Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
Quote:Hello Terry,Do you mind explaining exactly how you were attempting to mount your OTA with the RC saddle, please?skybsd
Quote:I believe someone said that this IS jewelry for men!
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Quote:Quote:Hello Terry,Do you mind explaining exactly how you were attempting to mount your OTA with the RC saddle, please?skybsd I detect skepticism.
Quote: The advantage of the Casady as I see it is the "tilt-in."I set the dec axis horizontal and tilt the OTA in. Then tighten the two bolts.I don't like it. I feel the tube is not under control as gravity wants to "un-tilt it" onto the ground while I use one hand to hold it in position and the other to get a bolt secured. Is there a better way?
Quote: Now, I could use the same CWD position with the Casady I suppose. But I don't see doing so offers any substantive advantage over the stock plate. Can't say I have actually tried that yet though.
Quote:Quote:I believe someone said that this IS jewelry for men! Astro Bling.
Quote:It may be the angle, but it looks like you have a gap between the mount and G11 eq. head on the side of the Gemini. Are your 3 bolts rotated correctly in the mount slots to lock your head on the mount correctly? It looks like I can see the thread on the bolt closest to the Gemini unit.
Quote:Quote:Heeheehee!!!! Regards,skybsd Can you just imagine? A C-11 and 23 lb CW pitching over and slamming into the turf corrector plate first?!!!Oh, man!!! I'd be famous! Likely make America's Funniest Home Videos!
Quote:a mount assembly malfunction
Quote:Why do you have the saddle mounted to the G-11 head all the way to one end (as opposed to the middle, like you would normally see a saddle mounted)? To help with balancing?
Hey! You don't miss a trick. I was horrified when I saw that! Actually I wondered why my alignment seemed off two nights ago. I realigned but yesterday afternoon I too noticed that gap. I will be more attentive to those bolts from now on. I was close to disaster.
This likely happened when I removed the stock Losmondy saddle. The Allen bolts were so torqued I was afraid I was not going to be able to get them loose. There was much twisting and grabbing . . . even some pounding with a rubber mallet on the Allen key.