Shane in black-zone New Mexico'Fracs, Maks, Newts and Schmidt-Newts, 3.1"-10", f/4-f/13. Alt-az and GEMs.
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:The blems from Big Binoculars are a great buy, and Kevin is super to deal with,DA.
Home-built Dob 10 F6/Zambuto/Osypowski Platform Starmaster 7 Oak Classic- Zambuto Discmount DM-4 w encoders Stellarvue 80ED Stellarvue 70ED Stellarvue 60 Finder Tasco 50 refractor (1966 birthday gift) Orion 80ST Lunt 60 Double Stack Bogen with Dwarfstar mount AT Voyager mount Celestron SLT mount Astro Physics 15x70 Binos Orion Parallelogram mount
Quote:I hope it's ok to ask a question here rather than start a new thread, because my question pertains to what you just said about the blems from Big Binoculars! BB is selling the blems with a 3/8" adapter. Will a Porta II head attach to that?? I would much rather get that setup that already has the legs attached to the base than have to get a Porta II head, the GTO legs, and then have to trim the legs to get them to fit. I don't have any tools.
Celestron EdgeHD 8 + AVX | Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED APO + Vixen Porta II + Oberwerk Tall | Celestron NexStar 6SE Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX | Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD
Quote:Alas, you would need to add a tripod spreader (and eyepiece tray) to this unit to really make it solid and user friendly. Spreaders are available from Universal Astronomics, and Vixen eyepiece trays from many places.
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...
Quote: Quote:Alas, you would need to add a tripod spreader (and eyepiece tray) to this unit to really make it solid and user friendly. Spreaders are available from Universal Astronomics, and Vixen eyepiece trays from many places. I upgraded the legs on my Portamount to the Hands on Optics legs. FOr an 80mm, more than adequate. I used the spreader from the Portamount... For the "tray." I want something to store my eyepieces, I use a Rubbermaid 19 cup food storage container. I bored a hole in the center and it attaches to the spreader. The high sides keep eyepieces from falling out and if dew is a problem, it has a lid.. For those interested in the "ultimate" tripod for the Portamount... Designed and manufactured more than 50 years ago for Hollywood and those old giant TV cameras, this tripod was available up until a few years ago. It weighs 22lbs and was rated for 400lbs..It sure stabilizes the Portamount but it is just to heavy to be considered grab and go.Jon
Quote:Who makes that tripod?
Quote:Looks like a very good, and less expensive, option. However, I'd wager that the damping properties of the wooden legs on the Oberwerk would be more advantageous than the additional rigidity the spreader gives to the stock aluminum tripod.
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Quote:Who makes that tripod?