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#1 troy6666

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 03:39 PM

I've read that just about everyone finds the AZ on this mount so tight it makes it nearly impossible to do a nice smooth pan (as do I).

 

My solution was to buy a relatively inexpensive Feisol PB-70 Panning Base.  I mounted it between my tripod and the mount.  The AZ lock on the head stays locked and I use the Feisol to move the mount in AZ.  It has a slightly dampened movement and can itself be locked with the panning base lock knob.

 

Now I can use this nice little mount in "manual" mode when ever I don't want or need the goto function.  

 

If anyone else has tried other solutions that work I'd like to see what you've come up with.

 

Troy

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#2 organge

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:00 PM

Thanks for the idea!

 

I am interested in those rings though. They look very nice. Can you please tell me where did you get them.



#3 troy6666

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 07:24 AM

Here you go.

 

https://www.kyoei-os...ta2fc100df.html

 

The rings are:   K-astec TB-95N



#4 Observateur

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 08:21 AM

Thanks for the idea! I intend to buy an az-gti, good to know there's a solution if I'm unhappy with the AZ.



#5 CChristakis

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 08:49 AM

I've read that just about everyone finds the AZ on this mount so tight it makes it nearly impossible to do a nice smooth pan (as do I).

 

My solution was to buy a relatively inexpensive Feisol PB-70 Panning Base.  I mounted it between my tripod and the mount.  The AZ lock on the head stays locked and I use the Feisol to move the mount in AZ.  It has a slightly dampened movement and can itself be locked with the panning base lock knob.

 

Now I can use this nice little mount in "manual" mode when ever I don't want or need the goto function.  

 

If anyone else has tried other solutions that work I'd like to see what you've come up with.

 

Troy

This seems like a nice solution to fixing a poorly constructed AZ lock.   My AZ GTI works well when its locked but I don't feel confident using it in manual mode.  I am afraid of stripping the threads.
However the PB-70 Panning Base looks well built.  I like the option of using this mount in manual mode since I use the setup as my grab n go.

Thanks

 

Chris



#6 ron scarboro

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 12:49 PM

Do you know the pieces in the kit?

 

TB-95N for sure

DP75-222 I think

Maybe a top rail, can’t see in the photos




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