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I have Skytee 2 mount, on which I use the side mount for my 200p and use the top mount for my 127 Mak, sometimes at the same time. (Yes, I got carried away with secondhand bargain madness during the first lockdown 😏)
What I would like to do is use the top mount to mount my 15x70 binoculars so I can let the family see what I'm looking at without having change the height of eyepieces on the scope or them using steps.
For this I would need a sturdy adaptor which has a dovetail (vixen?) base with the normal screw fit for the tripod mounting bracket between the lenses.
Does such a thing exist? If it does, I haven't been able to find it.
Does anyone know of one?
By Geoff Lister
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?
Simple Vixen dovetail and ring pair to attach in a piggyback style a 80mm refractor telescope to your main scope using a ghetto style solution.
Download the models from Thing 2378540.