Direct Bolt On Moonlites for GSO Scopes!
Posted 11 March 2006 - 10:47 PM
I'd just like to let you all know that I've been working with Moonlite on an install kit for ALL GSO scopes that will be a DIRECT bolt on! No more drilling holes for the Moonlite upgrade! This is a DBA Exclusive and only available thru DBA.
In order to make this happen we needed to make the bottom curve adapter out of aluminum so that we can tap the mounting holes. The original black nylon adapters just don't hold threads well and strip out. Because of the aluminum curve adapter the price went up from 29.00 to 40.00 because of the added costs involed. Sorry!
This install kit mounts by putting the bolt up thru the INSIDE of the tube verses putting the bolt thru and then using a nut to secure it in place. I have had MANY customers ask me about this possibility and finally I have been able to get it done. I hope that you will find this very helpful in your quest for upgrading your GSO scopes!
Some scopes are: Antares, DBA DSO, Hardin DSH, GSO, X-Class & Zhumell.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 11:17 AM
You have addressed that issue with an aluminum adapter.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:14 PM
Here is the pix you are asking for. This particular adapter is for an 8" DSO/DSH OTA. I don't have one mounted here with the focuser but once I get one on a scope I'll post it for you.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 05:32 PM
Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:59 PM
Yes I know. I've been telling Ron to do this but he doesn't do it on any of the install kits. A touch of flat black paint would take care of that issue.
Posted 13 March 2006 - 07:22 PM
I usually usa a black magic marker to touch shiny spots on nuts and bolts, but having them come in flat black would be nice.
Posted 13 March 2006 - 07:43 PM
Ya I know what you mean! The bolts actually are black oxide finished but the washers are not.
Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:54 AM
Any chance of getting an aluminum adaptor plate for the Orion scopes, I wonder?
Posted 14 March 2006 - 07:17 PM
There are some of the new model XT scopes that are coming with a different bolt pattern. Why I do not know but Moonlite is making them for that bolt pattern. The "older" style XT install kits are still coming with the black nylon curve adapters.
Posted 15 March 2006 - 08:26 AM
Posted 17 March 2006 - 07:07 PM
It looks like he uses stainless steel screws so they won't rust, as the black ones tend to do. For my self any way, I'd like to see SS button head screws which will have a lower profile and would be easier to paint after installation. The button head screws also tend to have a slightly bigger head, so the washers might not be needed.
Of course I don't own a DOB...but I've been thinking of getting one.
Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:07 PM
Yes your correct about he button head screws. And Moonlite is now using all SS hardware. (He wasn't for prototypes) However Ron has been using the sockethead cap screws for years now so I think he probably won't be changing. I can mention it to him again.