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ion
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3827346 - 05/25/10 04:51 AM



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Manny Myles
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: EdTheEdge]
      #3827355 - 05/25/10 05:12 AM Attachment (121 downloads)

Voyager

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TONGKW
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3827375 - 05/25/10 05:53 AM Attachment (114 downloads)

Astro 76 mm f/18 achromat refractor OTA on Voyager AltAz mount and CG-5GT tripod.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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TONGKW
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3827377 - 05/25/10 05:56 AM Attachment (139 downloads)

Meade SC8 ACF OTA on a modified Voyager AltAz mount (with the side arm shortened) and Gitzo aluminum tripod.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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mattyfatz
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3827426 - 05/25/10 07:39 AM

.. So you've done that mod more than once!

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mattyfatz
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3827441 - 05/25/10 07:57 AM

Here are some links to past threads...
old alt-az thread
one in the ATM forum
Rods page

Lots of good ones in here too


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leexeen
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Reged: 08/08/07

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3827632 - 05/25/10 10:27 AM Attachment (165 downloads)

My mount carrying the 5 inch. Just took the photo with my phone.

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TONGKW
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Reged: 01/16/07

Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3827811 - 05/25/10 11:53 AM Attachment (108 downloads)

Quote:

.. So you've done that mod more than once!



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More than twice. In fact I have done that three times by now.
Herewith is another AltAz mount modified from a Tak TGM2 guide mount to carry my C8 OTA on a Gitzo aluminum tripod..

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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frankcf5
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Loc: Carbondale, Colorado
Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3827920 - 05/25/10 12:36 PM Attachment (114 downloads)

Universal Astronomics Unistar with encoders by JMI. My modifications include: drilling a couple holes to run the encoder cables inside the mount, a 12v battery and bracket to power Sky commander in cold weather and a bracket to hold the Sky commander.

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frankcf5
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: frankcf5]
      #3827940 - 05/25/10 12:42 PM Attachment (145 downloads)

Stellarvue M6 mount on Quickset tripod. Modified with extension to raise mount up from tripod, surveyors 3 1/2"- 8 threaded couplings between mount and tripod, Starbeam mounted to saddle, adjustable length handle

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: frankcf5]
      #3828041 - 05/25/10 01:31 PM

Hi Frank,
Looks like you're target practicing at a firing range, or something..,

Awesome, kit!

Regards,

skybsd


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: skybsd]
      #3828738 - 05/25/10 07:30 PM

WOW, as a fellow M6'r (see above) WOW!

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TONGKW
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Reged: 01/16/07

Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3830929 - 05/27/10 12:09 AM Attachment (121 downloads)

A little guide mount as AltAz mount supporting my PST. This is a very portable set up.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3830936 - 05/27/10 12:12 AM Attachment (125 downloads)

Manfrotto gear heads can be used as an AltAz mount. It is convenient that all photo tripod with 3/8” screw can be used on the Manfrotto gear heads.
The smallest is the Manfrotto 410 gear head (maximum load = 11 lb).
supporting my WO ZS 80 FD refractor OTA on a Velbon 640 carbon fiber tripod.
http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/lang/zh/pid/2344?livid=80&lsf=80&child=4

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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TONGKW
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3836151 - 05/29/10 10:41 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

The larger one is the Manfrotto 405 gear head (maximum load = 16.5 lb). The Manfrotto 405 gear head is of similar construction as the 410. Both have slow motion and quick positioning control.
http://www.adorama.com/BG405.html
Here is my C6 OTA on a Manfrotto 405 gear head.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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Nippon
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3837556 - 05/30/10 06:12 PM Attachment (96 downloads)

My TV Telepod on a Bogen tripod

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3837587 - 05/30/10 06:32 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

Here is my Vixen Super-Polaris mount which I only use in alt-azimuth mode on an Al Canarelli tripod I just picked up:

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3837606 - 05/30/10 06:45 PM

Hello Matt,
I was about to post that this thread seemed to have morphed from "Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount" to "Post a Picture of your scopes that happen to be on an ALT-AZ Mount"

But then I double-checked and see that you were the original transgressor - naughty!

Regards,

skybsd


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: skybsd]
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Telepod

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TONGKW
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: TONGKW]
      #3837797 - 05/30/10 09:08 PM Attachment (103 downloads)

The largest of the three gear heads produced by Manfrotto is the 400 (maximum load = 22 lb). The Manfrotto 400 gear head is of different construction compared to that of the 405 and 410. In my opinion the design is a bit idiosyncratic. Though the 400t has slow motion control, there is no quick positioning like the other two. It is rather awkward to use with some telescopes and expensive. I think in actual fact it is more suitable for large format cameras in the studio.
Here is my Intes MK67 Maksutov Cassegrain OTA on a Manfrotto 400 gear head and Gitzo 1415 aluminum tripod.
http://www.adorama.com/BG3263.html

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


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