Last updated: 16 June 2004
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 10:08:32 From: Paul Davies (email@example.com) I thought you might be interested in my latest ETX related project. I have built a tower, which I have installed semi-permanently in my garden (with 4 masonry bolts). Its about a meter tall, and designed to carry an ETX 'scope both in Alt-Az and Polar modes. In Polar Mode it works in conjunction with a BC&F ETX wedge. (BC&F = Broardhurst Clarkson & Fuller - a British 'scope dealer).
The tower stays outside all the time and the 'Scope and wedge live indoors. To observe, I fit the wedge to the tower, keeping it in place with bungee cord. The primary advantage is that I don't need to lug the tripod out side to observe anymore. Considering I have the 'scope, the EPs etc and possibly the laptop, loosing the tripod will be a great help. The power is bolted down so the wedge will be aligned (approximately) north. There is some adjustment in the wedge for that.. There are 3 screw legs and a small level on the wedge to allow foe leveling it out. cheers Paul
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