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    Default how to mount my refractor.



    Looking at a 60mm Takahashi viewing scope and a Takahashi Tube Holder. I'm not familiar with how the Tube Holders attach. Is there a way to mount one of the Takahashi Tube Holders to a photographic tripod ?

    My real issue is that I didn't want to get at this time a mount and tripod that is 2 or 4 times the value of an OTA. I'm willing to deal with the stability magnification issue to some extent, but would like a decent platform for a 60mm Takahashi.

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    Tak tube holders have a 1/4-20 thread at the bottom so they can attach to any standard photo tripod. The tube holder for the 60mm scope is different to the others in that it has an extended foot, presumably to balance the tube weight, but I believe it has the same 1/4-20 thread hole in the centre of the foot. Shouldn't be a problem.

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    Tak tube holders have a 1/4-20 thread at the bottom so they can attach to any standard photo tripod. The tube holder for the 60mm scope is different to the others in that it has an extended foot, presumably to balance the tube weight, but I believe it has the same 1/4-20 thread hole in the centre of the foot. Shouldn't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b .nordstrom View Post
    Dean , you are right .

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    I ordered a Takahashi FS 60 CB and a Takahashi 80S clamshell Tube Holder. I'm under the impression that the clamshell will screw to many of the photo and video mounts offered by a company like Manfrotto for instance.
    Was wondering if the Takahashi clamshell tube holder would screw to a Stellarvue or Vixen dove tail plate ? I have no idea how these plates work so needed some explanation.

    At this point I'm just researching for a set-up that allows micro adjustment of the altitude and azimuth.

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    You can get dovetail plates with a camera tripod thread screw - that would attach to the Tak clamshell. You can also get third party dovetail plates specially for
    use with the tak clamshells, so you could attach the clamshell with two bolts and not have to worry about it swivelling (though that's unlikely to be a problem anyway with the FS60). For fine adjustment on a photo tripod, you could look at using one of the Manfrotto geared heads. They work well, but are quite expensive.
    Or you could look at something like the ES twilight-II mount (it's very similar to the Giro-II mount in my avatar pic - doesn't have slow motions but doesn't need them).
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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    This would work nicely https://optcorp.com/products/orion-v...tazimuth-mount and it's only $100 bucks. Good luck and have fun with that sweet scope!

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    And if you want an EQ mount for $99 here is one

    https://explorescientificusa.com/pro...-exosnanot1-00

    You can add a celestron logic drive to it, by modifying its included brackets a little, to get tracking.
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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    For getting acquainted with my scope I ordered a Manfrotto XPRO Geared Three way head and one of their tripods. Figure this system will be an excellent grab and go.

    I have been researching how to set up German Equatorial mounts. I need to look deeper into this $99 Equatorial mount. And I need to determine whether I'll ever try astro-photography.

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    Default Re: how to mount my refractor.

    thinking out loud here so please correct me, but want to consider a Stellarvue M2C altaz Mount.

    My Tak clamshell would be bolted to an ADM losmandy D style dovetail plate. I think the clamshell came with two mounting screws to attach to the ADM dovetail plate.

    Then the scope and it’s dovetail plate slide into the losmandy style shoe on the m2c? Does it then get pressed in with two knobs or is there a bolt (s) that connect dovetail to the losmandy shoe on the stellarvue m2c ?

    Thanks (for not smacking me)
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