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Connecting finder to a scope without special shoe/two bolts

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#1 artik

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Posted 24 November 2022 - 04:14 PM

Hello

 

I have

 

  1. AstroMaster 102/660 and the non standard finder connector started breaking off. But I don't have standard connection (shoe or two bolts for holes)
  2. sv501p 60/400 that I want to use over AZ GTi that is left winged - so the two holes connector goes to down left which is very uncomfortable

I know I get a separate shoe but how can I connect one without drilling the OTA.

 

Is there any shoe that I can connect with double-sided tape and zip-ties? Maybe double shoe so I can connect both RDF and optical finder?

 

Thanks for suggestions!


Edited by artik, 24 November 2022 - 04:15 PM.


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Posted 24 November 2022 - 10:51 PM

Maybe the use of industrial strength Velcro and a flat bottom  Agena Astro Finder Bracket would solve your issue?


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Posted 25 November 2022 - 05:50 AM

It would be a lot easier to offer suggestions if you posted a couple of photos.


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#4 artik

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 07:22 AM

It would be a lot easier to offer suggestions if you posted a couple of photos.

It is the scope, the mounting rail broke off. How can I add a finder shoe without drilling?

 

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 08:04 AM

This is the strongest double sided tape I've come across. It's very strong but still might not be strong enough for your finder.

https://www.lowes.co...Tape/5002000693

 

If you really don't want to drill/tap (which is what I would do) the next best solution is JB Weld or similar two part epoxy for metal. Once it sets JB weld is permanent.


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Posted 25 November 2022 - 09:45 AM

If the tube is steel, you might try using a few rare-earth neodymium magnets to hold the bracket against the tube.
You might have to drill a few shallow holes on the underside of the bracket and epoxy the magnets into the holes so they are directly in contact with the tube.
I have a few of those magnets are they’re incredibly strong.
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Posted 26 November 2022 - 06:05 AM

How about searching this page for something you can mount with double sided tape and an automotive screw type hose clamp.  Joe

 

https://agenaastro.c...sories.html?p=2

 

https://www.lowes.co...l-Clamp/4222043


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