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#1 khobar

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 07:57 PM

Hi folks,

 

I'm getting semi-excited to find the new iOptron HAE29 that is just barely within my price, but then having to fork out additional $320 for a fancy tripod and $120 for a pier riser breaks the budget especially when I have a nice CEM25p and two piers for it plus a couple of other heavy-duty CG5-type tripods that would work too.

Is there an adapter yet for the "new" range of mount heads to adapt to the "old" style mounting?

 

Thanks,

Paul



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Posted 26 January 2023 - 08:58 PM

If you have or can score the old style (ZEQ25/CEM25) minipier, you can take the bottom of that minipier and attach it to the top of the "new" (CEM26/GEM28/HEM27) minipier.  I did this for my CEM26 (having the old ZEQ25 minipier) so that I could attach it to my Berlebach tripod which I had previously bought the ZEQ25 adapter for.


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#3 jlinsobe

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Posted 26 January 2023 - 09:57 PM

It’s the same story with the AM5.

The tripod is very light but not quite sturdy as a standard tripod for bigger mounts.

The pier or minipier is highly recommended.   
 

I have an GEM28 with a minipier 5.5”   I was able to adjust it to the AM5 head.  Please See the “AM5  for different Tripod”   , or similar,  topic on the Equipment/Mount forum.

I’m sure that you will find ideas on how it should fit the iOptron HEM much easier.

It’s doable.

 

For convenience , I kept the AM5 CF tripod and pier.  But it’s not really a necessity. 



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Posted 26 January 2023 - 09:57 PM

If you have or can score the old style (ZEQ25/CEM25) minipier, you can take the bottom of that minipier and attach it to the top of the "new" (CEM26/GEM28/HEM27) minipier.  I did this for my CEM26 (having the old ZEQ25 minipier) so that I could attach it to my Berlebach tripod which I had previously bought the ZEQ25 adapter for.

Holy moly - yes!!! Thank you! My mini-pier sits unused presently as I am using a longer pier so very good news!



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Posted 27 January 2023 - 08:54 AM

I made an adapter between my GEM45 and my Meade tripod - completely different fittings. I made it from two bits of 10mm aluminium plate. The plates bolt together and each one is designed to fit the part next to it. It cost about £60 for the aluminium - far cheaper than a new tripod. It did need a bit of time to design and make though.


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