Quit smoking - buying a Milburn wedge
Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:50 PM
Yes, it's me again - the guy who quit smoking and saved enough to buy a Celestron Advanced VX mount. Now, three months later, I've saved enough to buy a Milburn wedge. Fortunately for me, they are manufactured very close to where I live, and I've already made arrangement with Ken.
My question is this: Do you love your Milburn? I have a standard Meade wedge now supporting my 8" LX200R on a permanent pier, but that wedge is very sloppy, with tons of backlash and just can't seem to keep a good alignment. My pier plate is a homebuilt job, more than an inch thick of laminated plywood, fully adjustable for level, with support along the entire width and length of any mount put on it (it was designed for my old scope and a Meade Ultrawedge.) Will this be sufficient for the Milburn?
I have just become so frustrated with the Meade wedge that I rarely use the LX200 any more and use my Celestron on the AVX. But the LX200R is a sweet scope and now that spring is on the way, I'm hoping the Milburn will significantly improve the stability so I can fall in love with this scope again.
BTW, still not smoking. Quit on August 24. Thus far, the money I've saved has bought the new AVX mount and now the Milburn. By the one year mark, I'll have a CGEM also - all from not smoking.
Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:09 PM
On to the wedge. I haven't used that one personally but I've seen other with them and have heard good thing. The one thing that I would think would be the weak point would be the 1" tick plywood pier plate. I don't have a pier but would think that at only a 1" thick it would tend to flex under the shifting weight of the wedge/mount/telescope. Maybe someone will come on and say other wise and prove me wrong but I can't see how that would work well. All wood continually swells and shrink with the moisture and temp of the air. Even if its treated. It might not be noticeable but even a little but is a lot when it come to PA and the focal length you're working with.
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:07 PM
Anyway... the point is if you still smoke, you have no choice either. If you don't stop yourself, the grim reaper will do it for you sooner or later. Most likely sooner...
Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:22 AM
Congratulations on the quitting, Jim. We're all cheering you on.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:37 AM
The only thing I don't like about it...and not Ken's problem to be sure...is that me tripod is not perfectly smooth on top where the wedge sits on it so when tightening down the wedge there's movement in the alignment that's a little unpredictable. I always tighten down with the camera running on my alignment star (I use Celestron's ASPA) so I can see what's going on. I never drift align but I can see this being a bit of a problem there if you're on a tripod or other non-planer surface. On a piere with the wedge on bolts probably not as much of a problem.
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