First posting here after learning a lot from the site, many thanks to all you people for keeping it alive and buzzing.
I've just assembled a brand new Evo 8 and tried it under semi-cloudy skies here in downstate NY yesterday - great improvement from a 5" Mak.
Now on to the question: how tight do you guys make the nut on the tripod center bolt (below the tray)? It seem to me that given the geometry of the tripod legs, it is pretty easy to over-tighten it (by hand) to a point where it puts too much stress on the joints at the top of the legs.
Also: the way the tray rests against the legs, having two very small contact areas on each leg, looks like a possible risk of making dents in the legs. I'm almost tempted to grab a Dremel tool and make cylindrical "notches" in the tray to make the contact areas larger and better fit the legs, but of course I will not do it on a brand new piece of equipment. Another possibility would be to use little pieces of rubber (inner-tube thickness) between the tray and the legs, or perhaps some thick tape - anybody out there doing any of this?
Many thanks for any feedback.