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Fixing the Twilight 1, VersaGo III, AT Voyager 2

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#26 Manny Myles

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

My take on helping remove the flex from the arm, no fuss, no muss, no drilling holes into the mount either, mount stays as it was made.

 2 screws to attach to solidify the arm then uses longer SS screws to attach to the base

 I should add its fully adjustable in all the stock alt settings

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 02:44 PM

Manny, can you detail a bit more on exactly how those side plates are secured, here, and maybe what the plates actually look like?

 

Btw, I like the bracket with the under brace...more secure than the “old style” MM bracket I had years ago for Porta.

 

Thank you,

 

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#28 Cali

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:51 PM

Any thoughts on the Kokusai Kohki Guide Handle ?

 

Thx

 

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#29 Mr. Mike

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:17 AM

I have some TW1 mods posted here in my thread that might be worth looking at.  I agree with the assessments here but you can make it better.  Beefing up the mount arm is certainly a good idea and the clamp upgrade is also worthy.

 

https://www.cloudyni...ds-have-a-look/



#30 seasparky89

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:08 AM

I have the Kakusai handle on my new Twilight 1 mount, and I really like it.  For small scopes, such as my AT 72EDii, it makes it much easier to move the scope before I start to use the slow motion controls.  Actually, the handle almost precludes the need to use the slow motion controls.  The handle attached very easily, usung the supplied hardware.  

 

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:33 PM

I have the Kakusai handle on my new Twilight 1 mount, and I really like it.  For small scopes, such as my AT 72EDii, it makes it much easier to move the scope before I start to use the slow motion controls.  Actually, the handle almost precludes the need to use the slow motion controls.  The handle attached very easily, usung the supplied hardware.  

 

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Did the supplied screws that came with the handle fit the Twilight I saddle plate or did you need to purchase different screws?

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:11 AM

Here is what I did on mine.  Milled out the inside lip of the arm and made a piece of aluminum in the shape of the opening and then secured it with some machine screws.

 

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No vibrations, nice and steady


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#33 seasparky89

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:19 AM

Actually, the stock Twilight 1 bolts worked fine.  I was not expecting that.

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:10 PM

Actually, the stock Twilight 1 bolts worked fine.  I was not expecting that.

 

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That's interesting because on the Agena site , under the Description of the product it states, 

 

"Note: Customers have reported that this handle also works with the Explore Scientific Twilight I and II mounts and their clones. You will, however, need to get compatible screws as the included ones will not work for these mounts. Please see customer reviews for more info. We do not include or carry these screws."

 

I'll take your word for it. Thanks for the feedback.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 06:09 PM

I have been following this thread for some time and would like to add a simple mod for the tripod. Original hardware for the leg pivots is a bit odd.  Threads are rolled on the bolts not cut. So the unthreadded sections are undersized. This lends to vertical play or twisting of the the joint. Also one side of the leg end actually sits on the threads. Over time this will cause unusual wear.  Most long shoulder bolts have cut treads. Finding the needed size at the hardware store is fairly simple. Length will be wrong so they will be in need of cutting for a good fit. In the pictures you can see the difference in diameter.  This also helps with the spreader creeping up over time. 

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