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#1276 norvegicus

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 05:29 PM

I finally (almost) finished building my pier using the Edmund legs that Terra gave me through this thread.

 

I sandblasted and repainted the legs.  I discovered that one of them had been broken and welded in the past.  It is strong and straight.

 

The column is 3.5" OD schedule 40 aluminum pipe.

 

The mount adapter is from eBay. It is epoxied to a 3.5" ID set screw aluminum shaft collar.   I tried bolting it together but all the tolerances were too tight for my skills and tools and I had to buy another collar.  I considered TIG welding it but I am a beginner welder and would probably ruin the adapter, which was the most expensive part.

 

I can remove or attach the mount/adapter assembly off the pier in a few seconds using the set screw.

 

The top of the adapter is 37.5" off the ground.  The leg diameter is about 38".

 

The paint is Rustoleum Matte Hammered Black.  I also tried two silver and grey colors and they just looked like bare metal.  I like this color and finish, it's very Vixen-like, but it's not very durable; the legs already have chips down to the primer.  It's been baking in my boiler room at 80-90° F for a few months, so it's fully cured.

 

The last thing to do is figure out an azimuth pin.  I'm going to try square nuts on a bolt first, but I'm worried they will be too big (the hole in the adapter for the pin is M8 and the nuts will be 13mm).  If so I'll try grinding an M8 bolt flat on two sides, but I'm worried that will be too small for the mount's adjustment bolts to reach.

 

My total cost was about $170 for materials.  I won't count the tools I bought. wink.gif

 

It seems very solid so far, but I haven't tried it with a scope yet.

  

Thanks Terra!

 

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Edited by norvegicus, 05 January 2022 - 05:29 PM.

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#1277 Russell Smith

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 07:02 PM

It's looking good

#1278 Bomber Bob

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Posted 06 January 2022 - 04:37 PM

BB's ZEN Big Box Give-A-Way...

 

ZEN Big Buy 2021 S31 - Vixen POLARIS EQ Complete (LS).jpg ZEN Big Buy 2021 S32 - Vixen POLARIS EQ Complete (RS).jpg

 

***** DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS THREAD!!!! *****

 

Because of the sheer numbers, I'm breaking this give-away into smaller groupings...

 

ZEN Big Buy 2021 S01 - Complete.jpg

 

[1] BORG BOX:
#7410 - Variable EPP Camera Adapter
#7425 - 2" Nosepiece --> M57
#7528 - M42r0.75 --> M57AD
Kenko - 2" Over EP to Bayonet Camera Adapter

 

[2] VIXEN BOX:
2 x Dovetail Clamps w/ Safety Screws (white)
* Assorted Dovetails / Plates & Handle

 

[3] EYEPIECE BOX:
Generic (Silver) 1.25" Plossls, 25mm & 10mm (w/caps)
Meade (Blue) 20mm Finder [nice glass] & Bracket (plastic)
* May include 1 / 2 Kenko .965" Prism Diagonals!

 

[4] Vixen POLARIS EQ Mount Head

 

[5] Big Bag of 35mm Camera T-Rings & Filter Frames
(Last Time, No One was interested in this kind of stuff!)

 

As usual...

 

***** DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS THREAD!!!! *****

 

* PM me if you're interested in something.
* Recipient pays actual shipping costs.
* An item isn't yours until I ask for a mailing address.
* Please, no flipping!! Don't ask unless you Need...

*** BB ain't Amazon.  May take me a bit to find a box, so please be patient.

 

***** DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS THREAD!!!! *****

 

Taken / No Longer Available:

 

[2] VIXEN BOX

 

[3] EYEPIECE BOX

 

[4] Vixen POLARIS EQ Mount Head


Edited by Bomber Bob, 06 January 2022 - 05:59 PM.

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#1279 Bomber Bob

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Posted 09 January 2022 - 11:18 AM

Got all the Give-A-Way boxes packed this morning EXCEPT for the Vixen Polaris...

 

These should ship the first half of this week.  Y'all Enjoy!!

 

(Uh, so nobody wants the BORG stuff??)


Edited by Bomber Bob, 09 January 2022 - 11:19 AM.

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#1280 DouglasPaul

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 12:05 AM

Jason 313 and 307 parts;

Ota's, including dew shields. Alt/az mount for the 307 and GEM for the 311. No finder scopes. Acc tray with light for the 311, light needs work, broken wire, fixable if you have the desire and time. Solar projection screen set from the 313, dew shield from same is slightly bent. Everything is in obviously used condition.

Let me know if you have a need for anything and I will provide better pics if I have it, shipping's on you.

 

Tray and light are spoken for, as are the 313 ota and clamshell pending pictures sent later today.

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#1281 DIYDarren

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 09:50 AM

Hi Everyone- just FYI from my post a few back on the Tasco 304x  7TE-2 parts. Basically everything has been claimed and I have shipped out everything. Please consider it closed out for now.  Thanks!

 

Darren


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#1282 Bomber Bob

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 11:08 AM

Got all the Give-A-Way boxes packed this morning EXCEPT for the Vixen Polaris...

 

These should ship the first half of this week.  Y'all Enjoy!!

 

(Uh, so nobody wants the BORG stuff??)

BORG Box is taken.



#1283 Bomber Bob

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 11:09 AM

Hi Everyone- just FYI from my post a few back on the Tasco 304x  7TE-2 parts. Basically everything has been claimed and I have shipped out everything. Please consider it closed out for now.  Thanks!

 

Darren

Cool!  But, but, you gave away a Tray Light...  WITW?!!  [j/k - it's not a Unitron]


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Posted 10 January 2022 - 11:20 AM

Cool!  But, but, you gave away a Tray Light...  WITW?!!  [j/k - it's not a Unitron]

I put one on the triangular metal tray of my Vixen Portamount. 


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#1285 Bomber Bob

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 12:28 PM

The pedestal-mounted Sears 6336 had that thick aluminum-disk accessory tray.  I thought AO could've been innovative, and forgone one of the eyepiece holes for a swivel-arm tray light...  on ether side of the fancy bubble-level would've been good...



#1286 DouglasPaul

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 05:03 PM

IMG_20220109_125041_copy_640x480_1.jpg I forgot to mention the foam from the Jason 313 box, I believe it's the full set.


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 12:35 PM

The mounts in post 1280 are spoken for, as are the tips for the 313 legs.


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#1288 Bomber Bob

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 01:06 PM

Shipping PMs sent for everything EXCEPT the Vixen Polaris.  I can see the floor in my Man Cave again -- WIUWT??


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Posted 20 January 2022 - 05:17 PM

Original 9.25 shipping box. Inside/outside boxes and styro forms. Free just pay shipping.

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