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#1 DAVIDG

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:09 PM

Hi All,
I needed a tripod for my 1961 Questar so I assembled a "poor man's" tri-stand from parts I found. The bottom section came off of Ebay. The legs fold up and slide into the pier. I filled the bottom section of the legs with cement to make it much more stable. The wedge is an old Criterion unit that I bought for $5 as semi finished casting at the swap tables at Stellafane this Summer. I milled a slot in the mounting plate so I can plug the power cord in. It is painted with a couple of coats of gloss black Kyrlon. I'm pleased with how it came out. It is very steady and works well with my "Q".

Happy Holidays,
- Dave

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#2 Mike E.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:09 PM

:cool: Nice!

#3 Compressorguy

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:03 AM

Merry Christmas Dave. Great job on the stand. Very, very nice!! :waytogo:

Ps. Wish that was in front of my tree, lol

#4 Panotaker

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 11:28 AM

That is a nice tristand you built. Can you provide more detail on exactly what parts you used and how the rest of us could find those same parts, particularly that bottom tripod section. Thanks.

#5 DAVIDG

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:47 PM

That is a nice tristand you built. Can you provide more detail on exactly what parts you used and how the rest of us could find those same parts, particularly that bottom tripod section. Thanks.

I got the bottom section off of Ebay a couple of years ago. A seller had a number of "seconds" from Galileo brand telescopes including these tripod bases. I think I paid $15 for it. It was missing a couple of bolts and it was scratched up. It has been stored in the attic until a few weeks ago when I found the time to engineer how the different section would go together, fabricate what I needed and paint it.

Happy Holidays,
- Dave






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