Nexstar SE and monopods
Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:01 PM
Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:45 AM
This works best with the smaller models. I have the 5SE and it works nicely. The 8SE will work too, but it's top-heavy and I'd worry about tipping it over. Here's the 5SE and 8SE in table-top mode:
Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:03 PM
Isnt carrying 3 monopods like carrying a tripod?
That made me chuckle. Sounds like a punch line.
I was contemplating a project where you can make a little platform to eliminate the tipping problem. Just a piece of 3/4" plywood (maybe 18" in diameter?)with holes drilled in the pattern to accept the mount. You would then need three 3/8 bolts just long enough to catch the mount. Then add some rubber feet preferably adjustable for a level and stable set up.
Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:44 PM
That sounds like it would do the trick! You could probably get away with a lot less than an 18" circle. You don't want to make it so large that you have to lean in uncomfortably to reach the eyepiece. An extra couple inches or so on all sides is really all you'd need to get the needed additional stability. I'm at work right now and not near the scope, but I think a circle of 3/4" plywood from 12" to 14" in diameter should be plenty.
Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:05 PM
In addition, the central column of a camera tripod is useless and it adds weight.