thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer!
I'm hoping I'm not the first person who has attempted this particular pairing and that an off-the-shelf solution exists. I'd like to avoid fabricating something if I can, because my apartment isn't the best place for such work and I'm lacking most of the tools for the job. That said, I am a perennial cheapskate, and would like to do this cheaply.
I have included a photo of the dovetail that came with my Vixen refractor and the plate on the mount that it needs to adapt to. Any help would be greatly appreciated!