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#1 Sanyahun

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 05:53 AM

Hello everybody!

I have a bit of a problem with the relationship between the mount's saddle tightening knob and my new Zwo eaf..

 

As you can see on the pictures, my rig's dec balance sweet spot is the same position as the eaf and the tightening knob is just too big..

 

So I cut it off.. laugh.gif But even then, the screw was almost fully in when the eaf's bracket and screws were not in the way anymore and I could lower it to its spot. Can not cut more from the screw because already have small area to grap with a pliers..

 

Is there any solution by any of you who had a similar problem? Maybe I do not have to buy block of metal and a few long screws laugh.gif

 

Thanks!

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 07:24 AM

Riser blocks or spacer to raise the telescope on the Vixen rail.
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Posted 04 August 2021 - 08:55 AM

Like Andynator said, or just get another Vixen rail and attach it to the bottom of the one you have now, doubling up the rails and the height.

I wouldn't cut either the mount (especially the mount!) or the EAF bracket up...

 

You can also try turning the scope upside-down in its mounting rings, so the focuser is on the top...

 

 

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:16 AM

Thank you, I think I go with one of those riser blocks

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:20 AM

Like Andynator said, or just get another Vixen rail and attach it to the bottom of the one you have now, doubling up the rails and the height.
I wouldn't cut either the mount (especially the mount!) or the EAF bracket up...

You can also try turning the scope upside-down in its mounting rings, so the focuser is on the top...

I would not cut those! Haha :) I only cutted the knob from the screw. I go with what Andynator said, I buy a riser block, i think another rail height is not enough.

For now it works with the cutted screw, pretty tight.

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:38 AM

You can also try turning the scope upside-down in its mounting rings, so the focuser is on the top...


The best and cheapest option of all 😄😄😄
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Posted 04 August 2021 - 11:12 AM

Upside down, thats what I do :)
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Posted 04 August 2021 - 11:14 AM

Thank you guys! I try it out when I'm home

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 06:59 PM

Second the turn upside down thing. On my Z73 it worked a charm.  I preferred that to putting in a riser and it was cheaper too LOL


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Posted 05 August 2021 - 03:39 AM

Well, it did not work out for me, ofc :D after ai turn the scope, I can not attaxh my asiair pro (or guidescope), because the finderscope's shoe now looking down and thats hitting the mount.. I figure something out:D

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 05:39 AM

Well, it did not work out for me, ofc :D after ai turn the scope, I can not attaxh my asiair pro (or guidescope), because the finderscope's shoe now looking down and thats hitting the mount.. I figure something out:D


Ah. If you are using an extra finder dovetail (using both the handle and a second dovetail attached to the focuser body) you may need to remove the base from the ASIAIR Pro and attach directly to underneath the Vixen rail, below your camera. But of course this changes the balance point again.

You may need a longer dovetail to find a suitable point to mount the ASIAIR.
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