Before I dig in my project, I would like to know if anybody have already did this. I plan to build a second arm on my Nexstar8se I want to do that for : add stability, spread the weight and make a kind of build in accessories.
I want to remove the AA battery compartment and the 2 port from the base. Inside the second fork, I will make a space to fit in my talented 6000 battery pack( route the power cable inside the mount) relocate the 2 aux port on this arm( plug face the outside) split the aux port and install my sky portal in the arm. I will add 2 output 12v jack on that arm too ( for accessories like dew heater and other)
I think I can did that in a way that I can take everything off and get it back to original.
I will do a machining aluminum brace and bolt on thru 4 hole that i will do and tread on the base. With the OEM cover and AA battery compartment remove, it will give more space for the focal reducer and 2in diagonal ( I think its better for gear and motor to did that then use a extended bar and add on counter weiht) I have access to a 3d printer. I will print a new base cover and a cover for the new arm.
For the arm I was thinking to mouth a ball bearing on the top with a dovetails bar. I don't know exactly how I gonna fix it on the OTA cause. It will need to be pretty aligned if I want the bar fixe on the OTA. If not it will stress the OTA... I'm not sure about this part.
I know I should have bought a CPC or an evolution but I didn't. Not enough money.
What do you guys think ?
Edited by Walliut, 11 July 2019 - 08:46 PM.