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  1. I have had my ST120/AZ3 combination for about 2 years. Both have resided in a well-protected, but unheated, extension to my garage. My tripods are supported by hooks and brackets just above head height. This afternoon, I took down the AZ3, and found my fingers covered in black dust. This came from the tapered surfaces and bases of the 3 black rubber feet, at the bottom of the AZ3's legs. I removed the remaining dust with a cloth, and painted the rubber with varnish, and I hope that this will stop the shedding in future. The dust seemed to be of a graphite/charcoal consistency, and required a lot of soap and water to clean my hands. I have checked my other tripods and Dobsonian mounts' feet, and most of them have rigid plastic surfaces. However, the Celestron Cosmos WiFi mount's tripod has rigid rubberised feet, similar to those on the AZ3, has been stored in the same environment for about 6 months longer, but does not seem to suffer from the dust-shedding problem. My AZ3 "feature" does not seem obvious in normal use, when I extend or retract the legs; it was only when I touched the feet and got black fingers. Has anyone else had this problem with Skywatcher/Celestron tripod feet? Geoff
  2. Phew! Finally finished off my az3 mod to add some weight/s to the front end of the scope. Just finished attaching it to the scope, and tested it out with my heaviest load with the 2" diagonal & the Meade 40mm EP which weighs a ton on it own (combined weight just over 1.7kg). Works even at the highest point the scope can go and winds down OK with two weights fitted. When the scope is horizontal the weights are clear of the legs still, so no issues to move it around left or right. For most EPs etc I think just one weight will suffice, but it is easy peasy to add the second one if needed. Now, bring on the clear skies!
  3. Hi all. Just done an improvement to my AZ3 mount to allow easier & quicker changing of any telescope that will work OK with the mount. I have looked for a similar way to add a dovetail mount to the stand, but didn't find any easier way than this. I found a way to do this with two items available quite easily (and pretty cheaply) to enable this, which also doesn't require any extra holes to be drilled anywhere in either the mount or the relevant holders either. The two items required for this mod are; Camera adapter plate for AZ3 for £16; https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/camera-adaptor-plate-for-az3.html And also a Universal dovetail platform, which I sourced from Sky's the Limit off eBay for £29.99; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/381445730366?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The centre hole in the Universal dovetail platform can then screw onto the camera adapter plate via the large locking screw, with enough room for another securing bolt to secure it down further to stop any lateral movement to unscrew slightly sideways (one bolt shown in pictures, but going to secure with two bolts). The whole thing can then be bolted to the AZ3 mount with the supplied long bolts that came with the camera adapter plate. So if your not great at any mods that require drilling etc, this could be a good way to allow easier mounting/dismounting of your scope if you have an AZ3 mount. Photos below show my ST80 ED DS-Pro 'frac on the mount.
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