It has been raining intermittently since Saturday so I decided to try my hand at making a "proof of concept" base plate to attach my new Q 3.5 to a Sky Watcher wedge. Inspired by Rob Pettengill's designs, I bought a 1" thick red oak board at Lowe's and proceeded to cut it out with my miter saw. The following pictures (which I can't seem to rotate successfully by 90 degrees) document my progress. I have not cut out the Powerglide access hole as of yet nor mounted rubber bumpers to help position the Q while fastening it to the plate. I'm also considering the addition of a small rectangular metal plate under the screws that attach it to the Sky Watcher in order to better distribute the loading pressure. Balance is OK but not optimal. It seems adequately strong. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Eventually, I want to fabricate a 1/4" aluminum plate that will be lighter, stronger, and better match the aesthetics of the Q.
From an observing standpoint, On 12/27, started off with the crescent moon which was partially obscured by hazy clouds but which offered tantalizing views. Later, I was able to observe M42 which was an unbeliveable sight! The Trapezium stars were pinpoints, and the nebulosity was impressive. My son and I did a crude sketch, and it was a lot of fun. Also looked at Castor, and it was easily and beautifully resolved.