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dwmedic
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: CarolG]
      #3856326 - 06/09/10 07:36 PM Attachment (117 downloads)

And the second is an Astro-Tech voyager. Derek

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: bykhed]
      #3856790 - 06/10/10 12:53 AM

Wow! Matt this is much more than I expected...I was only asking for your permission and you gave me even bill of material thank you for all the details...I have a machine shop and I can build that very easily as soon as I find some time for it. I will share the result with you.

All the best


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3857064 - 06/10/10 08:13 AM Attachment (127 downloads)

DSV-1
Manfrotto Tripod
WO Super APO


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Newfie Ninja]
      #3857217 - 06/10/10 10:45 AM

Thank you, Ninja & Sedat!

Yes it works GREAT. I'm using one with my MN66: a 25 lb, 44" beast that is tough on any mount. Smooth as butter in both axes.

Unfortunately the Oberwerk tripods I've been using aren't up to the task. The mount itself (4" version) weighs 7 lbs and I have a 10" column (so the long tube won't hit the tripod legs) that weighs about 5 lbs, so a total weight approaching 40 lbs. I managed to score a Meade Field Tripod on Amart that should provide a solid platform for all that weight - it arrives today just in time for the Rocky Mountain Star Stare this weekend! Stay tuned for photos next week.

-Matt

Edited by bykhed (06/10/10 10:58 AM)


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: bykhed]
      #3857263 - 06/10/10 11:15 AM

Hope it provides better support....I can use my cg5 tripod in that case...

Cheers

Sedat


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: bilgebay]
      #3857354 - 06/10/10 12:31 PM

The Oberwerk tripods are both sturdy and attractive. The one I use with this mount is Australian mahogany (Jarrah) and it handles my 6" Mak-Cass with ease. But they use a surveyor tripod design that is only good for about 25-30 lbs total load. When I had my huge Mak-Newt on it with the extension column it was easy to tip over. The Meade tripod is designed for big fork-mounted SCTs so it should be a lot more stable.

-Matt


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: bykhed]
      #3857369 - 06/10/10 12:40 PM

I know, kinda ghetto.

Removed the 76MM firstscope from the factory table top base.

Mounted it to an inexpensive Meade surplus tripod I picked up off Fleabay.

I've actually reworked the attachment to use a pair of cheap scope rings. I'll try to get a "new and improved" pic soon.


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3858608 - 06/11/10 05:20 AM Attachment (105 downloads)

Azimuth bearing is a rear bearing assembly for a compact car and the altitude bearing uses a spindle from an Asian mini-lathe.

Edited by pferendzo (06/11/10 05:25 AM)


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3889723 - 06/27/10 07:42 PM Attachment (81 downloads)

Unistar Deluxe carrying a Celestron C8 and Lunt LS35T.

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mejacobs]
      #3889727 - 06/27/10 07:46 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

Unistar Deluxe with Celestron C8 and Lunt LS35T ready for solar observing.

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mejacobs]
      #3889897 - 06/27/10 09:45 PM Attachment (80 downloads)

Homemade pipe mount. The binocular side was constructed during TSP in 2009.

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mejacobs]
      #3891959 - 06/28/10 10:38 PM Attachment (88 downloads)

Here's a pic of my Stellarvue M2 mount on a Bogen tripod.

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Ed D
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3892391 - 06/29/10 05:52 AM Attachment (102 downloads)

I finished the mount this weekend - works great! Extremely stable and rock-solid, very convenient.

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Ed D
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3892397 - 06/29/10 05:59 AM Attachment (90 downloads)

Here is a pic of the prototype. Used it for a while to figure out the bugs and features I wanted.

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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Ed D]
      #3894235 - 06/30/10 12:03 AM

Ed, THAT is one elegant mount. Clean, simple design. Could you post some instructions / materials list / maybe some assembly photos(?) - on how to go about building one?

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Ed D
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #3897401 - 07/01/10 03:32 PM

Bob, I'm working on that. I took photos of the parts,etc. More important than specific dimensions are the little quirks that surfaced while playing with the prototype, as well as the finished mount. My idea was that anyone with basic hand tools can build something similar, although power tools are a plus.

I just received a new scope (Astro-Tech AT72ED) which is double the weight of the Celestron I had on the mount. I have to play with the elevation arm a bit so I can figure out how to make it smooth while holding the weight of the scope near horizontal and azimuth.

Anyway, I will be posting more soon. Thanks for the compliment.

Ed D


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Ed D]
      #3897461 - 07/01/10 04:09 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

Quote:

I finished the mount this weekend - works great! Extremely stable and rock-solid, very convenient.



Nice!


Here's a Tele-Optic GR mini that I "re-acquired" and have mounted on top of a converted Oberwerk pier extension and tripod.


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Ed D
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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #3907135 - 07/07/10 05:52 AM

Bob,

I sent you a PM (at least I think I did). I wrote an article about my mount, which Cloudy Nights has in queue and will hopefully publish in the near future. I'm already working on the next design to hold my new, heavier scope.

Ed D


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: Ed D]
      #3943003 - 07/25/10 10:07 AM Attachment (84 downloads)

here is my new manfrotto 161mk2b heavy duty tripod,with the manfrotto 393 long lens monopod bracket.easily handles my william optics flt110 apo.

cheers,phil


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Re: Post a Picture of your ALT-AZ Mount new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3944255 - 07/25/10 10:26 PM Attachment (74 downloads)

My ALT/AZ made from an EQ5 mount. I sold the Synta 120mm F5 and the mount hold an Antares 1529.

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