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Rather on impulse, I purchased a Sky-watcher AZ GoTo tripod head (pictured below). I thought I'd use it to make a more stable GoTo mount for my Nexstar 127mm Mak, either by making an adaptor to fit the head on a AZ-4/EQ-5 type tripod, or mounting the head permanently in the garden on a wooden tripod fixed in turn to three tree stumps.

Has anyone any experience, or any better ideas?

By the way, the SW and Celestron parts are identical except for the colour of the plastic rim.


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If you got some ply you could do what i did with my star discovery and make a wooden pier mount for this i bought some angle brackets to mount one of these to a ply base, i might still have them

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Geoff, these are the brackets i had in mind,


Imagine a ply base, i was going to use a disk made from 18mm Birch with 6 of these, 1 each side of where the tripod leg would fit, use the leg bolt and then fasten to ply

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Thanks. Those brackets are not expensive. :happy11:

Actually, rather than use disks I might make up wooden legs to connect direct to the head via some metalwork, and fix the legs to the ground. But I have a lot of other stuff to do at the moment. 

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