Last updated: 17 June 2001

Finderscope Mounting Bracket

Subject:	mounting finderscopes
Sent:	Wednesday, June 13, 2001 21:43:53
From:	rseymour@wolfenet.com (richard seymour)
What i did to add a RA finder to my ETX90 (leaving the
straight-thru in its original position)

was to take two short (15cm) pieces of plastic water pipe.
One about 4 inch (10cm) diameter, one about 1.5 inch (35mm) diameter.
Cut them lengthwise to create C-crossectioned chunks of 
 cylinders,  cut the 1.5 inch a bit shorter than the barrel of
 the finder.
Place the two pieces open-side-down on a table (forming two
With a file or a sanding block, flatten the top of each of those.

Now glue the two flat areas together.
This puts the short, small-diameter one onto the back of the big one.
Strap the big one to the ETX barrel with rubber bands.
Strap the viewfinder to the saddle the little one now provides.

(i wish i had a photo)(i'll try to find one and send it later)

This places (on my scope) the RA finder ahead of the normal eyepiece.
It allows it to point straight up, keeping the mental gynastics of
which way to slew to a minimum.

It -does- place my chin into my main eyepiece given certain
orientations of me, the barrel and the sky...

attached is a GIF of the two pieces cut from plastic pipe
 glued together to create a "saddle" for a Right Angle viewfinder.

power supply
The screws are used both as attachment points for the rubber bands (plasts? in the UK?) which hold the finder to the saddle and the saddle to the telescope. They are drilled and tapped through the plastic to -also- serve as adjustment screws (like the regular finder), by pushing the saddle away from the ETX barrel, and/or the finder away from the saddle. I used pan-head nylon screws (US: 4/40, metric: 3x.8) to avoid scratching anything. slap-dash engineering at its finest... --dick

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