I have a small problem. For the first time in over a year, I have a chance to do some imaging (for numerous reasons). I have been working on reconfiguring my FSQ106 to use the f/3.6 reducer, and have all the parts, assembled most of the image train, all M48 now (preparing for the IMX455 some day). I ran into a problem separating an M42 adapter from my Atik EFW2 filter wheel, though, and none of the classic tricks I have tried have worked. I've tried using rubber grippers to separate (not much of an edge to grip with this adapter, its only about a millimeter thick), I've tried freezing it, I've tried using rubbery gloves to manually loose it, I've even tried a wrench with a lot of paper towel around it so I can avoid marring it (it was a fairly expensive adapter). It is well and truly locked in place it seems.
The adapter does have two holes, one on either side. I suspect those are to support the use of some kind of tool to remove it? I have also tried using a pair of true needle nose pliers, however I couldn't get them to grip properly without slipping out, and fearing scratching both the adapter and the FW faceplate, I decided not to actually try to do that. I am wondering if there is a type of tool I am just missing here that would work with those two holes, and allow me to safely unthread this adapter? Anyone have any ideas? Any other ideas besides what I have tried so far to help me separate the adapter from the faceplate?