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How is your Questar mounted ?

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#1 Jae

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

How do most folks use this easy to use and portable scope?

Do you use a tripod to mount it ? or on top of a table ?
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:20 PM

Mine is always mounted on a self-made wood pedestal and kept in my home office, ready for use.

It is easily moved outside, complete, by picking it up using the top opening of the cubby-hole. I keep the power cord, a notebook and other odds-and-ends in there. The cubby-hole has a battery powered red LED inside for viewing star charts or taking notes.

I have several places around the house patios where I have 'dimpled' the brick or concrete with a masonary drill bit for the pedestal feet to go in for reasonable polar alignment.

For travel or other use, I use a Manfrotto tripod.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:26 PM

Most of the time I use a Manfrotto tripod since I have to move around alot at home to see different areas of the sky due to many trees in the neighbors and our yard. Quite often when camping however I just use the table at the campsite. I enjoy either method. Having to move alot at home is a hassle, but the Questar 3.5 makes it less of a hassle than any other scope I've owned.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:27 PM

This topic is similar to previous threads. When I first got the Questar I mounted it on an ordinary photo tripod meant for cameras, and despite not extending the legs, the Questar acted like a tuning fork, and looked like an expensive accident waiting to happen. I got a 6.5 kg surveyors tripod, which when it arrived looked like total over kill. It was not as it weighs the same as the tristand, has large metal spikes at the feet and can be leveled on uneven ground, and set to any height. There is no vibration at all. I made a plywood wedge set to 35 degrees south, and it is a secure arrangement.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 10:13 PM

I barely know which end of a drill bit is the business end, so bought a TriStand.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:26 AM

At home I use the little legs it came with on top of my picnic table. Works just fine. Especially nice because I can have star charts, etc. right on the table too. When out, I use the tri-stand.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:42 PM

Although the scope is ready for delivery, it's a little premature to post; but what the heck, I'm excited ! :jump:

In a couple of months our Questar will be sitting atop this PWT Monolith, on a PWT Wedge made for the Q7.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 05:11 PM

Swwweeeeeeet!

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:26 PM

Very nice. My son saw my Questar and said maybe someday he could inherit it. Looks like a keeper. I may have to look for a heavy picnic table and use the legs.

I used like carrying my ETX out with one hand and laying down on the floor of my deck many years ago. I miss the simplicity of the 3 leg setup. My tri-stand is super solid but heavier than I like.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:45 PM

If a sturdy table is available, I use the legs. If not, I mount my Q on a Bogen Manfrotto 3001 that I found at a local garage sale for $5. Love it.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

I looked on the internet to see what the 3001 tripod's specs are, it looks like a nice tripod. I used to use a 3258 which was extremely sturdy and probably overkill for my application, it just got to be too much of a job to haul it around, it weighs almost 20lbs. So I sold it and got a 475B to use instead. I like the 475B alot, still very sturdy to support my Q 3.5 but weighs about 1/2 as much. I'm waiting for a AstroTrac TW3100 wedge that I ordered to arrive so I can have a true wedge for my setup, I've been using a 3030 photo head which is ok but I'll be happier with the wedge.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:06 PM

I always used the picnic table on the deck which was perfect until the trees started growing too tall. Now I'm in the back yard with a TriStand. Now even better.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:04 PM

Like this...

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:26 PM

I've had good luck with the Meade 884. Simple, available, and solid. It'll do till I get my tristand. :)

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:50 PM

Didn't hesitate. Ordered my Tristand day after winning eBay auction for the Questar. The Tristand is elegant and easy to use. It is heavy, but makes for a rock solid mount. Beautiful!

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:05 PM

This is my first choice -

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

I'm with you, Paul.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:39 AM

I 've used an Manfrotto 28B and an Astrotrac TW3100 with a custom made mounting plate for the Q3.5....beats all including my tristand.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:21 PM

Brian, do you remember how long you had to wait after ordering the TW3100 wedge before receiving it? I ordered 1 back in August and am still waiting for it and am wondering if the wait is normal or excessive?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:22 PM

My AstroTrac wedge just arrived the other day and now I need to find a local machinist to create a mounting plate to join my Questar to the wedge and thus to my Manfrotto tripod. Brian, your picture and description of your wedge and tripod is what pointed me in that direction. Thanks for sharing your idea with us. I hope to have the setup completed and be using it in a couple weeks. I think it's going to be a great setup, light, portable, and strong.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:03 PM

I use the originally supplied tripod legs on a concrete pier in the back yard. I leave the leg adjustments alone, and put them on marks I've made on the concrete pedestal. I'm polar aligned within a minute. Then, set the altitude to the object I'm looking for, and swing around until it's in the viewfinder. I can find most any object within a couple of minutes from setting up.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 01:56 PM

When I ordered my 50th Anniversary Questar I did not hesitate to order the Tri-Stand too. I have the Tri-Stand sitting in front of me right now, but the Questar is still a few weeks away.

Just looking over the top of the Tri-Stand at the television seems to make the picture much more clear. Really. It is that good.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:35 PM

I've got it all together now!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:01 PM

I ordered the tri-stand and have not regretted it one bit. Using the tristand-mounted Questar has to be the most comfortable viewing position ever!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:28 PM

No doubt, the tristand is the "Cadillac" of tripods for the Questar, I've never seen one or been able to touch one in person but if the finances allowed it's the way I would have liked to have gone. Back when I ordered my scope I had to decide if I wanted a "regular" Q with a tristand or a "50th" without. I went without thinking I could find a used tristand and purchase it later. Well as I've found out, used tristands are kinda rare, and cost just about as much as new. I've used a photo head for about 10 years now until recently reading about the AstroTrac. Works good, and looks almost as good as the tristand, I still don't know just what a tristand is like but am happy with current setup. The one advantage my current setup has is it is much lighter than the tristand, and since I like to take the scope with me when traveling, weight is important to me. Congrats on your tristand, they're really a pleasure to look at, and I'm sure just as much of a pleasure to use!


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