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#1 Piaget

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 06:49 PM

Last spring I bought a little Orion Apex 102 Mak & put it away , still in the box , in a closet. With so much time on my hands , I got it out & set it up. Pretty little instrument ... A month ago I got a Cometron 60x800 off GW. I gave the scope to a friend for his grandkids , set up on a velbon tripod. I kept the excellent Celestron oak tripod & great universal mount & put an Orion 1/4-20 slo-mo adapter on. The little scope is shown on it. I am trying it tonight. Reviews say it should be a nice clean image at 120x. I put a Meade 8-24x zoom EP in a Celestron 1.25 star diagonal on it & am waiting for dark. Hope everyone is safe & healthy , Thanks piaget IMG_0633.JPG

Edited by Piaget, 30 March 2020 - 06:53 PM.

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#2 ShaulaB

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

Best of luck with this sweet set-up!



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM

Thanks ShaulaB

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:14 PM

Should be a very nice lunar and planetary instrument



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:47 PM

Nice set up. I think it may be close to tipping over... 



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:56 PM

If you can rotate the mount on the tripod hub, then try to have the weight lean over a leg instead of between the legs. That will help stability a lot. 


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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:59 PM

Nice set up. I think it may be close to tipping over... 

Me too. Can you spread the legs wider?

That is a good mount for what it is. But, it is limited in how high you can go toward the zeneth and the potential to tip over.


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#8 Piaget

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 09:19 PM

Thank you all for noticing the balance. I have a 3 pound weight hanging down for vibration & stability. I cannot afford great mounts like vixen or other comparables. I try to make do with what I have. I will move the legs out another inch.  Piaget


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#9 Kasmos

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:38 PM

As is you have a somewhat awkward top heavy and double jointed altitude set up.

It might be a good idea to take one of them out of the system, but If that's too much trouble it might be a good idea to try the following:

 

Turn the Celestron portion the other way around so it has the tightening knob off center towards the rear.

Set it to level and lock it, then just use the upper Orion slow-mo mount for altitude adjustments.

 

Even if you still want to use the Celestron section for rough movements, I think it will balance better being turned the other way.

 

I hope what I'm trying to say makes sense.


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Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:49 PM

I have been using the same slo-mo adapter model for 16 years. Consider mounting the scope on the side because at high angle it doesn't quite have enough torque to turn the scope in the altitude direction.


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#11 Piaget

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:02 AM

Bkso & Kasmos , Thanks for your insight. You were both right , the way the scope was set up it's center of gravity was off & pulling away from standing. I reversed the set up and put the motion controls facing down with the scope center of gravity over the center of the mount. Much more stable & balanced this way. It removed a whole level of possible imbalance & lowered the scope an inch. Thank you very much. I will share a picture of reconfiguration later. Piaget


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#12 Piaget

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:02 PM

So I tried to visualize what you guys shared about scope setup & here is the result. Much more stable , thank you so much. I am here to learn. piaget IMG_0642.JPG


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 02:13 AM

I thought you might turn the Cometron mount 180° from the way it is now, but the way you have it looks like it keeps the scope's mass close to the center of gravity when it's tilted back.


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#14 Piaget

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 06:34 PM

Kasmos , Thanks for your kind help to a novice. piaget



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Posted 03 April 2020 - 04:39 AM

Thanks, We are all here to learn from each other. waytogo.gif




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