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#1 rolo

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 06:27 PM

This is the second Meade 884 tripod/wedge combo that I modify for a Q3.5. Drill a hole in the center so you can attach the scope with a 1/4-20 plastic knob screw and cut out an opening on the wedge plate for the power cord. Super easy grab and go that's light and stable.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 06:35 PM

Looks really good, too !!


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:30 PM

Did that on mine, and loved it too!!!  My only issue was that I kept losing the 1/4 20 screw!  Wasn't smart enough to cinch it down...

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 12:11 AM

I love it, I can carry it outside fully assembled and set it up anywhere on the back deck in minutes. Get my observing chair and enjoy the excellent Cervit, BB optics! Witn three eyepieces I have 6 different magnifications. These little scopes get a lot of slack for their price but they're so convenient to use that they grow on you something fierce! I got this one for an amazing price so no stress on investment.


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 01:05 PM

I went to the Meade web site to look at the tripod. My question: Are the 2 screws going up into the wedge removable?



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:56 AM

I went to the Meade web site to look at the tripod. My question: Are the 2 screws going up into the wedge removable?

Yes, They're spring loaded and held in place with a C clip. Pull out the c-clip with a needle nose plier or small flat screw driver.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:21 AM

Yes, They're spring loaded and held in place with a C clip. Pull out the c-clip with a needle nose plier or small flat screw driver.

Thanks for the advice. Hope you are better.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:52 AM

I use the top screw of the 884 tripod and rotate the base so that I can plug in my PG2 without drilling any holes. Seems to work for me.

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 04:18 PM

I've done that before and didn't like it. I want the  base centered on the top plate. 



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 04:21 PM

Thanks for the advice. Hope you are better.

Im hanging in there. Now I'm doing six weeks of physical therapy cause I'm too weak for a transplant. It's a never ending battle and after 6 years of dialysis I'm weaker than ever. 



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 07:00 AM

This wood wedge came with my first Questar, and I have hung on to it for future use. Just need to modify it for my latitude...

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