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#1 Taylor

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:31 PM

I found this picture on a Google image search. 

How do I go about setting something up like this? Mount the DSLR and the autoguider on a dovetail. 

 

 

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#2 leveye

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:56 PM

ADM sells the slotted dovetail bar like whats pictured. They also sell small dovetail clamps.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:09 PM

Thanks!



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:14 PM

Hmm, I never thought of setting mine up like that. I like that setup.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:35 PM

You know what I did? If you don't want to spend the money it's pretty easy to make an adapter using a piece of wood and the tripod screw bit from another tripod adapter. Pretty easy.


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#6 Taylor

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:04 PM

^ also a great idea

 

I could probably throw something like that together in time for this month's new moon. 


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:43 PM

>>>>>>tripod screw bit from another tripod adapter

 

Or, if you do not have a screw bit from another tripod adapter, a standard 1/4 20 screw will do you fine. (and a lot cheaper at your local hardware store)

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:57 AM

The garage door has since been replaced, but the orange splot of paint is still on the floor...

 

A rough Bill of Materials for that setup is:

 

ScopeStuff  $(94.00) #FREU - Antares 7 X 50mm Correct Image, Right Angle Finder Scope, Black
Harbor Freight  $(27.99) Harbor Freight tools large aluminum pluck-foam case (item #39196-0VGA)
Adorama  $(599.95) Fujifilm IS Pro Body Only, 12.3 MP Digital SLR UVIR Camera with Nikon F Lens Mount, with Pro Body Kit
Adorama  $(124.95) Nikon MC-36 Multi-function Remote Cord, 33.5 inches.
Adorama  $(169.00) Benro A2190T Travel Flat Tripod, with Aluminum Twist Lock Legs, Supports 26 lbs., Max. Height 54"
Newegg  $(54.99) Silicon Power 32GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model SP032GBCFC400V10
ScopeStuff  $(41.00) # EQD6 8.25 inch Solid Aluminum Dovetail Bar 0.590 Thick, with slots, for CGx, EQx, Vixen, LXD55, etc GEM mounts.
Adorama  $(29.95) Redged RTH-1 Tilt Head with 13.2 lbs Load Capacity
Adorama  $(499.00) iOptron SmartEQ Pro # 3200
ScopeStuff  $(49.00) #EQW2-2 - Two One Pound End Counterweights for GEM Counterweight Shafts with 8mm Threads
ScopeStuff  $(18.00) #RDPQ - Orion/Synta Type Finder Mounting Shoe for 1/4-20 Mounting
Adorama  $(39.00) Feisol PB-70 Panning Base

 

And it all fit in the 18" x 13" x 6" Harbor freight case.  Actually wish I would have kept that mount, it was sold to help finance my Skywatcher AZ-EQ5.  Now that I have added a laptop and can take advantage of tools like polar alignment with SharpCap and PHD2 guiding, it would been a real killer portable setup. 

 

As it was it kept me busy for a couple of years, here's a closer shot of the business end.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 02:19 PM

Here is one of the ways I mount my camera on a dovetail

mounting camera, guider, RDF for astrophotography
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