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Attaching C-11 to mount by yourself

Started by cyclops37, 09/14/2013 07:59AM
Posted 09/14/2013 07:59AM | Edited 09/14/2013 07:59AM Opening Post
Any hints or tips on attaching a C-11 scope to a mount without hurting yourself?!
I find it very difficult to hold the scope alone while guiding the dovetail bar into the mount.
Posted 09/14/2013 12:09PM #1
Sonny Schug said:

Any hints or tips on attaching a C-11 scope to a mount without hurting yourself?!
I find it very difficult to hold the scope alone while guiding the dovetail bar into the mount.

The best cure I know of is getting a saddle that opens up rather than one you have to slide it into.....more $$ I know but worth every penny.

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Posted 09/18/2013 07:40PM #2
As others have commented, a tip-in rather than a slide-in dovetail saddle helps. For my C14 I use this process: I place a tall table next to the mount (like a camping table with home-made extensions on the legs) -- it needs to be about the same height as the pier or tripod. I put the C14 on the table, then turn it so it is pointed nose-down, slide it over to the mount, set the mount so the Declination axis is horizontal, and then attach the C14 to the dovetail saddle on the mount. Then I put the counter-weights on the mount and let the mount do the heavy lifting. Once the mount has lifted the scope off the table, I'll move the table away.
Posted 09/28/2013 05:37PM #3
In addition to the Casady saddle mentioned above, you could use a length of 2x4 to prop the CW shaft up in a horizontal position with counterweights already on - then you can sit the dovetail in the saddle, hold the OTA against your chest with one arm and tighten the saddle knobs with the other hand. I find this much easier than lifting above chest height.

You can drill a hole through the 2x4 to slip the CW shaft into to avoid the wood falling away while the tube is being mounted.