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KDizzle
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/12/08

Loc: Woodinville, WA
Am I overmounting?
      #5358991 - 08/08/12 11:50 PM

Just got my pier today so finally I was able to put the mount head on something. But now I am thinking maybe I am overmounting?



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solshaker
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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5359013 - 08/09/12 12:11 AM

impossible!

thats a beauty.


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laconicsax
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Reged: 10/05/10

Loc: Portland, OR
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5359023 - 08/09/12 12:16 AM

If that's an MX, you may be pushing the mount's capacity limit.

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KDizzle
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/12/08

Loc: Woodinville, WA
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: laconicsax]
      #5359053 - 08/09/12 12:42 AM

Yep, ME. Do you think I need to use the counterweight bar? All jokes aside, scope should be here in a week or so - super excited. Although I have no idea how this mount works yet.

Pier is from pier-tech ('tri-pier'), with the pier caddy. I can't say I have seen a lot of piers, but compared with the wheely bars with the CGE Pro, this thing is seriously rock solid and super easy to roll around.





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Tim2723
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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5359109 - 08/09/12 01:36 AM

As long as you can see the EP, there's no such thing as over-mounting. Nice hunk of anodize though! Lotsa holes. Can't have too many holes.

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bilgebayModerator
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Reged: 11/06/08

Loc: Turkiye - Istanbul and Marmari...
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: Tim2723]
      #5359202 - 08/09/12 04:06 AM

Quote:

As long as you can see the EP, there's no such thing as over-mounting.




+ 1

Congratulations on the new equipment. The mount and tripod look beautiful!


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jchoy46
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Reged: 02/08/12

Loc: Port Orange, FL
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5359314 - 08/09/12 07:02 AM

thats some great gear you have there... grats... can i have the old cgem

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Midnight Dan
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Reged: 01/23/08

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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: jchoy46]
      #5359320 - 08/09/12 07:10 AM

That's one gorgeous mount!

-Dan


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Husbyggarn
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Reged: 12/12/08

Loc: Sweden
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5359361 - 08/09/12 07:58 AM

Well, not if you're going to focus your scope with an excavator...

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JAT Observatory
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Reged: 02/20/05

Loc: In the Primordial Soup
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: Husbyggarn]
      #5359487 - 08/09/12 09:58 AM

Make sure that scope is locked down tight so it doesn't slide off and break your foot.

Nice mount.


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SomeDoSomeDont
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Reged: 01/17/10

Loc: deathRay, Michigan
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5359518 - 08/09/12 10:15 AM

Too much is never enough.

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wormstar
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/23/09

Loc: Central Ct
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: SomeDoSomeDont]
      #5359784 - 08/09/12 12:20 PM

Beautiful mount-wish I could have kept mine

I don't believe I have ever posted a negative comment before, but that tripod looks like a weak link in the stability department?? Does it seem rigid?

Keith


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KDizzle
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Reged: 09/12/08

Loc: Woodinville, WA
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: wormstar]
      #5359913 - 08/09/12 01:22 PM

Actually the try pier seems super robust to me in comparison with the one I have for the my CGE Pro. I even stood on the platform to test its "bounciness" and it was pretty solid. The pier itself is solid as a rock. The legs from the pier are the weirdest part but I think I figured it out. I was able to get them bolted onto the lets for the pier caddy. I reckon the pier et al is rated to 600 lb capacity and I should be coming in around maybe 300 or so. I guess the real test will then be when the new OTA comes and we see what kind of results it puts out. Of course my assumption is that if they are bad it will be user error.

This is the pier:
http://www.pier-tech.com/tri-pier_1_telescope_pier.htm

This is the caddy thing:
http://www.pier-tech.com/piercaddy_telescope_pier_caddy.htm

Now, as you can see, I probably didn't do it right because my pictures don't look like theirs. They seem to have removed the "tripod leg things" and somehow attached the pier directly to the caddy, but I wasn't able to figure that part out. I guess maybe I'll ask.


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Jared
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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5360074 - 08/09/12 02:59 PM

I'm worried that you might need a counterweight extension in order to properly balance that refractor. How long is the stock counterweight shaft on the ME?

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EyeSage
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Reged: 06/08/12

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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5360161 - 08/09/12 03:37 PM

Quote:

Just got my pier today so finally I was able to put the mount head on something. But now I am thinking maybe I am overmounting?




That's like asking if you might have too much money... no such thing.


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shark-bait
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Reged: 06/01/09

Loc: New Port Richey, FL USA
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: EyeSage]
      #5360356 - 08/09/12 05:34 PM

I would try some "anti-gravity" counter weights to get a good balance.

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wormstar
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Reged: 11/23/09

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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: shark-bait]
      #5360423 - 08/09/12 06:09 PM

Cool, I'm glad its robust, it certainly does look awesome

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s2jesse
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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: KDizzle]
      #5360473 - 08/09/12 06:45 PM

Quote:

Just got my pier today so finally I was able to put the mount head on something. But now I am thinking maybe I am overmounting?






Lol

I was wondering the same thing with mine the other day.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6scgbeco02ozda2/noflex.jpg

Since yours is the big daddy you might be ok...


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rigel123
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Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: s2jesse]
      #5360826 - 08/09/12 10:41 PM

Next thing you are going to tell us is that it is a 6" refractor in the picture riding on that massive mount!

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orlyandico
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Reged: 08/10/09

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Re: Am I overmounting? new [Re: rigel123]
      #5360986 - 08/10/12 01:07 AM

No, you are undermounted to tell the truth

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/Little-Scope-Makes-Big-Finds-159744325.html


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