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After a lot of thought on how best to mount my heritage 130, trying a photo tripod & not being 100% happy with vibration. I decided to make adapted tripod to accommodate the good dobsonion mount that comes with the scope. I purchased a small Goto tripod from astroboot for little money. Cut a top from a piece of MDF & painted it black. Drilled 3 holes through the top into the Goto mount & bolted it together. Cut down 3 22mm chair leg rubber feet & attached to the top for the dob feet to sit in securely. Placed a level bubble & strengthened the leg spreader with some washers to take up slack. The mount is light weight & really sturdy. All for the cost of around £45.
Ok, apologies if this sounds crazy, so here goes. 1: Counter Balance track on OTA 2: Half kilo counter weight on track adjustable. 3: Power Tank / Jump starter on floor. 4: Trailing Leads causing trip hazard. 5: That all adds up to ££££££'s and extra kit to pack. Ok now my solution, or am I crazy. Aluminium T'Track attached to OTA. T'Track sliding bolt and a bracket. POWERBANK attached as counter weight/Power supply. I can they run cables to stuff mounted on OTA / Microfocuser / imaging Kit / Goto Power Supply etc. So no trip hazards, cables neat tidy on OTA, no cord wrap issue, smooth power supply, counter balance all from one piece of kit. Going to try it maybe or am I crazy. I don't have a lot of extra weight on my LX90gps 8" so about half a kilo should do it. What do you think?????? Example Powerbank: EC Technology at £37, Key Specs – Capacity: 22,400mAh; Input: 2 x micro USB; Outputs: 2 x USB; Dimensions:157 x 78 x 22mm; Weight: 439g