Please tell me if this is a silly tripod idea...
Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:11 AM
The usual tactic is to get a pier extension, but there are no commercially available pier extensions for the LXD-75, although the Orion pier extension for their SkyView Pro mounts can be made to work with some effort with a hacksaw. It is also $90.
So my mind drifted to raising not the mount head, but the entire tripod. So what if I constructed out of study pine or some other solid wood, some 5-6" tall cubes and placed the tripod legs on each one? I could have a small lip around the top edge to guard against the legs slipping off if I bumped the tripod.
I know I can't go too crazy with this idea as the cubes need to remain cubes for stability (if they were rectangular, they would easily tip over), but it might just be enough to raise the eyepiece height to a more comfortably height.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:31 AM
Suggestion: Surveyor's tripod. This is a good read.
Universal Astronomics make an adapter to fit the LXD75 (which I presume is similar to a CG5) GEM head to the surveyors tripod.
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:58 AM
(And I had forgotten about the benefit of the pier keeping the tube from hitting the legs. I do watch out for that, but I have to be careful.)
Cinder blocks....rolling platform.....and the bench grinder stand has some merit.
And Bed Elevators! I had no idea such a thing even existed. I may have to try that....although the number of reports of bed wheels punching through the plastic gives me pause, but the LXD-75 + scope is not as heavy as a bed. Seems they make wood ones, too.
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