Quote:Okay how about this for those of us who like to tinker. Make an option without the center cut out so we can adapt it to our current scope as a new ground board. Think on my Z10 all it would need is the insert for the center tension bolt. Less to carry when setting up.
Quote:Quote:Okay how about this for those of us who like to tinker. Make an option without the center cut out so we can adapt it to our current scope as a new ground board. Think on my Z10 all it would need is the insert for the center tension bolt. Less to carry when setting up.
I think transferring azimuth bearing hardware to the new ground board should be pretty straight forward. At least these makes of scopes (Apetura, Lightbridge, Zhumell) I believe all share the same bearing hardware.
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Quote:Quote:Okay how about this for those of us who like to tinker. Make an option without the center cut out so we can adapt it to our current scope as a new ground board. Think on my Z10 all it would need is the insert for the center tension bolt. Less to carry when setting up. Looking at the HALO product on their website, it should be easy to do Mary. There appears to be enough of a flange that a little double-sided foam tape and short (1.5") deck screws should turn them into a one piece groundboard nicely.
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Quote:You should pre drill the holes too.
Quote:Those anchor points should also be located very close to each leveling feet to keep those areas as rigid as possible to prevent possible splaying of the feet and part of the Halo, as they will be bearing at least the weight of the base permanently.
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Quote:This one interests me the most. Heck just have the 3 or 6 small feet holes and a center hole. I'd like the shelf thickness to be 3/4" too.
Quote:Last version, I will figure out a way to put it on wheels so weight doesn't matter. be easy enough to widen my dob carrier.
Quote:Am I mistaken or would this design also be a fit for some odd sized ground boards.Eric
Quote:I also like the new design with all that extra meat.
Instead of the current spoke orientation in relation to the leveling feet would it make any difference if the spokes were oriented at/against each leveling feet? It gives me a better perception of increased strength and ridgidity in those areas, especially with the larger Halos.
Quote:The new design proposal is certainly interesting but to me a bit excessive; I personally don't see anything wrong with the current design and hoping to be able to try one out in the next few months. My thinking for this if David goes through the trouble of reinforcing and adding that much material to the center of the ring, then it might as well just be made as a replacement ground board, which seems like overkill, not to mention added cost. Drills and screws on the current product don't frighten me.
Quote:In line with the 'Dream Package' that Opticsmart offers, perhaps another idea is to offer as another option, pre-installed degree circle with cut out window on the stock base of Apetura dobs, mods similar to what many DIY'ers have been doing to their dobs.I think degree circles should one day come standard with all mass produced dobs, IMO.
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Quote:I hope we're not running David crazy from all these suggestions and ideas which he probably already had in the back of his head at some point.
Quote:This or a leveling ground board replacement as per simpleisbetter would be awesome IMHO.
Quote:Thanks David! After you introduced the Halo and its leveling feet, as a DIY'er, I knew I had to have a set for my new base as well.No more getting down on my hands and knees with shims to level the base, I get precise leveling in seconds now. And the accuracy of finding objects is primarily dependent on how level your base is. I love my leveling feet!Here's my Lightbridge with its new base.
Quote:Thanks David! After you introduced the Halo and its leveling feet, as a DIY'er, I knew I had to have a set for my new base as well.No more getting down on my hands and knees with shims to level the base, I get precise leveling in seconds now. And the accuracy of finding objects is primarily dependent on how level your base is. I love my leveling feet!
Quote:I bought an Apertura 8 from David a year ago, and I have been very pleased with its value, Apertura's dedication to bringing "tweaks" to the GSO design, and the company's enthusiastic customer service.
Quote:Even at the price of the full-featured HALO, I think that David's option beats the value of far more expensive leveling feet available for, say, my Atlas mount tripod. (<- Hint for future product. Don't forget to include a Sorbothane option. )
Quote:Here's my issue that piqued my interest in the HALO and the leveling feet. I use my Dob on a backyard lawn, which is a good three inches high, and definitely higher than the ordinary feet on the bottom of these rocker boxes. As a result, I'm not only susceptible to unevenness of the ground in my backyard, but my scope is literally resting on a bed of smooshed-down grass. The feet don't necessarily touch the ground, and so movements of the scope don't always feel very good. For example, there's some backlash when I stop the movement, as the affected grass underneath rebounds a bit.
Quote:just what is that extra material doing? What potential deformations of the existing HALO are being addressed by adding what essentially appears to be cross-bracing in the plane of the HALO? I'd buy the first of the options that David pictured here, but turning the HALO into a almost completely solid, additional ground board just doesn't seem too sexy.
Quote:In any case I definitely want the leveling feet you will be offering, so please post when you're ready to retail them.
Quote:Thanks for the additional comments on the CNC process. I prefer the first of the two designs in your post.
Quote:As far as illuminating the pointer I've been using an inexpensive clip-on gooseneck book light with several layers of red celophane. Works quite well.