“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote: I like the mount, but it's not without issues. There's a fair amount of vibration when using the slo-mo knobs even with the FS-78. After moving the scope it takes a second or two to dampen.
Quote: Since you've already been there/done that, any tips on building the EP tray. I like the spreader(s) as well. It looks like I may be able to do something similar with my EzTouch tripod and M1 tripod. Although I've already modified the EzTouch, your's looks like it would improve stability even more.
Quote: ...Whoa! Very cool! That Ep tray that you made looks like it's straight out of "Close Encounters"! Neat idea with the red light.
Quote:...As for the tray that attaches to the Teegul, you can really make it just about any shape with holes that fit your EP collection. I've used both 3/4" walnut ply and also 3/8" baltic birch--they both work just fine. I used a piece of 1" aluminum angle with holes drilled to match the Teegul bores and two more holes to attach the tray to the angle. Nothing very fancy but it works like a charm and it's really quite solid. Not as cool as the Lapides tray but you can save enough to by a really nice Nagler!Hope this helps.
Quote: It appears that you leave the bracket attached to the mount. I've read that Tak may use pure aluminum instead of an alloy because the threads can be easily stripped by too much tighting. Know anything about this? Also, any particular reason your bracket is so long?
Quote:I've been waffling between the Lapides Teegul and the Half Hitch for my TMB 92SS.
Having never used or even seen either mount in person the major obvious advantage of the HH is the seamless integration of the "push-to" computer system. That said I did see that JMI makes a set of encoders for the Teegul. I'm curious if anyone here has had any experience with it. Admittedly, it looks a bit of a cobble-job where the HH implementation is a thing of beauty. Realistically though, I can get the Teegul for less than half the cost of the HH and add the push-to later if I want. I REALLY want to go the Gitzo tripod route with either mount (assuming they are as stable as everyone says) and the cost difference between the two mounts would go a long way toward such a tripod.
I would appreciate any input on the push-to question or any other factors (capacity, control smoothness, etc.) that I should be taking into account.
Quote: . . . compared to the HH, the Teegul seems almost crude by comparison. To see a HH up close is to appreciate the costs involved - I'd daresay it is a bit of a bargain given the volume of mounts that Charles produces.
Quote:I'm sure you've seen the pics on the HH site of the TMB 105 on the MarkII with a KB-tripod. Your TMB 92SS sure would look fine on there!
Mike AT8RC - FSQ-106N G11 Gemini Atik 383L+ - Nikon D-70
Quote:Barry - this is the first time I've seen or heard of the "wagon" mount. Is Charles just testing the waters at this point or is it actually in the works?
Quote: I was looking at the Oberwork wooden surveyor tripod which is about $150. Does anyone have an opinion on this one?
Quote: ...I made a spreader/leg locker for my Oberwerk (same as your WO) using the same principle as with my other tripods. I replaced the bolt that connects the mount to the tripod head with a piece of 3/8"-16 all-thread rod (BTW, the Teegul uses 3/8" and not M10 like the EZT, just in case you weren't aware of it) and used a clamping knob on the top restrained with a couple of locking collars. The rod extends down through the tray and is sucked back up and against the tripod legs with another clamping knob. The notches in the tray are cut to fit around the tripod legs very snugly when the tray is sucked up. What this does is to create a very rigid frame in the upper part of the tripod and eliminates leg twisting which is a common problem in many tripods. I found that this really improved the Oberwerk tripod and markedly reduced damping times...
Quote:I do use a 5530 for the Teegul and at present, a 2530 for the HH but I plan to use the Mark II on the 5530 with the 105. I have to say though that I really need to do a critical side by side with each mount on the 5530 and the Berlebach UNI24 at very high mag.