Quote:Hi all,I've just had first light with my new (second user) Skywatcher 120mm F8.3 Refractor.The only problem was how the mount vibrated every time I touched it.If I tapped the scope it jiggled for about 10 seconds!It came with an EQ3 mount, which looks beefy enough.Any advice for a stable AZ and EQ mount.Thanks,Chris (UK)
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I had wondered about wooden tripod legs. Any suggestions for a wooden tripod that isn't too expensive.
Quote:Your set up looks good Jon. I think it's best if the hieght can be adjusted.
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Quote:I thinks for simplicity, Jon is right.I'll try some home made solid legs, which, I think, should be quite easy for me to make.
Quote: Quote:I thinks for simplicity, Jon is right.I'll try some home made solid legs, which, I think, should be quite easy for me to make. Here's a photo of some I made from 2x2s for a 70mm but I recommend 2x3s for your scope. Definitely crude but they are effective. I would be reluctant to use a pier with the aluminum legs. It would make the mount tippier, you need the legs spread out.Jon
Quote: Sorry Jon, I don't see your picture.
Quote: Quote: Sorry Jon, I don't see your picture.Sorry about that... these legs were made from 2x2s but I think 2x3 would be better for the EQ-3 mount. I used the spreader from the original mount. Jon
Quote:Chris,I looks like you have square (90deg) cuts at the bottom of the legs. On Diskmount tripods, the legs are cut at an angle so they sit flat (and the edges rounded - maybe a 1/4" radius), they are very solid this way, you may want to finish your legs the same. Also on the Yahoo Diskmount users forum, Tom has instructions for what kind of finish he uses on the legs, you may want to check it out.Rex