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#1 TerryWood

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 06:24 PM

I found a very good alternative for counter-balancing a DSLR with your Q3.5. This may have been mentioned before, but I missed it if so. I screwed on a 95mm metal dewshield and added a old Celestron C-5 counterweight kit to the the front. Now it balances perfectly with one small counterweight. I'm gearing up to take some Moon shots tonight. Here are a few pictures of what I'm talking about.

 

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 06:25 PM

Another angle.

 

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 06:26 PM

And my target in the distance (the Moon).

 

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 07:00 PM

Where did the metal screw-on dewshield come from? Very clever solution Terry!


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 07:49 PM

Ace Select 78mm x 95mm Screw in Metal Lens Hood for Mirror Tele Reflex Camera Lens with 95mm Filter Thread
by DS.DISTINCTIVE STYLE
5.0 out of 5 stars    1 customer review 
Price: $25.99 & FREE Shipping. Details

 

Go on Amazon. Another  member here has posted- after getting his. Seems to screw on very good.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:08 AM

I use the same Ace hood with a 12oz velcro exercise ankle weight:

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

The exercise weight stays on securely and are available in several different sizes. 

 

The Ace hood is well made and has a very good fit.  It doesn't jam even at sub zero temperatures as I initially feared.  

 

Steve


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:12 AM

Hey that's a great idea too, thanks! 

 

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:35 AM

This seems superior to the original Questar counterweight. Except for the adjustable effect. Perhaps more than one mounting location for the weight would do it. Probably not needed.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:49 AM

I like the fact that it slips right onto the rim of the dew shield and can be slid around if needed. Those little counterweights are great and can be stacked if need be, but you probably won't need more than one. I also like that they're shiny and match the Questar. I like the asthetics.

 

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:51 PM

I’d have the urge to do this with something in tungsten. Small and dense.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:18 PM

Now we're talking! It would be cool if it were a round, globe shaped weight that screwed into the weight holder too. Like a big, shiny ball bearing with a short stem. V/R Terry


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