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Telepod/Gibraltar Mount Quick Release

Started by mrvolvo, 05/27/2010 02:53AM
Posted 05/27/2010 02:53AM Opening Post
As I mentioned recently on another A-mart forum, I've been working on a way to make attaching a scope to a TeleVue Telepod or Gibraltar mount quicker and easier. I've completed the project and it works. You can see this DIY project here: http://www.astromart.com/articles/article.asp?article_id=774

If anyone has any ideas for improvement on this modification, I'd like to hear them.
Posted 05/27/2010 03:33AM #1
Hey Thomas, I really like that. I want one.

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Posted 05/27/2010 10:35AM | Edited 05/27/2010 10:36AM #2
Pretty clever idea, Thomas.
I always get nervous when I'm balancing the scope with one hand
while trying to start the threads on the thumbscrew with the other.
Bad enough with the TV-85, but with the NP-127, I try to get a helper.
Murphy's Law is always in the back of my mind.
Or as we used to say at work... "What could possibly go wrong?" wink

Another good reason to do this:
I took the dovetail plate off my NP-127 once, to mount it on the Gibraltar.
A week later I loaded up the 127 and my GM-8 and headed up to the dark skies of southern Utah.
I set up the GM-8 one afternoon and waited until it was starting to get dark, before pulling out the scope.
Just as I was about to hoist it up on the mount, I noticed the dovetail plate was nowhere to be seen.
I knew exactly where it was though... about 640 miles away. Argh!

The only way I could see to improve your "prototype" would be if one of those ratchet type lever nuts would fit on there.
Otherwise, you did a pretty good job fashioning that sliding lever unit.
My only other thought was to make an extension for the original knurled knob,
but that would require drilling a sizeable hole through the side of the Gibralter cradle.
That would be best avoided.
I've already got a saddle clamp here. I'll start looking for another dovetail plate or two.
Thanks for sharing the idea.
Linton
Posted 05/27/2010 10:51AM #3
An excellent idea Tom, that should be a product for sale! smile

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