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grzybu
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Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new
      #6161895 - 10/28/13 05:47 AM

Hi,

Original mount that came with my SLT mount is rather unstable. Legs are thin and are connected to the head using thin plastic joints. I've tried to make it bit more stable but without great results.
So I've decided to buy old Zeiss surveyors tripod.
I've spend about $35, removed old, ugly orange paint, polished then oiled and waxed the wood.
I've used spreader from original SLT mount. It's not really needed, but I like to have some place to put battery and it keeps legs together on slippery surfaces.
Now it's as stable as SLT head itself. It's was definitely worthy upgrade.
It's bit heavier now but I still can move whole setup without any problems.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6161950 - 10/28/13 07:33 AM

Looks nice too! Great job!

-Dan


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6162048 - 10/28/13 08:59 AM

I like this a lot.

This mount looks very much like the Go-To NexStar 114 mount I bought recently, but I don't see the lugs for the original legs.

Did you cut them off?

Also, how does it attach at the top? On mine, there is a big plastic knob that attaches the internal mechanics to the "Bowl" that has the leg supports. Did you just use a longer bolt?

I like it a lot and am interested in perhaps converting the one I have to something like this using a better tripod than the original.

Thanks!


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grzybu
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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6162082 - 10/28/13 09:21 AM

I've cut triangle plywood plate which is placed under tripod head. I've also have longer bolt. Tripod head already has 120deg indends so there is no way SLT head will rotate.
This is crop from previous photo:

And bigger version of the first image:
grzyboo.com


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6162117 - 10/28/13 09:42 AM

Clever.

Did this mount not have some kind of lugs sticking out from what I call the "Bowl" at the bottom"

Nine has lugs where the top of the leg attaches to the bowl at the bottom.

Was yours equipped this way and did you cut them off and file them?

I really like this setup.


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grzybu
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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6162135 - 10/28/13 09:51 AM

There are only bolt heads at the bottom the head and this is where plywood plate is supported.
If you want I'll make more detailed picture of the head.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6162153 - 10/28/13 10:03 AM

Beautiful.

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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6162167 - 10/28/13 10:13 AM

No, I get the part of mounting. That is very clever.

What I was curious about was that on muy mount, there are three attachment points that stick out from the bottom of the "Bowl" for the standard legs.

Yours does not appear to have this, but I was wondering if they did and you just cut them off.

I really like this though, and I think I can do this with mine and just grind the leg attachment points off.

But I may just sell the thing. I was going to put a $59 achro on it, but have since purchased a refractor that I know is to large and heavy for this approach.

For now, I will do nothing until I see if the bigger refractor will work out, and if not, this is a great option to go back to the $59 achro.

Thanks for posting. Sweet setup...


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6162171 - 10/28/13 10:17 AM

Ah, wait.. Silly me.

I see what you have done. You did not even have to use the part of the mount where the legs attach. You are just removed that whole piece and put it aside..

Even better...

Again, thanks for posting this. I really like this setup.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6162173 - 10/28/13 10:18 AM

What do you think the capacity would be? Would it work for a 100mm f/9 achromat? The scope is pretty light.

Dude, I really like this. Super simple and very cool looking.


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grzybu
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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6162191 - 10/28/13 10:26 AM

Quote:

What do you think the capacity would be? Would it work for a 100mm f/9 achromat? The scope is pretty light.

Dude, I really like this. Super simple and very cool looking.




Tripod will handle much more than just 100mm achromat.
The only problem is SLT head. 900 mm could be too long for it.
Celestron sells 100/660 achromat on SLT mount so 3-4 kg shouldn't be a problem but long arm may longer dampening times.
I have 102/500 achro mounted, but it's very short, so there is no problem.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6164353 - 10/29/13 11:12 AM

Hi grzybu,

Just wanted to thank you again for your inspiriation.

I took the cheap route, but just ordered an aluminum leg surveryor tripod.

I am thowing a lot of money at what was supposed to be a cheap light weight Go-To mount (the Baader adapter is over $100) but I do so very much like the super-compact size, and your post was the answer to my equestion of how to get this thing on to a better tripod.

Again, many thanks!


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grzybu
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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6164371 - 10/29/13 11:22 AM

I'm pretty sure even aluminium surveyors tripod will be significant upgrade to original shaky tripod. SLT head isn't most stable head too, so tripod won't be a weak point of the setup.
But clean wood, with just oil+wax looks better than any aluminium ever will
And I've spend just $35 on my tripod


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6164379 - 10/29/13 11:26 AM

Well, I would have preferred wood, but I did not see one for $35!

Where did you find yours?

And my mount was the NexStar 114. The legs are I am sure much poorer than what was on your mount. They are horrible little bronze colored aluminum things.

I think the mount will struggle to hold a 100mm achromat, but I have a C5 I was thinking of putting on it.

Or maybe a small ED refractor one day.

Or maybe I will just sell the whole thing. I don't know. I have so much stuff now that I don't know what made my buy the NexStar 114 mount. I found it for what I thought was a cheap price on Craigslist, but by the time you upgrade it, you can buy a better mount I think.

But it is sooooo compact that I just think it will be handy to have.

Edited by Eddgie (10/29/13 11:29 AM)


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grzybu
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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: Eddgie]
      #6164391 - 10/29/13 11:33 AM

I live in Poland and we have some kind of local ebay here.
Here is the link for zeiss tripods:
allegro
Mine was looking exactly like those orange ones before I've removed paint.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT new [Re: grzybu]
      #6164746 - 10/29/13 02:49 PM

Ah, well sadly, I did not have that choice.

The wood is beautiful, but as I mentioned, for me, the most economical choice was the aluminum. I have already spent far to much on this little mount, and another $60 is almost insult to injury because of the very limited capacity.

But the tripod is I am sure a great improvement over what I have, so thanks again for the great post. I love the look of yours. Mine won't look nearly as good, but it hopefully will be able to hold the C5 still now.

Regards.


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Re: Finally I got stable tripod for my Celestron SLT [Re: Eddgie]
      #6165000 - 10/29/13 05:25 PM

Fantastic job! Thanks dor sharing the photos! I really need to do smething like this for my slt too!

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