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#1 Brent Campbell

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 06:23 AM

I have an Ultima 8 vintage about 1991.  It has the extreme heavy duty rubber coated “field tripod”.  Has anyone ever used this tripod with a losmandy gm8?  What sort of adapters did you use?    I am considering “deforking” and going with a gm8 for a variety of reasons.  it would be nice to recycle a perfectly good tripod.



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 07:39 AM

Your adapter has to fit this ( from http://www.losmandy.com/access.html ) :  EX4.jpg



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:29 PM

In the day (back when Losmandy was the source of the G9 (GM-8 w/the G11 "D" saddle) they made an adapter that was fastened to the CG-5 hub (a copy of the Vixen AL110 tripod). The adapter had a second set of holes that were threaded for 5/16-18. These holes lined up with three unthreaded holes on the top of the field tripod.

 

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Shouldn't hard to turn one out. You wouldn't need the bores for the CG-5 mounting.


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:50 PM

Where do those fit into GM8 as shown on Losmandy pages ? The system is the same as G11.

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:04 PM

In the day (back when Losmandy was the source of the G9 (GM-8 w/the G11 "D" saddle) they made an adapter that was fastened to the CG-5 hub (a copy of the Vixen AL110 tripod). The adapter had a second set of holes that were threaded for 5/16-18. These holes lined up with three unthreaded holes on the top of the field tripod.

 

attachicon.gifG-9 Adapter.jpg

 

Shouldn't hard to turn one out. You wouldn't need the bores for the CG-5 mounting.

Thank you....



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 07:20 PM

I attached a Losmandy MA adapter to the top of a Meade field tripod with just a little drilling and using some self tapping screws.  It looks like the MA could be adapted to fit the Celestron tripod as well.

 

Here's a diagram of the MA's base plate plate hole pattern.  You can always drill your own holes, as necessary.  

 

http://www.losmandy....ole Pattern.pdf

 

http://www.losmandy....z-images/ma.jpg

 

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