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Leveling Screws for DYI dob buggy

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#1 Shane1200

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 10:25 PM

I just finished building my dob buggy except for the leveling screws. Does anyone know of where I can purchase them or any suggestions on how to make them?

Thanks. I can post a picture if anyone wants to see it.



#2 Couder

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 10:31 PM

We used chair leveling feet - they come with the piece to put into the wood, TeflonĀ® pads, and long adjusting screws.



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 08:32 AM

Good place to start looking: https://www.mcmaster.../leveling-feet/



#4 TelescopeGreg

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 05:49 PM

1/2" Carriage bolts and a pair of nuts.

 

In use, I lift the trolley to the upper nut, then finger tighten the lower nut upward.  I don't generally need to use a wrench on the nuts, especially if the length of the bolt is short.  Using a block of wood (usually a bit longer than pictured here) under the bolt helps greatly in this regard.

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#5 Shane1200

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 10:18 PM

I think I will try your carriage bolt suggestion.   I was thinking of using a 1/4 threaded rod and placing a board under it, but the  problem is the rods come only in 3 feet lengths at the local hardware store, which would require a lot of hacksaw work. 



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Posted 17 June 2021 - 10:49 PM

I recommend using something heavier than 1/4x20 bolts. The suggestion for 1/2" is good. Quarter inch bolts will flex, imparting shake to the scope. Also, use a countersink or Forstner bit smaller than the carriage bolt head to create a shallow hole in the wooden block into which the bolt head will nest. 




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