Quote:Orion's response was that there is nothing they can do for me. It was my fault. There are no spare parts.Only thing is to buy a complete new mount.
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
San Jose Astronomical Association, Director for Quick STARt Program, Docent at the Open Space Authority Custom Dobstuff 17.5" f4.5 Truss Dob, Orion XT8 8" Dob, ES AR127 Refractor, Orion Deluxe 100mm Refractor, EZ Touch Mount/Tripod, Zhumell 20x80 binos w/UA Unimount, and a ton of eyepieces.
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
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Quote:As to adding a bracket ...the arm is offset by about 3/4" (the width of a penny) so I am not sure how to create a bracket let alone fasten one.I am consulting with as many folks as I can and have a few ideas. Dave
Quote:Jon,No. The part that broke off is the top part that connects to the head that has the saddle. Let me post another picture.Dave
Quote:yes the piece that fits between the top and the bottom is the "arm" as I call it. It could be a single piece and that is one option that I have available to me. A nice piece of hardwood would do the job. Or metal for that matter, if I had the ability to form such a piece.
Thought I should warn you of a major design issue with the Versa Go III mounts.
The mount got bumped during set up, fell over and broke. Fortunately no telescope was attached.
There is a design weak point in the arm where the arm wraps around the head (the part that swivels and contains the saddle). It goes from a very sturdy and thick form to a small thin curved section of probably no more than 3/16" thick. This is where it snapped clean. The legs were not extended so the head was probably waist high at most.
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org