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How do you mount your tablet?

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#1 SJMarty


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Posted 24 December 2019 - 03:59 PM



I run SkySafari on an 8" tablet.  I'd like to mount it to a tripod leg.  After lots of searching, the number of ways to accomplish this are pretty overwhelming.  So...how are you doing it?  Pictures or links would be great, too!



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Posted 24 December 2019 - 04:08 PM

I have velcro on the back of my tablet.  With another strip on my tripods  and one on my pier on a wood wedge.

Cheap and works.


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Posted 24 December 2019 - 04:37 PM

Reminds me of my former tablet. I would bring up a white pic, and balance it on top of my refractor that was pointed at the zenith.  I was able to take good flats with it.  (Samsung OLED display with very uniform lighting.)


Until the day there was frost on my refractor's dew cap.  After a minute or two the frost melted, and even though my scope was pointed within a tenth of a degree of vertical, the glass/water/ice interface was so slippery the tablet slid off and SMASH.  It still works, but has a bunch of cracks on the display. 


Hopefully this tale of woe will spare someone the same problem. 

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 09:40 PM

A related thread....



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#5 izar187



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Posted 26 December 2019 - 07:26 PM



Works for print atlases, right beside a scope.

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:24 PM

I actually bought an arm on Amazon that clamps on the base and holds my tablet....which is nice because it rotates with the base.


But I first I put the table in a Waterproof Sleeve Pouch (similar to something like THIS) to protect it from dew (water damage).  I actually slip a sheet of red Cellophane in the sleeve with the tablet so the screen and button lights of the tablet are all red to preserve night vision as well.


These are just examples as you can search Amazon and decide on the most current reviews vs price what is the best current option for what device you actually use.

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:52 PM

I destroy a Rolodex stand (it's an A-frame thing for phones/tablets and I break it at the hinge) then attach it to one of the holes in my Avalon tripod. It's at the bottom of this page http://www.greschke....e/20180901.html.

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 04:13 PM

+1 adhesive Velcro patches


Lots of tabs on the tripod legs and the mount, even the back of the scope so there's always somewhere to hold it.

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 06:53 PM

I use Proper XLock for iPad and Joy Factory MagConnect for Surface tablet.


https://www.tetherto..._cases_ _mounts


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 05:30 PM

This is not for a tripod leg, but for a DOB base.


I used a gooseneck that clamps to the EP rack - about $15 on Amazon.

It is very effective, stable, rotates with the base, and does not interfere with the OTA


In the photo where there is a small clip, I replace that with a Velcro loop

to stabilize the gooseneck.   



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Posted 18 January 2020 - 07:29 PM

Nice music stand...


Holds paper charts and other stuff too.  Works with multiple telescopes in the field, and great at my desk in the house.


Tablet Stand.jpg



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 12:56 PM


I don't mount to my equipment.

I have a single USB cable that comes to my 2 in one Baby Dell, and it sits in a storage container turned on it's side, on a table.


Touching your mount, in any way, is going to mess with your images. So use a table clear of your mount. (Folding plastic card table, 3X6, 3X8)


I don't even like walking around my mount when imaging.

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