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#1 aa6ww

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 04:56 AM

Can some one let me know if a Vixen GP / DX equatorial head will fit on a celestron AVX tripod. I'm trying to come up with a more robust tripod for my Vixen mount to prevent the shakes when the legs are fully extended.

 

Also, im looking for possibly a larger tripod like this one:

 

https://www.adorama.com/cnthd1100.html

 

to use with my Vixen mount because of its height. 

Does anyone know if there are adapters made to make this tripod work with my Vixen Equatorial head?

 

thanks for any opinions on any of this.

 

...Ralph

 



#2 Chris Johnson

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 09:47 AM

I used that tripod to mount my AVX mount. Check the center bolt size on the Vixen mount. I had to make a wooden spacer for the AVX to cover the bottom of the mount where it meets the tripod. Fortunately the center hole in the head is drilled and tapped for 12mm and the AVX uses a 10mm bolt. I had to purchase a short length of 10mm threaded rod and nut to secure the AVX to the tripod. I also purchased a12mm threaded rod and nuts and a 10/12mm coupling nut to extend the center rod so I could attach the eyepiece tray. I have some pictures that I will post later. 



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 09:53 AM

I have a vague memory of trying that and I believe it will fit on an AVX but I can't remember if the azimuth adjustment pin lines up. Vixen brought out a new tripod with the Sphinx years ago called the SX and they were not compatible with GP mounts. The difference is the SX has a 45mm diameter recess in the tripod top and the GP has a 60mm recess in the top of the tripod. Your GPDX is almost certainly 60mm. A Celestron CG5 tripod will work for sure if you can find a used one. I think I have seen a photo of your GPDX on an older Vixen aluminum tripod and can tell you that the current HAL130 is quite a bit more rigid. And Vixen makes an adapter to allow an older Vixen GP to work with the current SX tripods. 

 https://www.mrstargu...ter-p/25169.htm


Edited by Nippon, 20 September 2019 - 10:00 AM.


#4 Nippon

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:02 AM

Vixen GP and SX use 10mm thread bolt and so does the AVX. The CGEM uses 12mm threaded bolt.



#5 Nippon

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:22 AM

This will work with both GP and Sphinx mounts.

 https://www.mrstargu...p/b14092spx.htm



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:27 AM

And there is this in the classifieds.

 https://www.cloudyni...vibration-pads/



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:57 AM

Hello aa6ww,

 

Not sure what your budget is but if you are looking for solid, well built and beautiful, I would go with this:

https://www.mrstargu.../b14092spx.htm 

 

If your intention is to have a set of legs with interchangeable adapters, then this is not it.

 

Regards,

Sam

 

Sorry Nippon,

 

I missed your reply and posted the same link. Great minds...


Edited by ssantia, 20 September 2019 - 12:00 PM.



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