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Flat bar instead of dovetail for AT72EDii top ring attachment?

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#1 Taylor

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:31 PM

I'm looking for a short metal bar to screw onto the tube rings of my AT72EDii to mount accessories. I'm having trouble finding something like this.

 

Everything I'm finding is a thicker Vixen dovetail bar for mounting on a mount, I just need a thin metal bar.

 

Anyone know where I can find such a bar to screw onto the top two attachment points on the tube rings? 

 

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:36 PM

Not sure what your plans are as far as mounting whatever. But if you have the means to fashion your own, check the steel/ aluminum stock at home depot or lowes.

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:34 PM

If you go chat with a local machine shop they might be willing to make something out of a piece of scrap pretty cheap for all that would be. I've previously worked at shops that did small jobs like that cheap for anyone that asked nicely. Or if you have tools you could do it yourself.

What are you wanting to mount on it? That will make a difference in how sturdy it needs to be.

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:56 PM

Just buy a small Vixen style dovetail, universal accessories will fit and they are cheap to buy.  



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 08:20 PM

These people have just about anything you'd want, sell in small quantity.  There are others, this is just who I've used.

 

https://www.onlinemetals.com/


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 08:27 PM

ADM accessories, all astro bars rings, adaptors. Top quality.

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:58 PM

Taylor,

 

You can also use a 1x2 board of RED OAK as mounting plate/bar.

 

Just make sure to get the proper OTA ring screws, some are metric.



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 11:50 PM

Taylor,

 

You can also use a 1x2 board of RED OAK as mounting plate/bar.

 

Just make sure to get the proper OTA ring screws, some are metric.

Oak will work just fine for visual.  For mounting a guidescope for imaging, not so much.



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Posted 14 September 2019 - 04:50 AM

The local hardware or big box home improvement stores should have several different sizes and thicknesses of metal in the size you are looking for.  If you get aluminum it should be easy enough to cut with a hacksaw and drill the holes yourself at the required places. Chances are you can get a bar long enough to get several pieces in case you screw the first one up. 



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Posted 14 September 2019 - 06:41 PM

I use 1”x1/8” flat aluminum bar stock. Purchased from Home Depot.

 

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#11 Taylor

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:13 PM

Good ideas all. I just need to mount an ASIair with velcro, I would think some thin red oak from Home Depot would suffice. 

I'm surprised no company makes a product that will fit, considering how popular small apos are now and how many of them are out there with premade holes ready to go. 




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