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dcmeigs

What Do I Have Here? Tripod Find.

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I'm an amature photographer and have been doing some astrophotography lately.  My wife knows I've been reading about lenses for the purpose.  She found a telescope tripod for beer money somewhere and brought it home thinking it would be useful to me somehow.  I've posted a few photo inks.

Some years ago I set up a really nice Newtonian telescope that was salvaged from a university program at a beach palapa in Baja Mexico.  The motor drive had failed but otherwise it produced spectacular results in that fabulously dark night sky, so long as you kept spinning the teleflex cable.  I mention this as a means of saying that I have some awareness of the complexity of these things; it took hours to figure it all out without outside help.  This one seems to be well built and I think it has the basic features in common with that baja telescope; I'd like your opinion as to whether it's worth hanging onto, brand identity, links to setup info etc.

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm212/dcmeigs/IMG_9055.jpg

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm212/dcmeigs/IMG_9057.jpg

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm212/dcmeigs/IMG_9056.jpg

Thanks

 

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I agree with the other posters, the mount is an early EQ1 mount. They are suitable for very small, short telescopes and offer a basic equatorial mount.

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That was very helpful.  I was able to find a manual and read about the setup, correct a few things and I should be in business.  I see that 1/4-20 mounts are available for the camera too.  I want you to know that I appreciate the help.  It's a bit shaky.  If I can shore it up a bit to isolate the vibration A bit, think it will be good enough for some astrophotography. 

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