Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2003 09:27:20 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Krehmke) Trying to save a few bucks for a real finder, and optimize my ETX, I decided to build a tripod adapter. I use a large Manfrotto tripod with a very heavy duty ball head that has a separate rotational control. Welded up a 8"x11" rectangle of 1/2" thinwall steel tubing with inner bracing to contain a 1/4" nut. Used 1/4 x 1.5" automotive studs with nuts and knobs epoxied on to capture the scope. I made it oversize, for a little shelf for eyepieces, etc. Made the top out of some .050 aluminum sheet, pop riveted on. Covered the edges with Velcro all round to stick on the Autostar controller and anything else. It has worked well, with the added advantage of being a handy grip to pick up the whole tripod/scope assembly and move inside or out. -jwk-
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