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    DaveW,

    I don't know how effective they would be for your problem but....

    Celestron and Meade make anti-vibration pads that you place under the feet of your tripod to reduce the vibes. They're supposed to cut down vibration time by a significant, measured amount. They usually sell used for around $40 USD per set and about $50 USD new. (See photos.)

    I also found a page on-line by someone who made his own:

    Home-made anti-vibration pads

    Pads might not completely solve your problem but they may be worth a go.

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    Default Re: DIY Alt-Az Mount

    That is such a cool tripod! I never would have thought of that without seeing it!

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    Default Re: DIY Alt-Az Mount

    I have a Velbon Stratos tripod and fluid panhead from the 1980's. It was used to carry one of those monster VHS camcorders so its pretty sturdy. I see them selling on ebay for $25 all the time and they are essentially an ALT/AZ mount. I have considered turning mine into an alt/az head for my cheap zhummell 114 reflector tube, all I would have to do is drill tap a piece of 1x1" square tubing and mount the scope to the tube, and then mount the tubing to the tripod adapter adapter. Might be alot cheaper than building one from scratch, and a fluid drag pan head would be awesome for a telescope.

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    Default Re: Anti-Vibration Pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Amurje View Post
    DaveW,

    I don't know how effective they would be for your problem but....

    Celestron and Meade make anti-vibration pads that you place under the feet of your tripod to reduce the vibes. They're supposed to cut down vibration time by a significant, measured amount. They usually sell used for around $40 USD per set and about $50 USD new. (See photos.)

    I also found a page on-line by someone who made his own:

    Home-made anti-vibration pads

    Pads might not completely solve your problem but they may be worth a go.

    Clear skies and good luck!

    - Amurje



    I wonder if filling the legs with expanding insulation spray, "Great Stuff", would dampen some of those vibrations?

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    Default Re: DIY Alt-Az Mount

    Wooden leg tripod is the best answer. Wood sems to damp vibration down much faster than metal unless it is very sunstantial. I hung a small workshop anvil (~3 kg) below my old EQ2 and it settled down quite well. I've seen the 'crutch ' leg tripod and that is excellent.
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    Default DIY Alt-Az Mount

    20150819_190752.jpg20140603_183558.jpg.,,I know I'm digging up the dead here.,but I was hoping to perhaps stir the interest in some DIY-ing among our members.,,here are a few of my projects.,,with more up-dated pics to come.,, the thing I like about DIY,,as soon as I finish something.,I come up with a way to improve it,,.maybe.,O+O

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    Default Re: DIY Alt-Az Mount

    Dave, please start a new thread.

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