Author of "What's Up" articles for CN Author "Touching the Universe" iUniverse Author "Deep Sky Observing" Springer Author "Nebulae and How to Observe Them" Springer 8" Celestron SCT and Vixen ED 80 on a CGEM Canon T2i camera and lenses for piggybacking
Quote:Kirk - I have to agree, especially about the saddle knobs! Twice now I've had to break out a pair of pliers to get the knobs to turn (better that then my scope slipping!). I just received the ADM knob set and it's sooooo much easier to manipulate. I've purchases several items from ADM and the quality is superb. Unfortunately, I've yet to find the accessory that makes my processing skills better though (oh, yeah........practice )
Quote:yup...the ADM az knobs were the best upgrade for my CGEM. I would highly recommend them. I can't see spending $150 on the whole set, but $40 for the az knobs?...well worth it.
Quote:Paul,I have the same power supply from scopestuff and initially had a problem with the connection to the mount. On mine the barrel of the plug was not long enough to seat all the way into the CGEM socket so no electrical connection was being made. I was about to call scopestuff and complain when I decided on a whim to take a knife and cut back about 2mm of the black plastic around the barrel so it would sit in deeper. This worked perfectly and provided a very secure connection for the plug. There is enough plastic on the right angle plug that cutting a bit off does not weaken it. Perhaps you could try the same solution if you see that the barrel of the plug does not appear long enough.
Quote:I added some "slick strip" material between the tripod and the mount (i heard about it here on CN) and that made a noticeable improvement too when polar aligning. It's a very non-permanent, cheap way to get a smoother polar alignment.
Quote: But Starizona had a better solution: a female cigarette-lighter socket to plug in to the OEM male cig plug adapter. ON the other end of it, there's a female 3.5mm socket to plug the cord in from the transformer.So now, I have more cord than ever and no soldered/taped together joints. Plus I can use the OEM threaded connector to plug into the scope. And when I'm in the field, I can just unplug this stuff and use the OEM connectors with my battery pack in areas where there is no 110V power.
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Quote:Gotta love Scope Stuff! Lickety-split delivery time and all the small widgets you could ever hope for!!
I got the regulated 12V power supply rated at 3.3A continuous. In addition I got the right-angle connector for the jack at the mount so the power cable isn't sticking straight out.
And then, finally the 5-foot extension for the handbox cord.
I knew I was safe to order this stuff since I am not supposed to get any clear sky at all for a week.
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